Waitangi Treaty Grounds has a year round calendar of cultural performances, public events and displays of the nation’s most important historical treasures

2016 Waitangi Day Celebrations

Ngatokimatawhaorua at speed

Every year on Waitangi Day, 6 February, New Zealanders of all communities, backgrounds and creeds gather to commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s most historic document Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi.

Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in Te Whare Rūnanga, the carved meeting house. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment at three different areas of the grounds: Upper Treaty Grounds, Waka Stage and the Sports Field opposite the Treaty Grounds. Some 150 market stalls have art, craft, clothing and a large variety of food for sale. Children’s activities include bouncy castles, kids racing cars and sports games.

For media enquiries contact Nineke Metz, [email protected]
For festival programme details contact Mori Rapana, [email protected]
Waitangi Day stall holders please contact: [email protected]

Download a PDF of the Stallholders Application

Public Film Screening: Around Cape Horn

Presented by Jane Hindle, R Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust

The New Zealand flagA showing of the 1929 classic footage shot by Irving Johnson on board the barque Peking rounding Cape Horn and an exploration of how the sea can create profound personal change for people.

When: 2pm, 24 April 2016
Where: Visitor Centre Theatre, Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Entrance is free of charge for Friends of Waitangi and Day Pass holders. Limited seats available, seats will be filled on a first in first served basis. Enquire at Waitangi Treaty Grounds main entrance.

Te Whare Rūnanga: The cave of Maikuku, the guardian of the waters of Waitangi.

Waka: Canoe, vehicle, conveyance, spirit medium, medium (of an atua).

Kapa Haka: Concert party, haka group, Māori cultural group, Māori performing group.

Ngātokimatawhaorua: Ceremonial War Canoe.

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