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BUG New Zealand travel guidebook

Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Northland > Bay of Islands > Waitangi


Waitangi, immediately to the north of Paihia, is New Zealand’s most important historic site. The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840, which effectively handed New Zealand over to British rule. The Treaty House and adjoining visitor centre is the highlight of a visit to the Bay of Islands and offers a crash course in New Zealand history. Waitangi is also home to a Maori meetinghouse and a huge waka (war canoe).

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds were the scene of the signing of Waitangi. They feature an elaborate traditional carved Maori meeting house, the Treaty House and a canoe house that features Ngatokimatawhaorua – one of the largest ceremonial war canoes in the world with a hull carved from two huge kauri trees.

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi
Tel (09) 402 7437
Website www.waitangi.net.nz
Admission $12, one hour guided tour $10
Open summer 9am-6pm daily; winter 9am-5pm daily

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