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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
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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Hamilton, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

With all the political BS aside this was a very interesting and educational experience and is a must see for all New Zealanders to give them an insight into our heritage.

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Algoma, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This was a good introduction to the Maori culture. The meeting house had wonderful carvings and the 115 foot canoe was very impressive. The grounds are beautiful with lots of flowers in the gardens and great views of the Paihia Harbour.

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brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most enjoyable days we spent on holiday in Aotearoa. The tour guide was so knowledgeable as well as humourous. The culture show is a definite must see as you get to see a range of Maori performing arts - stick game, long poi, short poi, action songs, haka, welcome on to the marae, etc.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was incredibly interesting and much better than I thought it would be! Will visit again and allow more time.

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Auckland
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

It's well worth a trip here to see where New Zealand was born. The grounds are absolutely beautiful and there's a peaceful dignity to the place. The film is short but good and informative, and there's a great little museum in the Treaty House. Well worth an hour to look around.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend the Haka cultural performance as part of your visit to this great and historic site. The performers really have their heart in it..................

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This was a "must see" during our NZ holiday and it didn't disappoint. The Treaty Grounds show and tell the history of the Maori and European settlers in a superb setting. A tremendous example of how two cultures can come together in peace and harmony.

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Can't say I've ever been particularly interested in visiting this but it was part of our camp agenda last week during our stay in the Bay of Islands and I am sooooo glad I had the opportunity to visit this amazing and fascinating place. Most definitely you get the most out of it if you have a tour guide (thanks... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Had a fantastic experience. Was moved by the cultural performance. Very well looked after grounds. Had lunch at the Whare Waka cafe. Good food and good service. Very friendly staff. Overall a must to for every New Zealander and all international visitors

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There is a lot of history on display and everything is kept in excellent condition. We arrived late in the day so we had to take a self guided tour and we are sure the the guided tour would have been a lot more interesting. unfortunately, we also missed out on the cutural presentation. It might be better to call... More

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