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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  • Much of your visit is outside so you need good weather. You get a good insight in to the history of NZ. Quite a lot of walking but lovely views across the bay.  more »
  • Adult entrance fee of $50 allows you full day access to the Waitangi Treaty grounds, Museum, Group tour, cultural show. The guided tour is worth it alone to get the educational experience from the Mao...  more »
  • A great place to learn the history of the Maori people and of their culture. Tour guide very informative and walking pace tour. A lovely cafĂ©, gift shop and museum.  more »
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  • Hugely impressive and the renovation has added greatly to what you can see in the museum section. The guides are often very entertaining and we love the history and buildings both old and new. If you want to go to one place and learn about the sometimes turbulent history of NZ, I'd put this one above anywhere else.
  • Day had intermittent showers. This highlighted the lack of planning for rain. We got wet listening and watching in the rain. Management need to consider more shelter at times like that. Restaurant was slow. Staff did not know the contents of common foods sold. That said the visit was really informative. Guide was a little disappointing as he lacked enthusiasm in his delivery. Observed another who had more force in his approach At the price of admission a better effort is expected. Like others I agree the admission fee is exorbitant. A nation with pride in its beginnings would not charge a fee!!! The museum was beautifully presented a credit to those who established it. Well done. Nicely laid out with very thoughtful inclusion of objects and documents
  • Wow, totally fantastic experience. An excellent unbiased record of events. I really enjoyed the cultural show and the insights into the history. The highlight of our Bay of Islands holiday.
  • Absolutely a must to visit. We did the guided tour, very impressed with the guide. Loved the show and walk around. Great history. Cafe well worth a stop in
  • Great historical place to visit in NZ. The tour guides have loads of information beyond the designated tour if you ask them, the museum and grounds are full of NZ's history if you're willing to do a little reading, and the whole place is beautifully serene. I spent maybe half an hour after the whole tour was finished talking to the performers; they were all full of information about modern NZ and eager to share their experiences. Well worth a visit.
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