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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  • We had a great time at the Treaty Grounds Having been here 7 years ago it was great to return and see the enhancements to make this an even better experience than last time. This time we did an...  more »
  • An excellent and entertaining tour guide took us through the Treaty grounds. I also enjoyed the new war memorial museum Te Rau Aroha which focuses on the 28th Maori Battalion - thought this was...  more »
  • A great experience for gaining a greater understanding of Maori culture and New Zealand history. A must do when in Paihia, we spent 4 hours here over a long weekend, just take your time experience it....  more »
  • 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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