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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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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

It's been a few years since our last visit and we were impressed with the upgraded facilities in the visitors' centre and the informative displays throughout the location. We visited outside of the school holiday period and there were only four attending the cultural performance. Despite these low numbers the members of the cultural group are to be commended for... More

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Greater Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

A wonderful experience giving a great insight into the history and culture of this fascinating area. The culture show was well worth while, and we found this a super experience

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Ra'anana, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Maori & British discovery history and cultural evolution. NZ residents enter for free. Culture actors enjoy their roles, making it fun not twee.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We did the admission/guide/cultural show deal and its great value. Simply stunning grounds and a brilliant guide (Denise) to fill us in on all the history. Dont miss the cultural show also, fun and at times spine tingling. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch in the cafe to fuel us up for the 25 minute walk back to the ferry... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Went to the Waitangi Meeting a House and it was an amazing experience and the show was excellent. Definitely recommend a visit.

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San Marino, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Terrific trip to the grounds. The kids and I spend 4 hours visiting the grounds, watching the 40 min cultural performance, taking the 1 hour tour plus having a leisurely lunch of scallop linguini and also lamb curry with rice (delicious)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A fantastic taster of New Zealand and the Maori culture. Thankyou to the wonderful guide Denise for a truly unique and insightful experience.

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This has to be one of the must dos in the Bay of Islands, regardless of your interest in History. The location and outlook is absolutely fantastic, and the grounds and buildings looked after immaculately. The sense of history is present everywhere and while its not huge by any stretch of the imagination, it has a presence that you will... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 via mobile

An essential part of New Zealand's history and well worth a visit, whether you are a New Zealander or an overseas visitor. The cultural performance is excellent, if a little corny at times. However, don't waste your time or money on the 'guided tour'. The 'tour' only covers the waka (Māori canoes) and the commentary is overly long and tedious,... More

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Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

After many trips to Kerikeri to stay with relatives I recently finally had the privilege of visiting Waitangi and the Treaty Grounds. Wow! What an amazing place! Geographically so beautiful. Perhaps the most breathtaking vista in NZ (and I live by the Marlborough Sounds). A true slice of paradise. More importantly a fantastic display of NZ history. Walking the Treaty... More

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