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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 2 days ago via mobile

As we came in via a cruise ship they offered a 20% discount on the entry fee. The entry fee included a guided tour with an extremely knowledgeable guide, a fantastic cultural performance and the chance to wander through the very new, interactive museum and...More

Thank Coconutcath
Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum is the real highlight here. So informative and presented in a variety of accessible ways. We could have spent a day just in the museum.

Thank weener2015
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide Kaz was hilarious, with a dry sense of humour. If you're doing the tour, keep in mind that you won't be taken inside the House of Assembly during the tour, so if you're keen to go inside, don't do the tour around...More

Thank Stef T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I did find it fascinating how the history of the treaty is presented, the museum is great, and I enjoyed the cultural performance in the Meeting House, better than another one I saw, though they are all very similar in what they do. However our...More

Thank Anne-Marie M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an absolute must do! It takes a long time to go round if you want to see everything properly. A fascinating story behind the highly contentious Waitangi treaty that takes you from the early colonisation by French and the British, up until present...More

Thank Alistair J
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds were very interesting. We learnt a lot about New Zealand history, well worth a visit.

Thank michaelbN5695YM
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did a guided tour + the show. The show was nice but tour was poor. Book early or atleast enquire their opening and closing times. They sometimes (like ok weekends ) close early. If you ate not keen about the history of NZ, or...More

Waitangi T, Manager at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Kia ora and thanks for your feedback. Just a correction to your comment about our hours - we do not close early at any time, our hours are 9am to 5pm all year, except from 26 December to 28 February when we are open until...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We are not museum goers or history buffs but thoroughly enjoyed our guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the stories behind the treaty.

Thank DanandLiz3107
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were pleasantly surprised by our time here, it was very educational and interesting. I would highly recommend the guided tours, our guide was full of information, story’s and jokes which provides a fun, light hearted element. We also enjoyed the performance at the end...More

Thank Zamy83
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the museum and went on a guided walk during the day. This was great and then in the evening we returned for the Hungi. The night time activities were all a little "crammed" into too tight a time period leaving us little time...More

Thank JMenso
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14 November 2017|
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Response from DaveBAmersham | Reviewed this property |
The guided tour took about 45 minutes. I would say it would not not be suitable for young children. There are no facilities that would be of interest like play areas. The tour would not be of interest because of the deep... More
Rachel H
22 February 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.
9 December 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