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 felt obliged to visit this significant attraction but were shocked by the inappropriately high price of entry. Consequently we walked away. Sadly we felt that we were on the threshold of being flee...  more »
  • The guide was excellent, funny and informative. The grounds were absolutely beautiful and peaceful. The 'cottage' was set up with it's early inhabitants lives and history described in much detail. The...  more »
  • As I had travelled to the Far North for work, I was really keen to visit an important site in New Zealand's history. The staff were polite and welcoming, the Waitangi Museum facility was new and well ...  more »
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  • 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
  • One of the best Maori performances I have been to in new Zealand. Has great history. Museum added in 2016 is very well done and nicely conditioned to get out of the heat if your there in summer. 100% worth it. Try and set aside as much time as possible to just roam
  • This is a beautiful site on the coast where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori and the British crown in 1840. Don't miss the cultural performance and tour. We stayed for the evening traditional Māori barbecue where we were able to meet fellow travelers and learn more from the great presenters.
  • Tour gave a good intro to Maori language, history and culture. Museum was comprehensive, well laid out, not too much info. Cultural performance sparked with energy even though the performers must do it several times a day. Good food in restaurant, I had falafel pita pocket, recommended for veggies.
  • Amazing place, good value for both NZ residents and international visitors. Plenty to do and see, great and friendly staff and very helpful. Highly recommended.

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