Nau Mai Haere Mai

Welcome to New Zealand's most important historic site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are at the Bay of Islands - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation.

Map of New Zealand with Waitangi pinned

Plan your visit

From Auckland: We are about 3 hours’ drive from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (165km) and then Kawakawa (a further 60km). From there follow the signs to the Bay of Islands and Paihia (15km). Take the waterfront road through Paihia to the roundabout. Go straight through the roundabout, across the one-lane bridge to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (signposted)

From Paihia: We are 2km from Paihia, an easy 25-minute walk or 2-minute drive.

Opening Hours:

Open daily except Christmas Day.

26 December to
29 February:

9am to 6pm

1 March
to 24 December:

9am to 5pm

Call to make a booking with us now: +64 9 402 7437 or 0800 9248 2644 (Free phone within NZ)

Call to book now: +64 9 402 7437
0800 9248 2644 (Free phone
within NZ)

Treaty Grounds

Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown - the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Visit treasures such as the Treaty House, Meeting House, Flagstaff and Ceremonial War Canoe.

Download a map of the Waitangi Treaty Gounds
PDF (412kb)

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Cultural Experiences

Tours & Experiences

Gain a deeper understanding during a guided tour with one of our professional guides and enjoy a high quality cultural performance in our beautiful carved meeting house (Whare Rūnanga). Visit this section for entry and tour prices, and more detail on the experiences.

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Day Pass

  • Adult $40
  • NZ residents (ID required) $20
  • Child * (up to 18 years) Free

* Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Price not valid for schools or groups.

Hāngi & Concert (Available 1 December to 30 March)

  • Adult $105
  • Child (5-15yrs) $50


Waitangi Festival & Day

Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in Te Whare Runanga, the carved meeting house. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment at three different venues.

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Whare Waka Café

Whare Waka Café

The fully licensed Whare Waka Café offers a wide selection of cabinet and à la carte food. Choose from the cosy ambience indoors or the outdoor area surrounded by ferns and native trees and overlooking the waka taua (ceremonial war canoe) and the Pacific Ocean.

In summer (December–March) the café also offers a hāngi dinner on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

Open daily 9am–5pm

Waitangi Café

The Waitangi Café is located inside the main entrance next to the Visitor Centre. The café offers a selection of specialty teas, quality coffee, chilled drinks, cakes, paninis and quiches.

Open daily 10am–3pm


Our shop is located in the Visitor Centre and features a wide selection of specialised books, high quality Māori carvings and gifts and souvenirs.