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:
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...
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...
Parasailing & Paragliding - Paihia - Starting from $95.00 per person
NZ's HIGHEST and most EXPERIENCED parasailing. Enjoy outdoor adventure on the New Zealand coastline on this 1.5-hour Bay of Islands parasailing tour. Cruise into the open waters around the Bay of Islands with a guide. Enjoy a 10- to 12-minute parasailing flight solo, or in tandem or triple, and soar up to 1,200 feet (365 meters) through the skies. Admire sweeping views over New Zealand’s rugged coast from the air, and choose to dip your toes in the ocean or stay high and dry. More...
Helicopter Tour - Paihia - Starting from $250.00 per person
Get bird’s-eye views of Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock on a Bay of Islands scenic helicopter tour from Paihia. Take in the stunning scenery of the main group of islands; view the iconic natural landmark, Hole in the Rock; and pass over the historic townships of Russell, Paihia and Waitangi. You also have the opportunity to experience the island in a way that very few have before by choosing to land on top of the Hole in the Rock! More...
Multi-day Tour - Auckland - Starting from $743.00 per person
Visit the beautiful Bay of Islands, a year-round destination and birthplace of our nation. Journey to New Zealand's northernmost point, Cape Reinga. Discover our cultural heritage at Waitangi Treaty grounds and experience the natural beauty of the region on a scenic Dolphin seeking cruise. More...
Ounuwhao B&B Guest Lodge
- Bed and Breakfast.
Overlooking Matauwhi Bay, Onuwhao B&B Guest Lodge offers free Wi-Fi and free afternoon tea upon arrival. It boasts...