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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

3-Day Bay of Islands Tour from Auckland

Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $795.00 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...

Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour to Haruru Falls

Half-Day Guided Kayak Tour to Haruru Falls

Kayaking - Paihia - Starting from $89.00 per person

Spend 3 hours of your morning or afternoon paddling up the sheltered waters of the Waitangi Estuary, exploring the fascinating mangrove forests on your way to your destination of Haruru Falls. These unique horse-shoe shaped waterfalls have a rich history which your guide will share with you, along with Maori legends and details of the abundant wildlife all around. You may even have time to enjoy a swim. More...

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Private Shore Excursion: Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour

Ports of Call Tour - Paihia - Starting from $250.00 per person

Add a special experience to your cruising holiday and see the Bay of Islands your way on this full-day, private sightseeing shore excursion tour of the region’s major attractions and highlights. You will learn a lot about the Bay, its surroundings and the whole of New Zealand and also delight in the opportunity to enjoy a Rainbow Falls river walk.
Your personalized tour includes private pickups from either the port, or Paihia i-SITE! More...


Hananui Lodge and ApartmentsHananui Lodge and Apartments - Apartment, Lodge, Motel.

Haere mai! Welcome to Hananui Lodge and Apartments. Hananui Lodge is located right on Russell's waterfront with...

Private Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip from AucklandPrivate Tour: Bay of Islands Day Trip from Auckland - Private Tour - Auckland. Starting from $470.00 per person.

Head towards one of New Zealand’s favorite travel destinations – Bay Of Islands! Bay Of Islands is situated towards the...

 

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