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Address: 1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 9-402 7437

Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is...

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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A deffinate 'must do', if you have any respect for Maori history and their nation.

My wife and I have been very fortunate in being able to travel widely around the world. We have always steered away from large crowds, 'organised' tours and other 'touristy type... read more

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Champlemy, France
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Champlemy, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife and I have been very fortunate in being able to travel widely around the world. We have always steered away from large crowds, 'organised' tours and other 'touristy type events'. However, on our recent visit to New Zealand we did pre-book a 'Maori cultural' evening at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which included in the ticket price free entry... More 

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Uturoa, French Polynesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful exhibits. Modern. Great tour guide. Clean, tidy, gorgeous grounds. Two sons found it interesting and worthwhile.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

At $40 NZD for entrance fee and $20 NZD for A kiwi entrance fee. We decided not to go in. Rip off, my kiwi friend had seen it before and assured me it wasn't worth that.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Good place to learn about New Zealand's history and the Maori culture. Nice museum and great views from the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must see for the history buffs. Had a 1 hour guided tour as part of a Bay of Islands package tour. The Maori Guide was informative and provided interesting perspective, but 1 hour seemed not long enough for the visit to the Grounds. It would have been great if there was more time to explore the grounds... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

For those who would like to get a taste of the culture and early history of New Zealand, then a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must. Please allow as much time as you can because you can become immersed in the wonderful brand new museum and get lost for hours. Book yourself on a guided tour also... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't miss this if you are going to the Bay of Islands. Very well organised and the new museum impressive. Loved the Maori cultural show too. Learned a great deal!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I visit this historical place and it was worth it also a must see if you go to NZ ( Aotearoa). Only the price of 40 dollar is really to much and I know that in poor countries as a tourist we must pay more, no problem! But in NZ like also at the Auckland museum is a big laugh.... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So much going on here, so much history, and so much to learn. Our trip here has inspired us to read more about the Treaty of Waitangi and understand the context of European contact. Better exhibits than I had anticipated.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is part of the heritage of NZ where the Maori tribes came together to sign the Treaty of Waitangi. Although we have been here previously the wonderful ambience was still tangible. The new museum is world class with many excellent information panels, videos and artifacts. The gift shop had only opened the day before after undoing extensive renovations. I... More 

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