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“Something you have to see in the Bay” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds
1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
64 09 402 7437
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Ranked #1 of 5 Attractions in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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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.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Something you have to see in the Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Having been here a few times before I have come to the conclusion it is over-priced if you are not a citizen but absolutely still worth it. The veiws are fantasic and sweepign across the "islands", however not unlike many other spots around. The forest board-walk was a highlight for me as it offers a unique view on the native trees and bird but the Marae and meeting house were very interesting to look at, followed by a walk through the garden and marvelling at the age of the trees. Would not pay for a guided tour or show as it doesn't appear very authentic and the guide we heard speaking was slow and patronising and was practically reading off the signs. Still its the history and birth of a nation and you can't really miss it. Good for a more relaxed day in the Bay of Islands.

Visited January 2013
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“What an amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

I went there expecting a bit of history but nothing special. I had a tour by a very knowledgeable, friendly guide who told personal details as well as history related to the things we saw.
I saw a fantastic culture show which taught me a lot about how traditions began and what it was like in early NZ. The views are amazing and staff friendly and helpful. Couldn't ask for more. :-)

Visited January 2013
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“Waitangi Cultural Show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Very clean site and very good value for money. The performers were extremley passionate about their culture and the singing was exceptional as was the dancing. Well worth a visit.

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“Beautiful gentile tribute to New Zealand's past.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013 via mobile

Arriving at the attraction the first thing to strike you is how beautifully kept the site is. Then you are captivated by the pride & the interest of the staff.
We just wanted to take a quick look but ended up slowly taking everything in and staying for the Maori show. We had seen a show previously in Auckland museum, which was great but lacked atmosphere in a theatre, but this was held in a meeting house and you were traditionally invited inside ( those with tickets). The show was much more atmospheric, not least because my husband was selected as ' Chief' and represented our tourist tribe for the occasion.
What a lovely place!

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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Very interesting good value put on a professional show tour guide very knowledgeable .found cultural show very entertaining

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