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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  • Excellent place to visit. Allow about 2 hours. Short drive from the centre of town although a walk along the beach was also pleasant.  more »
  • We went to the NEW Waitangi Museum and Treaty Grounds for the second time, in a couple of months. The display is the most 'balanced' version of how the first (Maori) and later settlers came to be here...  more »
  • We gave ourselves all day to explore the Treaty Grounds and were not disappointed. The tour was busy but well organised. The headphones helped everyone in the group have a good experience and get a br...  more »
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  • You need to see this to understand the birth of New Zealand and the Maori people. Excellent in every way. Really enjoyed the cultural show. Husband was chief of our tribe and accepted the Maori welcome. Great fun and very entertaining
  • The cultural performance is a must, it's very welcoming and entertaining. The guided tours provide a well balanced view into some potentially controversial topics without pushing strong agendas. Foreign and local tourists will find this a great experience. If you've had very little exposure to Maori culture then this is a very good place to start.
  • From the wonderful welcome to the tour and museum it was fantastic. We unfortunately did not have enough time to explore more again. Thanks for a great experience.
  • The history of New Zealand without the bias! This should be a must to visit for all Kiwis and any international visitor who would like to know how NZ came to be what it is today. Recently opened 'museum' is high quality and well presented. Allow up to 3hrs for a visit. Do the tour and cultural show if you haven't seen Maori perform before.
  • Excellent modern museum giving a well balanced view of history. Treaty house well maintained and interesting, as was the two great waka. Well worth a few hours.

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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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