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Enjoy an immersive cultural experience

Waitangi Treaty Grounds offers an authentic and inspiring cultural experience that encompasses powerful Māori cultural performances in a beautifully carved meeting house, a contemporary award-winning museum and visitor centre, lush native forest and gardens, interactive carving studio, traditional Māori waka (canoe) and hāngi (traditional feast), entertaining guided tours and more, overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands.

Carved Meeting House

Te Whare Rūnanga (the House of Assembly) is a beautifully carved meeting house designed in traditional Māori form for all the peoples of New Zealand. The meeting house was opened on 6 February 1940 and stands facing the Treaty House.

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Treaty House

The Treaty House at Waitangi is the former home of the first British Resident in New Zealand, James Busby. In this house Busby conducted much of his official business as the British government’s representative in New Zealand from 1833 to 1840.

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Museum of Waitangi

Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi holds a stunning collection of stories and taonga (treasured objects) that bring to life the history of Waitangi, Aoteaoa New Zealand’s most important historic site, and the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand.

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Flagstaff

The flagstaff marks the spot where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on 6 February 1840. The flags that fly today are the three official flags that New Zealand has had since 1834.

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Ceremonial war canoe (waka)

The waka house near Te Ana o Maikuku (Hobson’s Beach) shelters a ceremonial waka taua (war canoe) named Ngātokimatawhaorua. The waka is launched in February every year as part of Waitangi Day celebrations and needs at least 80 men to paddle.

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Māori Carving Studio

Carving is a celebrated expression of both storytelling and art in Māori culture, and the carving studio at Waitangi is a unique opportunity to meet kaiwhakairo (carvers) and learn more about the Māori art of whakairo (wood carving).

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Cultural Performance

Our Māori cultural performance is world-class, with resident performing arts group Te Pitowhenua delivering an authentic, high-energy show inside the beautifully carved Māori meeting house that will leave you spellbound.

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Guided Tour

Take a walk through New Zealand’s history on an informative guided tour of the Treaty Grounds with one of our local guides, and discover the amazing stories, people and events of Waitangi.

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Hāngi & Concert

Our Hāngi and Concert experience offers an exceptional evening of authentic Māori culture, including a captivating live performance followed by traditional hāngi dinner cooked in an earth oven. An opportunity to sample Māori culture and cuisine at its best!

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Café

Whare Waka Café is fully licensed and set in the heart of the Treaty Grounds. The café offers the perfect location to enjoy a coffee or stop for breakfast or lunch during your visit to the grounds.

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Coffee Cart

Located on the upper grounds adjacent to the Treaty House, the coffee cart offers a selection of hot and cold drinks, as well as New Zealand ice cream and freshly made snacks. Take a break at the coffee cart or have your drinks and snacks to go.

Gift Shop

Our gift shop features a wide selection of specialised books, high quality Māori carvings, beautiful handcrafted jewellery and ornaments, locally designed and made artwork and gifts, plus plenty of classic New Zealand ‘Kiwi’ souvenirs.

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Realm of Tane

As you walk along the boardwalk that connects the Visitor Centre to the rest of the Treaty Grounds you will have the opportunity to view plants and birdlife native to New Zealand in Te Wao Nui o Tane (the Realm of Tane). Learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit the Treaty Grounds on the many information panels along the way.

Hobson's Beach

This original name for this beach is Te Ana o Maikuku but it later became known as Hobson’s Beach after Captain William Hobson, the British representative who began negotiations for the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

New Museum

A new museum is currently under construction on the upper grounds at Waitangi and will open on 5 February 2020. The museum will commemorate the service and sacrifice of Māori in the NZ Armed Forces in times of conflict, especially the Pioneer Battalion in World War I and 28 (Māori) Battalion in World War II.

Camellia Trees

The two Camellia trees found at Waitangi are the two oldest surviving Camellias in New Zealand. They are known as the ‘Busby Camellias’ as they are said to have been planted in 1833 by either James Busby or his wife Agnes.

Treaty House Gardens

Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens that surround the historic Treaty House. Within the gardens you can find a small unnamed rose said to be grown from a cutting of the first rose bush to be planted in New Zealand.

Hobson Memorial

The plaque found on this structure is in memory of William Hobson, Governor of New Zealand, 1840 – 1842.