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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
64 09 402 7437
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic Sites
Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the... more » Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori in February 1840. Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house and the the world's largest single-hulled canoe (waka). Guided tours and cultural performances run at regular intervals throughout the day. Open daily except Christmas. « less
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The whole of the Waitangi has a peaceful spiritual feel about it . My highlight was the Marae I was the visiting "Chief" for our group of visitors , experiencing a full Maori welcome and challenge on behalf of "my tribe" and once inside the meeting house having to reply to our host's welcome and assure them we "came in... More

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

This place was wonderful the only down side was the pouring rain and my shoes getting soaking wet. I took a guided tour, and the guide was so passionate about her culture I found it very moving.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Staff friendly and helpful. The grounds are well presented and I found the canoes were magnificent. The history of the grounds and feeling is spiritual.

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Croydon, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was a superb place to visit. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by all and all the activities were explained. Great intro video and activities. The performing arts dancers and singers were tremendous and could not have been friendlier. Our tour guide John explained all the history with a plum and some! Top bloke! He had such a nice... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the Treaty Grounds as part of our trip through NZ. We really enjoyed the educational guided tour and we loved the performance. I wish it had been longer!

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Kerikeri, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Waitangi is a wonderful place to visit, full of history and a stunning setting. Everyone visiting New Zealand and the Bay of Islands really should add this to their list. Great museum too and a lovely cafe.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Well, museum / educational type outings are not really my bag but I'm so glad we visited this attraction as the music and dance alone was just brilliant. There really is plenty to see here from the shows to the beautifully carved buildings and canoes through to just taking in the history and scenery. So if, like me, school trips... More

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

As it was the first tour of the day in the middle of winter we were not surprised to find that my husband and I had our own personal guide for our tour of the Treaty Grounds. This was greatly to our benefit as Denise proved to be an excellent guide introducing us to Maori culture and history for the... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We've been to the treaty grounds many times as we come to Paihia about twice a year. The grounds are a good walk (with a pram) from Paihia and are beautiful to walk around with views over the BOI. For some reason even on yucky days the sun always comes out (in our experience). Today we watched the cultural show... More

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The Treaty Grounds was our first introduction to New Zealand's fascinating heritage during our 5 week visit. The price is reasonable considering the things to see on the site and the view of the Bay of Islands is stunning. There is information throughout and reconstructions on many things relating to the Maori, such as a house, a waka (canoe) and... More

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