Guided Tour

Discover Waitangi's history

Take a walk through New Zealand’s history on an informative guided tour of the expansive Treaty Grounds with one of our friendly, experienced local guides. Discover the amazing stories, people and events that shaped the past, present and future of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, view the historic Treaty House and Meeting House, and stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed in 1840. All tours include a personal audio device, allowing you to clearly follow the fascinating stories as they are told by your guide.

Interactive storytelling across the expansive Treaty Grounds

Our guided tours take place every hour and give you an opportunity to truly explore and appreciate the many features of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your guide will take you through the newly refurbished Visitor Centre and past the Carving Studio, to first explore the tranquil native flora and fauna of the Treaty Grounds. Pause for a moment as you walk through the native forest to listen to the calls of tui, kūkupa (wood pigeon) and pīwakawaka (fantail).

Learn about the relationships built between Māori and Europeans, the Treaty of Waitangi and its consequences, and how the newly formed Aotearoa New Zealand came to be what it is today.

Hear how British resident James Busby worked hard to build relationships with local Māori, including supporting the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1835 and the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Learn about the construction of the 37.5m long war canoe, carved by hand from the trunks of three mighty kauri trees in 1937. Witness the intricate carvings on the Meeting House (Te Whare Rūnanga), that tell the story of the iwi (tribes) from around New Zealand who are represented in its designs.

This informative tour lasts approximately 50 minutes and gives you an excellent understanding to continue your Treaty Grounds experience, as you explore the Treaty House, Meeting House (Te Whare Rūnanga), the Museum of Waitangi and more, at your own pace.