Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia

A significant slice of New Zealand's history, Waitangi Treaty Grounds commemorate the site where local Maori chiefs signed a historic treaty with the representatives of the British crown. Concluded in February 1840, the treaty recognized Maori ownership of their lands and granted them rights of British subjects. The agreement also established a British governor to administer the country. The grounds include a buidling erected in 1832 for one of the area's British residents, which today serves as a museum housing various historical exhibits and a copy of the original treaty. Get the most out of your visit by joining a guided tour, or attend a cultural performance of Maori songs and dances. A visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paihia online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We visited here recently with family and ages ranging from 8 to 80. On arrival we took the guided tour. The tour guide was friendly and educational with a great sense of humour. The cultural performan...  more »
  • We loved the tour guide who was incredibly informative about the history of the area and the Maori culture. There were plenty of areas of interest: the museum, the cultural show, stunning outlook to t...  more »
  • A must do attractions for all. The grounds are beautiful and easy to walk around. The cultural performance entertaining, fun and moving, and the museum informative and interactive for the kids. Loved ...  more »
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  • Amazing experience for the entire family, even the little ones (ages 5 & 3). There was lots for them to see and do and run around like wild children. We all loved the cultural show, so powerful and informative. Waitangi is a MUST for locals and tourists alike!
  • As a native of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands is a great destination, as it provides an excellent slice of NZ history. One of the most important ones has got to be Waitangi, and the treaty grounds. Recommended to take the tour, it provides a wealth of insight into little known facts about the Treaty of Waitangi, along with an excellent cultural performance.
  • Must take the tour. The grounds are so beautiful & wonderful for a picnic or long lunch at one of the amazing restaurants here. The scenic views, the cultural & historic aspects require time to appreciate - a few hours would allow you to do this comfortably - we had 35 mins
  • Highly recommended. Visit this place to learn the history of New Zealand. Very good guided tours and see the some of Maori traditions.
  • Iconic New Zealand historical place. Important Maori carving, canoes and museum. A must visit for those interested in history.

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As a welcoming tourist town, Paihia offers a range of accommodations suitable for visitors with a diverse set of criteria. Boutique hotels and self-catered apartments dot along the coast, some offering excellent views of the bay on request. While most lodgings are located in the town center, farther out you can find campsites and resorts that, because of the settlement's modest size, still put you within walking distance or a short car journey of the wharf and town center.
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