Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia

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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. For Waitangi Treaty Grounds and beyond, use our Paihia vacation builder to get the most from your Paihia vacation.
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  • A lot of NZ history to learn. It rained hard with high winds and we were soaked. I went to the carved building to take photos at the end of a show and was thrown out for wearing shoes inside. The exhi...  more »
  • Stunning location and fascinating insight into early British Maori relationships. Increases your respect and admiration for the Maori culture. A must visit.  more »
  • Not usually my cup of tea these pseudo cultural visits but l was surprised how informative it was. We looked at the grounds on our own first and then joined a guided tour which worked well wait filled...  more »
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  • Having been to Te Papa museum in Wellington, I was quite well informed about the background of the treaty so felt that the guided tour and information panels weren't very insightful. I guess good to go to if this is to be your first introduction to the Treaty of Waitingi.
  • Really informative and funny guide. Great tour to do of you're interested in the early Mauri culture.
  • Was on my bucket list to come here and connect to history. It's a must do really. Staff are friendly and the grounds are wonderful. I skimmed the history exhibits preferring to just take on the location and think of the birth of a nation.
  • The treaty grounds are a necessary stop for all tourists as it will reveal much about the history of this land. The tour guides take great pride in their history and welcome the opportunity to share it with visitors.
  • Very educational and currently being upgraded to more modern buildings, layout needs better directions once on the grounds though