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Flag Pole at Waitangi
Maori waka taua (war canoe) at Waitangi
One of many Maori carvings at Waitangi

Waitangi

Overlooking the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands is Waitangi where, on February 6th 1840, New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed between Maori Chiefs and the British Crown.

After five years as Governor General of New Zealand and only one visit to Waitangi, Lord and Lady Bledisloe, recognising the historic significance of this area, purchased and gave the 506 hectare (1000 acre) estate to the nation. It was on the 10th May 1932 that Lord Bledisloe wrote to the then Prime Minister George Forbes informing him of the gift.

I desire formally, on behalf of Her Excellency and myself, to present, through you, to the nation, New Zealand’s most historic spot "Waitangi" together with 1000 acres of land belonging to the estate of which it forms part and which we have recently purchased with this object.

On October 28th 1932 Sir Apirana Ngata, after discussions with Tau Henare, drew the attention of the House of Representatives to the approaching centenary of the signing of the Treaty. He suggested that a carved meeting house be built at Waitangi by Maori, led by Ngapuhi (the people of the north) to commemorate Lord Bledisloe’s generous gift.

The Whare Runanga (meeting house) named Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the restored Treaty House (former home of James Busby, the first British Resident) were presented to the nation on Waitangi Day, February 6th 1940. At the same time the ceremonial waka taua (war canoe) Ngatokimatawhaorua was launched.

The Treaty Grounds are part of the Waitangi National Trust estate which is administered by a Trust Board, chaired by the Governor General and made up of descendents and representatives of people directly connected with this historic site.



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This week's featured activities in Waitangi are:

Featured Activities

Bay of Islands Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise (from Auckland)

Bay of Islands Tour with Hole in the Rock Dolphin Cruise (from Auckland)

Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from NZ $246.00 per adult

Make the most of this popular day tour from Auckland with return coach travel to Paihia, including a spectacular dolphin watching cruise in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands. Our experienced local skippers will guide you through the beautifully clear waters in search of dolphins and whales, past many secluded islands to the Cape Brett Lighthouse and through the famous "Hole in the Rock". More...

Paihia Mountain Bikes

Paihia Mountain Bikes

Mountain Bike Rental - Paihia - Starting from NZ $79 per person

Paihia Mountain Bike Rentals services both the WAITANGI MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK and the TWIN COAST CYCLE RAIL TRAIL with Brand New, High Quality Full Suspension Mountain Bikes and Shuttle Services along the trails for both you and your bike. We can cater for large groups, smaller groups, teambuilding events and can personalise your biking adventure in Northland including accomodation packages. Please get in touch with any questions at all, only too happy to... More...

3-Day Bay Of Islands Tour from Auckland with Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga

3-Day Bay Of Islands Tour from Auckland with Dolphin Cruise and Cape Reinga

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $785.00 per person

Visit the beautiful Bay of Islands, a year-round destination and birthplace of our nation. Journey to New Zealand's northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Discover our cultural heritage at Waitangi Treaty grounds and experience the natural beauty of the region on a scenic Dolphin seeking cruise. More...

Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour

Shore Excursion: Bay of Islands Maori War Canoe Tour

Maori - Waitangi - Starting from $135.00 per person

Enjoy this memorable shore excursion from where your cruise ship tenders in Paihia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to delve into the Northern Maori culture from the Ngapuhi confederation of tribes, New Zealand’s largest tribal nation by using the living landscapes and environment as the setting and natural backdrop for your tour.

The best part of your 3 hour tour is done in a Waka taua (traditional Maori war canoe) built from a mixture of composite and traditional... More...


Pahia Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Pahia Shore Excursion: Private Half-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Paihia - Starting from $175.00 per person

While you’re in port in Pahia, experience the best of the North Island coastline on this private 4-hour Bay of Islands tour. Explore the Bay of Islands with a private guide and take in top attractions such as Haruru Falls, Kemp House, Rainbow Falls, the Stone Store, St. James’ Anglican Church, and Wharepuke Falls. Look out for whales and dolphins off the coast, and learn of Maori history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This private 4-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Pahia hotel or... More...


Genevieve's on Du FresneGenevieve's on Du Fresne - Bed and Breakfast.

Genevieve's on Du Fresne is located in Tapeka. Free WiFi access is available. This property is adjacent to a beach...

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Scenic Helicopter Tour Including Hole in the RockBay of Islands Shore Excursion: Scenic Helicopter Tour Including Hole in the Rock - Ports of Call Tour - Paihia. Starting from $250.00 per person.

When your cruise ship docks in Bay of Islands, get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on this Bay...

 

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