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Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) - was signed on 6 February 1840, and find out more about how this document has forged the unique land that is now called Aotearoa New Zealand.
Museum of Waitangi
The Museum of Waitangi Te Kōngahu opened on 7 February 2016. The two storey museum houses a permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tēnei on the ground floor and changing exhibitions, along with an education center on the first floor.
The museum enhances the Waitangi Treaty Grounds experience by introducing the story of the area and its people through high quality exhibition and learning spaces, making use of multi-media and visual displays. Significant taonga (treasures) associated with Waitangi were scattered throughout New Zealand and have now made the journey home to take their place in the Museum of Waitangi Te Kōngahu.
A large copy of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Visitor Centre sets the scene for your informative tour. Stepping outside takes you through lush native forest to the sparkling waters of the bay, where you’ll discover Ngātokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. The story of the journey of Māori ancestors to Aotearoa is revealed before you continue along a gently sloping track to the flagstaff. Near the flagstaff is the very spot where the Treaty was signed in 1840. Your Guided Tour ends in front of the Treaty House and Meeting house, with breath-taking views of the Bay of Islands and a new appreciation for New Zealand’s history.
Guided Tours go for 50-minutes and run every hour on the hour 10am to 4pm.
All visitors gather outside the majestic carved meeting house (Te Whare Rūnanga) where Te Pitowhenua, our resident performing arts group, will welcome you inside with a traditional Māori welcome (powhiri).
Seated in stunning carved surroundings that depict history and genealogy, the scene is set for a high-energy show. Poi twirling, Māori weaponry, stick games, heavenly harmonies and a traditional haka will leave you spellbound. After the show there is an opportunity to meet the performers, ask questions and take photos with them.
The cultural performance takes 30-minutes. The daily performance schedule is as follows:
October through November: 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm
December through March: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, and 3:30pm
April through September: 11:00am, 1:00pm,and 2:00pm
Allow approximately 4 hours for your day at The Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your day pass is valid for two consecutive days.
- Instant Confirmation
- Led by a local guide
- Multiple times offered throughout the day
- Family friendly
- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- All entrance fees included
George MNovember 2017
This was an EXCELLENT tour. The grounds were fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable. The cultural performance exceeded expectations! Well worth the tour!
Charles PMay 2017
Great cultural treat!
Leslie SFebruary 2017
Must do in northern New Zealand
- Entrance fees
- All activities
- Headsets to hear the guide clearly
- Local guide
- Live entertainment
- Walking tour
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- A moderate amount of walking is involved
- Wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Schedule and Pricing
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Departure Time and Comments
December 29th through February 28th - 9:00am through 6:00pm March 1st through December 24th - 9:00am through 5:00pm Daily Schedule Cultural Performances December 26th through February 28th - 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 3:30pm March 1st through December 24th - 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm Guided Tours December 26th through February 28th tours depart every 30 minutes between 10:00am and 4.30pm March 1st through December 24th tours depart every hour between 10:00am and 4:00pm Special Schedule for British & Irish Lions Pōwhiri Sunday 4 June the British & Irish Lions Official Team Pōwhiri is being held at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Please see below the special schedule that we are offering to accommodate our visitors on this day. Guided Tour: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Cultural Performance: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm /
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