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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

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...

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...

3-Day Bay of Islands, Waitangi Treaty Grounds from Auckland with Accommodation

3-Day Bay of Islands, Waitangi Treaty Grounds from Auckland with Accommodation

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $845.00 per person

Join this spectacular 3-day tour for the chance to see Auckland and the Bay of Islands conveniently. Pickup from Auckland airport on arrival and 2-nights’ accommodation in Auckland included. Experience a full-day tour up to the Bay of islands a year round destination and the birth place of our nation, including a guided tour of Waitangi. Explore the townships of both Paihia and Russell. More...

Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Private Tour: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Private Tour - Paihia - Starting from $250.00 per person

Discover the natural wonders of the Bay of Islands on a private 6-hour tour customised to your preferences. Learn the history of New Zealand at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds; embark on a scenic hike to Rainbow Falls; spot whales and dolphins along the coast; or take in regional highlights such as Wharepuke Falls, Rewa’s Village, and the Stone Store and Kemp House. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. More...

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting

Private Tour - Paihia - Starting from $250.00 per person

This private full-day, Bay of Islands Sightseeing tour is specially designed to show you all the highlights of this brilliant place. You will be shown around the area as well as seeing all the fabulous wineries and foodie places the Bay of Islands has on offer. This tour is for everyone, packed full of fun and information and has a lot of history and beautiful places to visit. The delicious confectionery you will try – just can't be better.

Kerikeri area wineries offer fabulous... More...



The Georgian LodgeThe Georgian Lodge - Bed and Breakfast.

The Georgian Lodge offers unique, spacious accommodation with free WiFi and free onsite parking. It is within 10...

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine TastingPrivate Tour: Bay of Islands Tour with Wine Tasting - Private Tour - Paihia. Starting from $250.00 per person.

This private full-day, Bay of Islands Sightseeing tour is specially designed to show you all the highlights of this...

 

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