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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7437
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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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1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7437
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Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

We were keen to visit the grounds and view this important part of NZ. I saw the sign saying the government had nothing to do with the upkeep and they relied on visitors. But we were horrified to learn it would be $40 each. We...More

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Waitangi T, Manager at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2016

Kia Ora and thanks for your comments. A few of your points need response. Firstly, unlike all the other sites you mention, the Waitangi National Trust receives absolutely no external operational funding and relies on visitor admissions to maintain and enhance the grounds and heritage...More

Reviewed October 9, 2016

We had an amazing tour guide and my husband was even asked to be the tribal leader of our cultural performance! We absolutely LOVE this tour and highly recommend to anyone visiting the Northland!

Thank jessicawE3810ON
Reviewed October 9, 2016

From the welcoming staff to the great museum or the Maori dancing, we had a great visit. Our 10 year old son also enjoyed the visit!

Thank splouff
Reviewed October 8, 2016

Our son had told us we would need a few hours to make the most of the grounds, a guide in town told us an hour. Our son was right. To make the most of the grounds give yourself time because its a beautiful place...More

Thank Geepnz
Reviewed October 8, 2016

The Waitangi grounds tell the rich and complex story between Maori and early settlers to New Zealand. It's a fascinating and detailed look at how the social history in NZ evolved, and continues to play out today. The new museum is excellent for all ages...More

Thank Ian D
Reviewed October 7, 2016

Whilst the initial cost may seem quite expensive we thought the visit was well worth the entry fee.It is a very informative visit and the "cultural experience "and the tour are most enjoyable.

Thank calspickman
Reviewed October 7, 2016

The guide was great. He was a descendant of the original families. Very open minded about the combined cultures.

Thank ohdeo
Reviewed October 5, 2016

We took friends from Wales to the Treaty Grounds. This was my first visit and I was pleasantly surprised at just how well it is managed. The Kapa Haka is a treat for visitors and it is steeped in NZ history. Well worth a visit.

Thank RudiHefer
Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

Impressive place & a must do for any Kiwi. Grounds are impeccable & cultural experience top notch. Culture show was the best yet (and we've seen many).

Thank Heresmythoughts
Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

For such a historic site, this is extremely well developed and presented. The free tours are great with everyone having access to an earpiece so that you can hear everything clearly regardless of where you are. The house itself is very well restored. The cultural...More

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Rachel H
February 22, 2017|
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Response from 106emt | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a entry fee to the treaty grounds but well worth it, and you do not have to do the guided tour - that is extra - quite easy to have a look around yourself but will learn so much more with the guided tour.
December 9, 2016|
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Response from Waitangi T | Property representative |
Kia Ora and thanks for your question. You can arrive any time during the day, no problem. If you intend taking a guided tour they leave every hour, and our first cultural performance is at 11am, then at 1pm and 3pm so you... More
September 12, 2016|
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Response from Waitangi T | Property representative |
Kia ora, it is no problem for you to just come in without a booking and we will take care of you. Our tours go on the hour from 10am-4pm and we have 4 cultural performances a day, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. We look forward to... More