Waitangi Marae, at the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Waitangi Marae, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Sara Orme

Experience Maori culture and history at Waitangi.
Waitangi., Northland & Bay of Islands

By Sara Orme

Taiamai Tours
Taiamai Tours, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Sara Orme

Waitangi is home to one of the largest Maori war canoes in the country.
Waka , Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland

You'll learn a huge amount about Maori culture when you visit Waitangi.
Maori culture , Northland & Bay of Islands

By Destination Northland


In one day at Waitangi, you'll learn a huge amount about Maori culture and the early history of New Zealand.

Here, the treaty was signed between Maori and the British. Waitangi is one of New Zealand's most significant historic sites. It's the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs. The treaty agreed the terms by which New Zealand would become a British colony.

Today the Treaty Grounds are an opportunity to learn about Maori culture and the historical events associated with the signing of the treaty. Visit the Treaty House itself to see a replica of the original treaty; marvel at the fully carved Maori meeting house and one of the largest Maori war canoes in the country; and watch an informative and highly entertaining audio-visual presentation at the visitor centre. Live kapahaka performances are also held regularly and there’s a hotel located within the reserve that has a restaurant and bar.

Not only is Waitangi engaging from an educational point of view, it's also a very beautiful place to explore. From the small semi-formal garden that surrounds the Treaty House to the six kilometre forest walk that leads to Haruru Falls, the natural environment is spectacular. The shoreline provides a continuously changing panorama of the bay where warriors, whalers, sailors and settlers arrived in New Zealand.

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Appledore Lodge - Accommodation in Haruru New Zealand
9.80 114 Reviews
Appledore Lodge is located along the historic banks of Waitangi River, just 10 minutes’ drive from Paihia waterfront and the major cruise operators. Set on two acres of gently sloped pasture, this property offers a season outdoor pool, free on-site parking and free Wi-Fi access. The lod... (more)
Bay of Islands Holiday Park - Accommodation in Paihia New Zealand
8.40 23 Reviews
Haruru, Paihia
Bay of Islands Holiday Park is a Qualmark 3-star plus Holiday Park and camping ground nestled bedside the Waitangi River near Paihia, Bay of Islands.The holiday park comprises of 200 tent and 100 power sites (campervans welcome), 2 onsite caravans, 5 tourist flats, 11 cabins and 66-bed lod... (more)
Cook's Lookout Motel - Accommodation in Haruru New Zealand
9.30 653 Reviews
Haruru, Haruru
Cook's Lookout Motel offers refurbished self-catering accommodation, just 5 minutes’ drive from Paihia town centre. Most rooms offer superb ocean views over the Bay Of Islands.Guests can relax with a barbecue beside the outdoor swimming pool. Free on-site car parking is provided. Facilitie... (more)
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay Of Islands - Accommodation in Paihia New Zealand
8.50 1279 Reviews
The 4-star Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands has an amazing location next to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a 20-minute drive from Keri Keri Airport. Guests enjoy 20 minutes of free Wi-Fi in the lobby area per day.Copthorne Hotel is a 3-minute drive from the center of Paihia a... (more)
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground - Accommodation in Haruru New Zealand
9.20 188 Reviews
Falls Motel & Waterfront Campground features an outdoor pool, a gas barbecue area and private beach facilities. Located just 4 km from central Paihia, the property offers rooms with free Wi-Fi access (100MB/day) and views of the Waitangi Lagoon. Free parking is provided on site. Heated ... (more)
Morepork Riverside Lodge - Accommodation in Haruru New Zealand
9.90 122 Reviews
Paihia, Haruru
Set on 4 acres on the banks of the Waitangi River, Morepork Riverside Lodge offers free Wi-Fi and a free daily cooked breakfast. In winter, guests can relax by the open fire in the shared lounge, and in summer guests can sit by the large bay window and enjoy river and garden views.Morepork... (more)
Twin Pines Tourist Park - Accommodation in Haruru New Zealand
7.80 63 Reviews
Twin Pines Tourist Park is a camping ground & holiday park accommodation near Haruru Falls, Paihia, Bay of Islands. Holiday park accommodation includes 10 cabins, 3 tourist flats, 80 tent sites and 30 power sites. Park amenities include: large communal kitchen, private ensuite style bat... (more)
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