Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomes you on a journey of the place where much of New Zealand’s history was shaped. An absolute must-do for all visitors to New Zealand, the award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a national treasure and tells our nation’s history of two peoples coming together under the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Enjoy an interactive full-day experience in the two contemporary museums, powerful cultural performances in Te Whare Rūnanga, insightful guided tours, traditional Māori waka (war canoe), and café all with stunning views over the Bay of Islands. Hāngi and concert evenings are scheduled during the summer months – an intimate cultural experience not to be missed. The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do for all visitors to the Bay of Islands.
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  • Lydia S
    1 contribution
    Waitangi Treaty Grounds should 100% be on your bucket list!
    Waitangi Treaty Grounds should 100% be on your bucket list. Our experience actually began in the Cafe whilst we waited for our escorted tour to begin. The cafe staff were very friendly and enjoyed a delicious brekkie before starting our tour. I've forgotten the Gentlemen's name, but our tour guide of the grounds was wonderful. Extremely knowledgeable and authentic and passionate about the Historic event that took place on the grounds. Afterwards we experienced the cultural performance. This was moving and very powerful (bought me to tears) I feel very honoured to of witnessed this and thanks go to the performers for giving my friend and I what I call a memorable travel memory ❤️ Thank You!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Helen W
    15 contributions
    A must for any visitor to Aotearea NZ - Admission + cultural concert (tour included)
    This is such an important introduction to understanding New Zealand history. We were so pleased to be here on our 3rd day in the country. The tour guide was brilliant and what he told us was so interesting. The singers had beautiful voices and the Māori welcome moved me to tears it was so impactful. The whole site and the many exhibits are carefully and attractively presented. Incredible what we learnt in the military service exhibit. The sacrifices of Māori people in wars will stay with us forever. The Treaty Grounds is in a stunning location a very pleasant 20 minute walk from Paihia jetty. Great views from here over to Russell and all around. A must for any visitor to Aotearoa New Zealand.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 October 2023
  • MereteMadsen
    Assens, Denmark225 contributions
    A place of interest
    This being a Very important place for New Zealanders, we thought we should go. I do agree that the Price is extremely high! But if you are a person who are interested in history, you ought to go. As English is not our primary language, we are Scandinavians, some of the displays were too “heavy” for us…also we found some rooms Way too dark….. Still I think it is a place you should visit…to get a little back ground
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
  • Danni
    Brisbane, Australia5 contributions
    Standing on hollowed ground
    This is an experience well worth taking the time to explore. You will need to allow some time though for exploring. The tour very informative and well told by engaging guide. The museum’s well worth spending more time absorbing history. Tour takes 50 minutes and cultural experience 30 mins. Grounds well maintained and views spectacular. Cafe on ground though we were to late to sample fare. I wouldn’t go if raining though as tour mainly outside. Overall great experience for the whole family.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 January 2024
  • SKB2023
    Whangarei, New Zealand41 contributions
    So good
    I’ve been to the waitangi treaty grounds once before (2020) and thought it was amazing, I decided to bring the kids back for a visit today and was impressed We did the tour, our guide Hemi was great, very knowledgeable and kept his talk interesting. The grounds are beautiful, such a lovely view and the museum is really well presented. I could easily spend all day here exploring if I was on my own. The kids (6 and 8) made use of the clipboard and questions and answer sheet with drawings to do which helped keep them engaged. The were rewarded at the end for completing it with a couple of lollies and a certificate which they were proud of. I think it’s such an important place for all New Zealanders to visit and a great experience for anyone from overseas
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 January 2024
  • Stacey L
    2 contributions
    Important history
    Overall we felt that the museums and the Māori cultural performance were fantastic. The tour guide we had though focused almost exclusively on the colonial aspect of the history and we felt it really missed the balance of the Māori perspective. Highly recommend visiting the grounds overall.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 January 2024
  • FranckinLeiden
    Leiden, The Netherlands79 contributions
    My top visit so far in NZ NI !!!
    A must visit place if you want to learn something about the history of New Zealand. Heemi our very positive guide told us all about the history of his ancestors. Thank you Heemi for sharing all your knowledge with us. On this grounds the Treaty between the British crown and a large group of Maori tribes was signed. A waka was performed in the sacred Maori house. A great performance to watch! For the rest a beautiful collection of plants and trees. I very much enjoyed watching this all.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 31 January 2024
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Neil F
Auckland, New Zealand72 contributions
A great experience and plenty to do and see. I was really impressed with the development at the site. A great place to spend quality time.
Written 27 February 2024
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Julie Kaye V
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Friends
All exhibits were exceptionally well presented. The Maori performance was First Class. Going home well informed and better understanding of the process of the Treaty. Thank you. Marley at reception was so helpful and set the tone of the whole experience.
Written 25 February 2024
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CraigH0901
Adelaide, Australia1,246 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
A well-maintained and informative area. The musuem covers off a comprehensive summary of the treaties, their effects and the results. I learned a significant amount (as a non-NZer). The path through the museum takes an orderly, chronological journey through the history with some very good movie snippets along the way. There is a good boardwalk and outlooks over the bay. There is also the original Resident's residence and Maori meeting hall. You may also get a traditional welcome if you time it right.

