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. 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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  • Has been 20 years since my last visit and they have made it even more amazing a great tribute to history of our country.  more »
  • Great place, lots of people in front of us weren't aware of the cost and turned away...why come all this way and leave empty handed? This is one of the most important museums in the country and birth....  more »
  • Hi Guys, this is a must when visiting Paihia. Its the birth place of NZ and has lots of information for the history buff in you. We highly recommend this 👌  more »
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  • We had little idea of what to expect but were blown away by this beautiful cultural experience. Our guide during the tour was excellent, the performance amazing & to be able to get photos with the performers & have them answer questions was most informative. We returned the following day just to pick up what we missed the day prior. A very important part of NZ history that must continue to be funded for all the world to experience when visiting the Bay of Islands.
  • Expensive ($50 each) to access, but for that you get an informative guided tour, and if the times line up, a live Maori show. The tour was pleasant, and one gets to walk along boardwalks and covered walkways. Fabulous views of the bay from the top. The newly opened veterans museum is worth checking out too. Nice gift shop.
  • Got to be the best cultural experience in our little country. Authentic, honest, beautiful and just one of those places you have to go as a kiwi. Can't recommend it highly enough. The tour guides are awesome and not something I normally go for, but so worth it.
  • Beautiful location and very informative guide. You get a wireless headset so you don't have to be close to the guide to hear what he's saying. The history is fascinating and there's plenty to see. Only disappointment was not seeing the actual treaty (or even a copy of it), seems a rather large omission to an otherwise excellent tour.
  • Walk through a piece of New Zealand history, on the same grounds as the Maori whom greeted the initial European settlers into this wonderful land. A place where a somewhat controversial treaty was signed, in a well preserved museum, celebrating the cultures and the historical moment. We really enjoyed seeing the Waka and learning more about Maori culture 👊🏽

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