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...
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...
Natural Attraction - Paihia - Starting from $85.00 per person
Come on a 3 hour kayak tour up to the famous Haruru Falls.
Haruru means “big noise” and you will get right underneath these magic horseshoe-shaped falls to feel their full power.
Enjoy a paddle through the mangroves (tide dependant) and see what wildlife is on offer. More...
Day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $263.00 per person
Explore the Bay of Islands on a full day trip from Auckland and discover the historic sites of Waitangi and Russell. You’ll visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, ferry from Paihia to Russell, New Zealand's first permanent European settlement and sea port, and take an informative tour with a local guide. Before returning to Auckland, enjoy free time to check out Russell’s bustling shops, cafes and museums at your leisure. More...
Ports of Call Tour - Paihia - Starting from $110.00 per person
Arriving in the Bay of Islands by Cruiseship? Escape the Crowds in the Bay of Islands on a small group cruise & island tour.
Discover 144 remote subtropical islands, lookout for unique New Zealand sea birds and marine life, take a short walk along some of the island trails to breathtaking viewpoints, take a swim in the clear sheltered waters or try snorkelling the untouched reefs and learn the history of local area.
- Two remote island stopovers... More...
Rainbow Falls Bed and Breakfast
- Bed and Breakfast.
Boasting barbecue facilities, Rainbow Falls Bed and Breakfast features accommodation in Kerikeri with free WiFi and...
Coastal Discovery Guided Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise - Paihia. Starting from $95.00 per person
Explore the beautiful Bays and Islands in front of Paihia and Waitangi, this tour is a great taster to sea kayaking...