Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

If you’re looking to discover the history behind New Zealand, then there’s no better start than the most important site in the countries history, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Go on a journey of discovery where New Zealand’s founding document was signed, in an inspiring and interactive full-day experience with museums, powerful Maori performances, gardens, galleries and more.

Where is Waitangi Treaty Grounds?

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is located in the Bay of Islands, the east coast of the far northern district of the Northern Islands. You'll find the historic site about a 3 hour drive from Auckland, or a 20 minute walk from the town of Paihia just over a mile away.

With your Waitangi Experience Pass, you’ll have full access to all museums, historic buildings, tours and performances. Start your visit at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, which brings to life the history of the founding documents through images, immersive audio-visual experiences and interactive experiences in a journey through historical moments. Te Rau Aroha explores further New Zealand’s aboriginals, re-telling their involvement in the war with personal stories from soldiers and their families.

Explore the Treaty House, the site of New Zealand’s most important event with themed rooms based on the life of British entrepreneur Busby, where you can visualise the scenes of the Treaty of Waitangi. Facing the Treaty House is Te Whare Rūnanga, a beautifully carved meeting house using traditional Maori design, with stunning artefacts and the site of Maori’s cultural performances which are included in your admission! You won’t miss the Ngātokimatawhaorua, the exquisite aboriginal structure built to commemorate the treaty. Uncover the talent behind the construction of such amazing structures at their carving studio, where you’ll meet traditional carvers and see live demonstrations of this ancient art form.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds cannot be missed in any trip to New Zealand’s North Islands, an essential part of the countries history and a fascinating activity that will last the whole day (or two!).

  • Experience Pass Price:
    Adult International $60
    Adult NZ Resident $30
    Child (up to 18 years)* FREE
  • Opening Times:
    1 February to 24 December – 9am to 5pm
    26 December to 31 January – 9am to 6pm
  • There is an onsite cafe.
  • Contact them in advance for accessibility support.
  • Free parking outside the main entrance.

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