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.
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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...
Adventure Tour - Paihia - Starting from $75.00 per person
Join us for our Bayview scenic ride and experience some of the best views looking out over the Bay of Islands New Zealand. This ride is ideal for young children, nervous riders or people who are riding a horse for the first time. We ride at a steady walking pace which gives you plenty of time to soak in the stunning panoramic scenery. This ride is for all ability levels and is available for booking all year around.
Kayaking - Paihia - Starting from $95.00 per person
Our famous Classic Waterfall Tour explores the Waitangi Inlet and you will get to experience the enchanting mangrove forest, feel the spray from the astounding horseshoe shaped Haruru Waterfall, be amazed a the local wildlife all while your guide amazes you with local history and beautiful Maori legends and they will also document your paddling adventure with tour photos offered to you free of charge. More...
4WD Tour - Paihia - Starting from $120.00 per person
Explore award winning wineries of the Bay of Islands and Northland 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 visit at least three of Northland's vineyards and see historic locations, panoramic scenery and rural farming areas away from the crowds. Your tour is adaptable with no fixed schedule, allowing you to stop for photos, ask questions, take your time or relax and... More...
Set on the Paihia waterfront in the heart of the Bay of Islands, this motel offers refurbished suites with free Wi-Fi...