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Bay of Islands Shore Excursions

Haere Mai (Welcome) Cruise Passengers to the Bay of Islands!

Waitangi welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand's most important historic site. Often referred to as the Birthplace of the Nation, Waitangi is where Māori and the British Crown negotiated and signed The Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. Begin with an informative guided tour of the Grounds led by one of our local tour guides, experience a cultural performance of singing, poi, stick games, Māori weaponry, and of course the famous haka (war dance). Spend the rest of your time exploring our two world class museums, the Grounds, heritage buildings, our gift shop and our onsite café (Whare Waka Café) for the full Waitangi experience.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Admission

Adult: $60

Child (under 18): Free*

*when accompanied by an adult

How to get to Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Shuttle (15mins): Catch a free shuttle from Waitangi Wharf to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (via Paihia).

Walk (5mins): Take a 5 minute stroll from the Waitangi Wharf to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Here is a map to see just how close it is!

Important information:

Shuttles run on a circuit between three locations: Waitangi Wharf, Paihia Township and Waitangi Treaty Grounds approximately every 20 minutes for the duration of the port call. The shuttles are free of charge.

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds van will also be operating free of charge, from 21st October –31st March,  between Waitangi Wharf, Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Paihia Township. The van will run on a loop, so please just keep an eye out.

Ferry operates between Paihia and Russell and departs every 20 mins (cost: Adult - $14 (Return),Child 5-14 years -$6.50 (Return), Child 0-4 years – FREE)

We recommend setting aside 2-3 hours at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, this time will allow you to attend a guided tour and a cultural performance with a bit of time left to explore the Grounds, museums, heritage buildings, gift shop and onsite cafe.

Click here to see cultural performance and guided tour schedules.