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“Nice but inevitable commercialisation” 3 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 6 Attractions in Paihia
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens, Outdoors
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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.
Isle of Man
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“Nice but inevitable commercialisation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We visited here 20 years ago and loved the simplicity of the place and its magic. Sadly, the location's increased popularity has meant a structured (fenced) site with all the usual rules and regulations that come with a formal pay-for tourist attraction. But still a great place to visit and learn more about the country's history. And the bay is amazing.

Visited February 2013
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“Must do for any Kiwi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I really enjoyed wandering around the grounds of Waitangi - great views from the signing ground. Only a $5 suggested donation for New Zealand residents who can prove that they are a resident, and it's well worth that!

Visited March 2013
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Crawley, England
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“Do not miss the Maori cultural show”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Excellent experience all round. Make sure you pay the little bit extra to include the guided tour and the Maori cultural show. The latter is stunning. The performers are genuinely intimdating at first meeting, then thoroughly entertaining as the performance progressed. They were also genuinely friendly people. This is highly professional, NOT a naff touristy thing.

Visited January 2013
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“Interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We were in the area and decided to go to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (where the treaty with the Maoris was signed in 1840). We were a bit reluctant at first to pay the NZD25 per person, but we were very glad that we did. There was a lot of very interesting stuff to look at and the grounds are beautifully kept. The café served an excellent cup of tea, and it was interesting that a chicken wandered around our table while we were there (we also saw an eel in the pond).

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting history lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We had a very good and knowledgeable guide showing us around the area. He gave us a good mental picture about what happened when the white man came, the local Maoris established their own nation (with their own flag), the subsequent Waitangi treaty ceding sovereignty to Queen Victoria. To versions of the treaty, one in English, one in Maori - with quite different content. A blueprint for strife and war.

Visited March 2013
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