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.
Baystay Bed and Breakfast is located next to Northland’s beautiful Bay of Islands and offers valley views from the jacuzzi. Paihia Village and wharf is a 5-minute drive away.
Overlooking the Waitangi River in Haruru Falls, rooms at the Baystay Bed and Breakfast have modern audio-visual ... (more)
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.
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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 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)
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 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.
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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 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)