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Address: 1 Tau Henare Dr, Paihia, New Zealand
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+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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Excellent visit. The tour guide was the absolute highlight - knowledgeable and entertaining - but the whole experience was very enjoyable. Well presented grounds, entertaining... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2015
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

Excellent visit. The tour guide was the absolute highlight - knowledgeable and entertaining - but the whole experience was very enjoyable. Well presented grounds, entertaining Maori folk experience (mainly music and dancing), spectacular views. A genuinely important historical site being looked after and presented well.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

Did the 10am guided tour, very well done had our own headsets and the tour guide (forget his name) was lovely and passionate about the history. We paid the for the ultimate combo and got to go inside the carved meeting house, where we sat and watched the cultural dance. The scenery was beautiful very photogenic.

Thank Jess_Adam2021
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2015

This is a place where actual history was made. The treaty grounds are superbly maintained and the treaty house itself is worth a visit alone. Such a sense of history surrounds you as you walk around the place. An absolute must-see!!

Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

A visit to the north of New Zealand would not be complete without a visit to this historic site. Apart from the stunning views, there is a deep history here that is good to understand. You can guide yourself, or take a guided tour, which I would recommend. Walking through James Busby's house is very interesting, and if you have... More 

Thank AlphaTravelling
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

first time vistor.and we will be back.theres so much to look at.the grounds were amazing,the performance was awesome.and they took the time to take pictures with people afterwards.so pretty this place. we came down by car to this place and were there for hours.walking around.it is truly a wonderful place.full of history as well as native bush and u can... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

It's the first time that I have been to the grounds and throughly enjoyed the visit. It's full of so much history that that you feel like your transported back in time.

Thank Bobby K
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 18 December 2015

The treaty grounds good for a quiet visit at your own pace or you can opt to have a guided tour. In addition to the information and artefacts related to the treaty signing there is also birdlife to be observed.

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 17 December 2015 via mobile

I had the pleasure of taking the last tour of the day, the last day I was in Paihia. Very interesting and informative and a place all New Zealanders can be proud of. I'll have to return as the Center was closing following my tour and I thus missed the museum. Very impressive Maori facilities and War canoe which is... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

Not to be missed when visiting area. You should do combo of show and tour. The performers are amazing!

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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 16 December 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth a visit. We did the tour and the show and were very impressed by the staff and the knowledge they were able to pass on. They had a real passion for the history and the place. The grounds are beautiful and easy to walk around.

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