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.
See a complete list of Waitangi activities.
This week's featured activities in Waitangi are:
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...
Parasailing & Paragliding - Paihia - Starting from $950.00 per person
• NEW ZEALAND'S HIGHEST & MOST EXPERIENCED PARASAILING COMPANY
• Private Chartered Parasail trip for up to 12 people
• We will pick you up from any private Yacht, private Islands or from your cruise ship anchored in the Bay of Islands
• Single, Tandem & Triple flights available
• No getting wet-Unless you want to More...
Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $4273.71 per person
Over 24 unforgettable days you will experience it all: secluded beaches, jaw dropping scenery, Maori culture, mountainous ranges, lush rain forests and more adventure activities than you could ever wish for.
As with all our tours, we do include a few 'must-do' events, ranging from a Maori Cultural night to a Queenstown gondola ride, and even a 'Tiki' pendant carving experience.
You will see a massive range of optional activities available to add, from bungy jumping... More...
4WD Tour - Paihia - Starting from $150.00 per person
Explore the historic Bay of Islands in a luxury, late model Jeep Wrangler with a maximum of 4 passengers in your group included in the price. On your private 4-hour guided tour you will see historic locations, spectacular waterfalls, panoramic scenery, subtropical rain forests and rural farming areas away from the crowds. You will also be treated to a sumptuous winery lunch at an award winning local vinyard. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask... More...
Natural Attraction - Paihia - Starting from $58.00 per person
Child: $48* 12 & Under
Usual Summer Schedule:
10am, 1pm & 4pm.
Times may vary please check
Your Kayaking/Paddleboarding can be dry, but bring a towel, change of clothes or wear swimwear (you may enjoy getting up closer to the waterfall than you plan) Bring a warm jacket, camera, sunscreen, sun protection, drinking water, nibbles etc in a small bag. More...
Offering peace and total privacy, yet just 5 minutes’ walk from Russell's wharf and town centre, Tahapuke features...