Cost is NZD60 per person for non-NZers and all proceeds go to maintenance - worth the money. Easy walking but a bit of distance to cover.
Written 23 February 2024
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Travel wise twosome
Geelong, Australia116 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
The tour guide was very informative, with historic information and presented with good humour. A very interesting tour giving information about the famous Treaty. Well worth a visit.
Written 22 February 2024
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Chloé Maréchal
9 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
What an amazing night !
We were immersed in the maori culture. Our excellent guide, guided us through the forest, the rules and customs, the celebrations, the history around us, and the meaning of this delicious hangi.

On this night, we discover, we learn, and we connect with strangers

I will recommend to anyone coming to waitangi to be part of this experience at least once !

Thank you again for this wonderful night !
Written 18 February 2024
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George M
Windsor, UK243 contributions
So much to see so much to learn this is a must visit place . The people are friendly and knowledgeable on their history much of it not good listening if your British .Beautifully maintained site . Must also compliment the cafe staff workeded flat out to serve customers
I will not say much more other than visit and soak up the history
Written 14 February 2024
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Holly K
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Experiencing Aotearoa NZ's history and culture is a must-do for Kiwis and tourists alike, its a beautiful walk, and make sure to wear your sunglasses and sunscreen!
Written 13 February 2024
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Rebecca O
Queenstown, New Zealand3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
The ticket lady was awesome and friendly. Loads of manaakitanga from the start. The Kōhunga te Waitangi museum is great at telling the story. But we couldn't spend the time we wanted due to the attention span of our 5 year old.

Our guide Miriama was an absolute gem, taking us around and sharing the history of Waitangi including the whakaaro. It was amazing being lead around Waitangi by confident young wahine. Loved it. The ear piece is a brilliant idea.

The pōwhiri into the wharenui was well done and the cultural performance was beautiful. The handsome performers were truly talented and represented Māori culture to the manuhiri well.

What a beautiful stunning humble/humbling place. Kaitiakitanga is different being taken very seriously.
Written 10 February 2024
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Judith W
Sydney, Australia80 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
What a great way to spend an afternoon/evening in Waitangi. We chose the Cultural performance at 3.30pm, the Guided Tour at 4.30pm and the Hāngi and Concert at 6pm. The tour was lead by a young local Māori who had an extensive knowledge of the history of the people and events that have shaped the past, present and future. The guide was entertaining and passed on her knowledge using storytelling. She lead us to Te Whare Rūnanga where we became part of an inspiring pōwhiri (welcome). We were invited to move inside where we were immersed in cultural performance including waiata (songs), poi and a traditional haka (war dance). After the concert we were invited to meet the cultural performers to ask questions and take photos.
We then spent some time in the museum before walking up to the cafe for the Hāngi & Concert where we got to sample Māori culture and cuisine. The whole evening was entertaining, from the cook uncovering the food for the hāngi to the challenge and the live performances, and culminating in a very tasty and generous dinner (unlimited food) with fellow travellers. Quote of the evening came from Dane, our host, who was congenial, humorous, and engaging: ‘it’s our story, but it’s also your story’.
Written 6 February 2024
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Constanza v
Santiago, Chile5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
There isn’t much Maori culture to see in the museum. It’s all about the colonialism and the only worth Maori things to do is looking at the meeting house, which is quite impressive, and the Maori art for sale in the shop. All this you can do for free, unless you’re into colonialism history and would like to have a look at some photos with extensive explanations, it’s not worth to pay the more than $50.00 tickets.
Written 4 February 2024
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