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Address: 1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
Phone Number: 64 09 402 7437
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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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$30*
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$187*
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My wife and l (both NZer's) really enjoyed our visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds which included visiting the museum, then a tour of the grounds with an entertaining guide, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
David M
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and l (both NZer's) really enjoyed our visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds which included visiting the museum, then a tour of the grounds with an entertaining guide, and Maori welcome and dances finished with a Haka. I would have given it 5* except for the $20 enterence fee for NZer's and $40 for overseas visitors - I believe... More 

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Waitangi T, Manager at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, responded to this review

Kia ora and thanks for your feedback. Just to clarify - the Waitangi Treaty Grounds receives absolutely no government operating funding, indeed no funding from any external source, so we rely on visitor admissions to operate and keep the grounds and buildings in the best condition. We believe our admission prices offer extremely good value for money and feedback on... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived late in the day and caught the last tour... But the experienced staff knew we'd have little time for it all, and we received a return pass! The museum needs about 3 hrs to fully appreciate all the well presented information. Using picture boards, interactive screens and artefacts. The grounds are superb and the cultural presentation in the... More 

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Peterborough
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The new museum had my 16 year old boys interested and engaged in the history of New Zealand. It's not often a museum can do this so I have to say I was impressed. The grounds are beautiful and enjoyed the cultural show. Cafe has good food.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really impressed with the new museum - very informative and well laid out. Good tour, our guide was informative and funny and took it at a good pace.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Educational, informative (in good ways) and placed in a stunning location. The visuals at and from the Treaty Grounds were fantastic.

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Pomona, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Much better than the commercial shows in Rotorua. The new museum was well done. The show at the top was exhilarating and informative. You could stay all day just to walk the grounds.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

By taking a guided tour we got a first hand history lesson from a direct descendant of Mr Busby, the first Englishman assigned to live at the treaty grounds and who was instrumental in organising and enacting the Treaty- the controversial treaty which has ben subject to debate for the last 180 years. Seeing the treaty grounds and visiting the... More 

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Port Gentil, Gabon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is worth a visit as it gives you some great information about the agreement the Maori signed up for.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Upon purchasing tickets, we were asked where we were from. As kiwis, price was $20 each. Looking online, price for non-New Zealanders is $40 each. Free guided tour and cultural experience included in ticket price, but we only had an hour or two to spend there so weren't able to join this - would be nice to have the tour... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I did this tour with my partner for the first time even though I grew up in the far north. Im not usually a museum person but this time i couldn't drag myself out almost missed the tour haha. Loved the tour though and the tour guide, he was very informative and funny as. Awesome performance at the marae. Definitely... More 

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