- Admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
- Entry to the state-of-the-art Museum of Waitangi
- Waitangi: Birthplace of a Nation introductory film (22 minutes)
- An informative Guided Tour with one of local guides (50 minutes)
- A high-energy, entertaining Maori Cultural Performance (30 minutes)
- Full access to New Zealand’s most important historic site
- Under 18's free
Why Do We Love This
We love the different ways New Zealand history is presented here. From the Museum of Waitangi to a Maori performance, you'll learn about the country in an interesting and engaging way.
What to Expect
Come and discover New Zeland history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This is the place where Maori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown. This document became known as the Treaty of Waitangi.
Featuring the Museum of Waitangi, historic Treaty House, the carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, the Treaty Grounds are a great spot to discover New Zealand's fascinating history. Learn about New Zealand's most important historic site and enjoy panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do, rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped a nation.
This all-inclusive experience pass lets you experience everything the Waitangi Treaty Grounds has to offer by day. You'll get access to all areas of the grounds including the Museum of Waitangi. Here you can delve deeper into the stories and artefacts behind this historic site. Stories of Waitangi are brought to life through world-class exhibitions, using state-of-the-art technology to offer a museum experience like no other. Learn about the history of Waitangi and its significance as a place to both Maori and non-Maori people. Learn about The Treaty of Waitangi through a fully interactive multimedia display and marvel at the taonga (treasures) on display.
Enjoy exploring the grounds with an informative guided tour with a local guide. As you explore the site, you'll wander through the iconic buildings and see breathtaking examples of Maori architecture. Be amazed by the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and by the spectacular views over the Bay of Islands. There's also plenty of bushwalks around the site to enjoy.
Your experience pass will also give you access to Waitangi: Birthplace of a Nation introductory film and a high-energy Maori Cultural Performance.
Allow a full day for this tour. The Treaty Grounds is open 26 December to 29 February: 9.00 am to 6.00 pm, 1 March to 24 December: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm*.
10am, 12pm, 2pm, 3.30pm
11.00am, 1.00 pm, 3.00 pm
* Dates/times are subject to change at certain times of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Whare Waka Café is onsite and is fully licenced. The cafe offers a wide selection of cabinet and a la carte food. Choose from the cosy ambience indoors or the outdoor area surrounded by ferns and native trees and overlooking the waka taua (ceremonial war canoe) and the Pacific Ocean.
- The Experience Pass is non-refundable once purchased
- Date and time changes are allowed up to 24 hours before travel
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- A moderate amount of walking is involved, the Grounds are wheelchair accessible however be prepared for uneven surfaces at the sites visited which may be difficult for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Bookings may be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours before date of travel
- Cancellations within 48 hours of date of travel or a no show may be charged in full
- In the unlikely event that a booked experience is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, Waitangi National Trust will refund the paid amount in full