The site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 and represents sections of the NZ people. Make sure you see the video theatre before going through the grounds as it explains much of what you are about to see.It was occupied by various Maori tribes before European settlers visited the bay.43 Maori chiefs signed the Declaration of the Independce of NZ (Treaty of Waitangi) with the British Government representative. It is an agreement between two peoples to live and work together in one nation. It guarantees the rights of both Maori and non-Maori citizens. A naval flagstaff marks the spot where the Treaty was signed. There is a European house on the site with very interesting displays including a maritime flag registered for northern Maori chiefs locally built ships. Also there is a Maori meeting house with carvings depicting ancestors from many tribes. At the lower end of the site is a Maori long canoe made from kauri trees. You get a fabulous view over the Bay of Islands from the grassed area near the flagstaff. Don't miss seeing the NZ silver fern as you walk over the boardwalk. If the sun is shining it stands out clearly, otherwise turn one of the leaves over to see the silver underside of the fern. It is free for New Zealanders but 26NZD for others. We stayed for over 2 hours and could have spent more time there. A must for anyone wanting to know more about the history of NZ. Good coffee shop near entrance.
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