Essential Information

Welcome to New Zealand's most important historic site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are at the Bay of Islands - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation.

Getting here

From Auckland: We are about 3 hours' drive from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (165km) and then Kawakawa (a further 60km). From there follow the signs to the Bay of Islands and Paihia (15km). Take the waterfront road through Paihia to the roundabout. Go straight through the roundabout, across the one-lane bridge to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (signposted).

From Paihia: We are 2km from Paihia, an easy 25-minute walk or 2-minute drive.

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Opening Hours:

Open daily except Christmas Day.

26 December to
29 February:

9am to 6pm

1 March
to 24 December:

9am to 5pm

Call to make a booking with us now: +64 9 402 7437 or 0800 9248 2644 (Free phone within NZ)

Call to book now: +64 9 402 7437 or
0800 9248 2644 (Free phone
within NZ)

On 6 February each year (Waitangi Day), Waitangi Treaty Grounds closes its buildings for the day and the grounds become the location of a free festival for the public to enjoy.

Accessibility Information

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is an easily accessible location for people of all levels of fitness and mobility.

The grounds consist of 18.5 hectares of varying landscapes from native bush, boardwalks, paths, tracks, beaches, lawns, and coastal clifftop.

There is a medium gradient slope to the tracks from the upper to lower areas of the grounds, however boardwalks and paths provide a foundation for moving comfortably from one icon to the next. This allows visitors with restricted mobility to participate in all of our on-site activities including Guided Tours and Cultural Performances and visit our highlights, including: Museum of Waitangi Te Kōngahu, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (the carved Meeting House), the Flagstaff, Ngātokimatawhaorua (ceremonial war canoe), Visitor Centre, Gift Shop and Whare Waka Café. In addition the Museum of Waitangi contains a lift between the foyer on the ground level and first floor.

We also have wheelchairs and ramps available for use and encourage any accessibility questions or concerns to be raised at the time of booking so we are prepared to cater for your needs on arrival.

Day Pass

Spend the day exploring the grounds while soaking up the scenery and story of New Zealand's most historic site.

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Hāngi & Concert (Available 1 November to 30 April)

Long summer evenings in the Bay of Islands lend themselves perfectly to a twilight cultural experience.

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