Waitangi Treaty Grounds Reopens

Waitangi Treaty Grounds will be opening to the public from Saturday 16th May with a range of COVID-19 safety measures in place. Waitangi is committed to keeping visitors and staff safe at Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. We look forward to welcoming you.

COVID-19 Level 2 safety measures in place at Waitangi:

  • Contact tracing procedures will be in place at the main entrance;
  • The frequency of the cleaning regime across all staff and public areas will be increased, including regular sanitisation of tables, door handles, chairs, Eftpos machines, lift buttons and surfaces including interactive touchscreens and benches;
  • Tour numbers will be limited and visitors asked to keep a safe distance from each other;
  • Audio devices used during guided tours will be sanitised between each tour;
  • Seating for cultural performances will be arranged to ensure safe distancing is maintained;
  • Hongis and handshakes will be removed from pōwhiri and cultural performances;
  • Extra hand sanitising stations have been placed throughout the grounds.

During lockdown Level 4 the Treaty Grounds were looked after by staff who live onsite and during Level 3 staff undertook a wide range of maintenance and improvement projects. The taonga and artworks in the museums got a well-deserved rest from light exposure, with no lights on for the entire lockdown period, while all buildings and the grounds received a thorough clean and tidy up.