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Waitangi Treaty Grounds
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USD 28.92*
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Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Paihia
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Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori in February 1840. Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house and the the world's largest single-hulled canoe (waka). Guided tours and cultural performances run at regular intervals throughout the day. Open daily except Christmas.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2013

The cultural show was just amazing, it certainly took my breath away, well worth seeing. Staff were very friendly and helpful

Visited June 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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112 reviews
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“The highlight of our New Zealand holiday”
Reviewed 3 July 2013 via mobile

We had very limited time and visited on a wet afternoon. The trip was made worthwhile largely because of the excellent guide. A passionate and proud young man who shared his knowledge of and love for his culture. This brief encounter made the holiday worthwhile.

Visited July 2013
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Reedville, Virginia
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5 reviews
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“If you visit nothing else on the North Island - then this is it.”
Reviewed 1 July 2013

There seems to be endless (and often mindless) ways to spend money on vacation; everyone is vying for your hard-earned vacation dollar. Whether or not you get value for that expenditure is another thing.

After a 10-day visit to the North Island, we overwhelmingly agreed that the highlight of our trip was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Despite the fact that it poured rain the entire 3 hours we were there - the staff, guides and cultural performers were upbeat, smiling, helpful and honestly seemed to love their jobs - and to want us to have the best possible experience during our visit. First of all, the grounds are immaculate and there is plenty of space to take your time and see as little or as much as you want; the fact that your admission is good for two days is a bonus! We took the guided tour and due to the rain, our guide gave us a special treat - we were ushered inside the Te Whare Runanga meeting house where he explained the history and significance of each carving and hand-woven mat that decorates the interior walls and ceiling.

Don't miss the cultural performance; it isn't just singing and dancing. You participate as a member of a visiting tribe; there is a haka challenge and eventually you are welcomed in the traditional manner to enter the marae after you remove your shoes. Then you get to sit barely an arm's length from this talented group of singers and dancers; it is a step back in time and a rare glimpse into Maori life. Afterwards they take your photo with them, if you want; it's a nice memory to take away.

Visited June 2013
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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Outstanding cultural experience”
Reviewed 30 June 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the cultural performance in the Meeting House and can recommend this cultural performance to everyone who visits Aotearoa. I believe every holiday itinerary should include this attraction as the cultural performance really accentuates what is a fabulous place to experience. Once again I found the grounds immaculate even after a large storm had passed by. The staff were friendly and helpful and the historical significance to Aotearoa is so important. Luckily there are some very competent kaitiaki in place.

Visited May 2013
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Wanganui, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
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“SOOO Awesome!! Beautiful, Well worth the visit.”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

This was so well worth the visit that we went back again a few days after just to have a really good look around and see some of the things we had missed previously. I am NZ Maori descendant from the Whanganui River and I was so aroha for this kainga, it was so awesome and so full of knowledge. I recommend to whanau katoa I Aotearoa to visit and see what your culture is all about whether you be black, blue or whateva ethnicity you are. SOOO Tino ataahua te wahi nei!!!!! RECOMMEND WHANAU KATOA!!!!!!

Visited June 2013
Thank Josephine H
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