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Getting Here

From Auckland: We are about 3 hours drive from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (165km) and then follow the signs north to 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 and 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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You will find free parking available for visitors to Waitangi Treaty Grounds right outside the main entrance, in two large carparks with additional parking available across the road on Tau Henare Drive. All vehicles, including private cars, motorhomes, charter buses and tour coaches are welcome.

Accessible car parking is available in the main car park, closest to the main entrance. If you require mobility support from the carpark we have wheelchairs 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.


The 16-hectare grounds consist of varying landscapes and access-ways, including boardwalks, concrete paths, tracks, beaches, and lawns. The varying landscape can be difficult for visitors with restricted mobility to navigate. Without the help of a companion it may be difficult to participate in some of our onsite activities (Guided Tour and Cultural Performance) and visit attractions such as the waka (war canoe). Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi has a lift between the foyer on the ground floor and gallery and restrooms on the first floor. Te Rau Aroha Museum has wheelchair access. We also have wheelchairs (max user capacity 100kg) and ramps available. Please let us know your needs at the time of booking so we can ensure you are well supported.

Opening Hours

We are open every day except Christmas Day. In summer we enjoy longer opening hours, opening from 9 am to 6 pm from 26 December to 29 February. For the rest of the year, from 1 March to 24 December, we are open from 9 am to 5 pm.

On 6 February each year, a national celebration is held at Waitangi to commemorate 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.

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Cruise Ship Passengers

We welcome cruise ship passengers from all over the world to visit us at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and enjoy an interactive cultural experience.

Most cruise ships that visit the Bay of Islands will tender to the Waitangi Wharf, an easy 5-minute walk to Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  Follow the signs around the waterfront to our main entrance to enjoy this award-winning exploration of New Zealand’s history and culture, and witness the site of the first signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.

Free coaches run continuously between Paihia and Waitangi for the duration of your ship’s visit to the Bay of Islands so you can easily travel to and from Waitangi and the township of Paihia.