Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Paihia

A significant slice of New Zealand's history, Waitangi Treaty Grounds commemorate the site where local Maori chiefs signed a historic treaty with the representatives of the British crown. Concluded in February 1840, the treaty recognized Maori ownership of their lands and granted them rights of British subjects. The agreement also established a British governor to administer the country. The grounds include a buidling erected in 1832 for one of the area's British residents, which today serves as a museum housing various historical exhibits and a copy of the original treaty. Get the most out of your visit by joining a guided tour, or attend a cultural performance of Maori songs and dances. A visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Paihia online attractions planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This is a really great place to visit if you’re interested in learning about New Zealand’s culture and history. The reason it’s fairly expensive is because they don’t receive government funding and th...  more »
  • We spent a few hours in the day to look at the grounds, the museum, watched and talked to the wood carver and we watched the cultural performance. The museum provided the history about the Māori and N...  more »
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  • The Grounds and exhibitions are absolutely fantastic. Easily one of the best attractions in New Zealand. It enabled us to better understand how the European settlers negotiated with Maori Tribal Leaders. Lots of history to read and see. The grounds overlooking the water is very picturesque. The cultural performance show was awesome. Well worth the visit. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Great historic site, strong museum exhibitions, excellent Maori cultural performance, musical and charming. Would be 5 star, but $50 is pretty far above comparably excellent tourist spots. For example, Te Papa is free!
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