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“Waitangi Treaty Grounds” 4 of 5 stars
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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
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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.
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“Waitangi Treaty Grounds”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We visited here on a rainy day so that interfered with the views from the cliffs, but we enjoyed the treaty house and the marae. The grounds and the walk to the treaty house are beautiful with lots of large fern trees and the walkway is raised above the forest floor. The displays in the treaty house were very informative and there was a nice garden out back. The only drawback was the cost of entry - $25 for non-New Zealanders. Free if you are a New Zealand citizen.

Visited November 2012
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“Waitangi Treaty Grounds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Wow, my husband and I were absolutely blown away by the fantastic grounds, guide, information and cultural show (better than one we saw in Rotorua) -the performers met the audience after the show, had photos with them and interacted well and answered questions. We are NZ'ers and learnt so much about the Treaty of Waitangi. We now have a better respect for all those involved in the process. Highly recommended for families with upper-primary/high school aged children, particularly NZ residents. A bit pricey for non-NZ residents.

Visited January 2013
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“Coffee with a Maori twist”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Just a short walk from New Zealand's biggest Waka (canoe) is this lovely coffee shop with its own duck pond and rooster.
This also follows the excellent show at the visitors centre describing the history of the Waitangi Treaty and the people behind it.
The original treaty house, plus a Maori meeting house are beautifully restored and bring to life the early history of New Zealand.
The coffee house is a great place for a break to absorb this fascinating history of New Zealand

Visited January 2013
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“A visit is a must to understand the formation of current New Zealand”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We visited the Waitangi Treaty grounds where the historic treaty between the British & the Maori chiefs was signed. This place is deemed as the birthplace of New Zealand so a 'must do'. We opted for the guided tour and a cultural performance at $45 per adult and it was well worth it. The tour guide was knowledgeable and as a descendant of one of the treaty signatories brought it to life in a relevant way. There was much more to the place then we thought with beautiful grounds , the largest Maori War canoe in existence, a Maori meeting house and not to mention spectacular views out to sea. The cultural experience was performed by the resident arts and music group, in the meeting house, and was surprisingly good. It was a mixture of narrative,, drama, song and demonstration and the performance was polished, informative and entertaining. If you go to Waitangi, it's well worth paying the extra for the guided tour and cultural experience.

Visited January 2013
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Guided tour of treaty grounds very informative, Tour guide being of Maori descent able to give us valuable insight into significance of this area. Show put on by Maori group very convincing - a very passionate people. Would rate it better than show put on at Te Puia in Rotorua.

Visited January 2013
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