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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

An expensive but pleasant experience. I don't need to go back there again. The views are available for free elsewhere and the cultural history can be read in books and seen on TV each February. I would recommend to friends or family to go their if they are not restricted to a budget.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We didn't join a tour or show, and it was still very expensive. A self-guided tour (following a brochure) is still $25 per person which we believed is over-priced. An interesting overview of NZ's ancient culture though!

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Ashburton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

we visited the treaty grounds while in the area, was pleasantly surprised. was a lovely peaceful place full of lots of knowledge for all. great setting on lovely grounds. nice to see what we always see on television, great dat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Last day of NZ trip spent at spectacular Waitangi treaty grounds - and embued some of the essence of the coming together of the Maori and Pakehia cultures. Everything experience on the ground was a highlight particularly the cultural performance at the Marae, the film depicting the enactment of the signing of the controversial treaty and its challenges. What could... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This was a great experience. However I feel it could get more visitors if the pm cost was reduced. It is a important site and this might promote more visitors

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We spent the afternoon at the Treaty grounds where we learnt so much about Maori culture and history. The information centre is full of interesting photos and there is a 15 minute documentary about the Treaty.The guided tour of the grounds is well done and well worth the time as is the cultural performance. The people involved in these activities... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

What a stunning place and an amazing part of nz history. Thoroughly enjoyed the cultural performance at the marae - highly recommended! Such beautiful native bush. A lovely spot - I'll be back again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We went here on Trip Advisor's recommendation and were not disappointed. It is a beautiful part of NZ, rich with Maori and European history. A must for anybody wanting to learn more on NZ's history. We got a guide who was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Extremely interesting historically and beautiful visually. We did the guided tour and cultural performance which greatly enhanced our understanding and was also great fun. We loved this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 via mobile

We went on a not very bright day in fact raining. So not many people were visiting bonus for us as we had more attention from the excellent guide for about and hour, very interesting without packing to much into brain ,( you know what I mean ). spent most of the afternoon on site and went also to the... More

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