Private Tours and Experiences

Make your visit to Waitangi one to remember with a completely tailored, private experience for small or large groups, corporates and special interest travellers. Enjoy a private pōwhiri (welcome) for your group or conference, private cultural performances, tailored workshops and private guided tours, including our modern and interactive museums. We also offer custom experiences for business and corporate events. We will design the perfect experience to meet your needs!

Museum Tour

Discover fascinating exhibitions and modern learning spaces at Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi and Te Rau Aroha.  Our award-winning Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi provides a deeper understanding of the events that have shaped New Zealand. Your guide will lead you through the museum and bring history to life through stories of the past and how they relate to the precious taonga on display. Te Rau Aroha was opened in 2020 and tells the story of the Māori commitment to the armed forces. It tells the personal stories of the soldiers and their families.


Workshops are great for hands-on, interactive team building and provide some insight into traditional Māori culture. Our specialist local staff can provide workshops for a number of activities including wood carving, flax weaving, kapa haka (performance) and interactive land-based waka paddling drills.

Cultural Activities

Our resident performing arts group, Te Pitowhenua, will bring your next event alive with an authentic and entertaining taste of local Māori culture. From beginning your conference with a welcome pōwhiri, to engaging your group with a high energy cultural performance, incorporating a cultural element at Waitangi allows your group to share in an experience rich in tradition.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the perfect location for your cultural introduction to the area, but Te Pitowhenua are also experienced at off-site pōwhiri and performances, bringing Waitangi to you.

Private Pōwhiri

This includes a wero (challenge), karanga (welcome call), haka pōwhiri (group welcome chant). Speeches, songs and hongi can be incorporated. A Māori support person will brief the guests and accompany them throughout the pōwhiri. There will also be an opportunity for visitors to take photos and mix and mingle with the performers after the pōwhiri.

Private Cultural Performance

The performance starts with a spine tingling challenge followed by a full performance covering waiata (songs), poi, stick games, Māori weaponry displays and the famous haka. There will also be the opportunity for visitors to take photos and mix and mingle with the performers after the performance.

Private Guided Tour

Experience the stories and connect with the land through your own personal journey. You will be greeted by your host on arrival to embark on a tour of the Treaty Grounds. Learn about the history, discover the stories, personalities and events that shaped New Zealand. You will view the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, visit the historic Treaty House and the majestically carved Meeting House, and stand on the spot where the Treaty was signed.

Tailor Made Experiences

Waitangi offers a range of activities to cater to your needs, whether it be for individuals, small or large groups. Pick and choose from our selection of activities and tailor-make an experience to suit your group.

View the Tailor Made Experiences Booklet


Signature Experience

If you are looking for a tailored and intimate experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, our signature experience is a popular option.

Our signature experience includes a

  • Private Guided tour of the grounds with a local guide
  • Māori Cultural Performance in Te Whare Rūranga (Carved Meeting House)
  • The opportunity to watch our carvers in action in our Carving Studio
  • Full access to New Zealand’s most important historic site, heritage buildings, bush walks and spectacular Bay of Islands Views

2.5 hours recommended

$500 (up to 8 people)
$50pp (over 8 people)

To book this experience or enquire about any of the tailor-made experiences that we offer, complete the enquiry form below.