Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site, where in 1840 New Zealand’s founding document was signed: the Treaty of Waitangi.
Features of Waitangi Treaty Grounds include Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the Treaty House, the carved Meeting House, a carving studio and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe.

Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi holds a stunning collection of stories and taonga (treasured objects) which bring to life the history of Waitangi. Discover world class interactive displays and enjoy the temporary gallery featuring touring exhibitions.

Te Rau Aroha was opened in 2020 and commemorates the service and sacrifice of Māori in the NZ Armed Forces, sharing stories of heroism, loss and restoration from the world wars and subsequent conflicts.

Visitors to Waitangi Treaty Grounds may purchase a Day Pass which includes a guided tour (50 minutes), a Māori cultural performance (30 minutes), entry to the two museums, the Treaty House, the carved Meeting House, and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe.
Hāngi and concert evenings are scheduled during the summer months – an intimate cultural experience not to be missed.
The award-winning Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a must-do for all visitors to the Bay of Islands.

Contact Details

P O Box 48, Paihia, Bay of Islands 0247

64-9-402 7437




Visitor Information

Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Bay of Islands

Open daily except Christmas Day 26 December to 29 February: 9am to 6pm 1 March to 24 December: 9am to 5pm

Day Pass (valid for 2 consecutive days) Adult $50.00 NZ resident (ID required) $25.00 Children (up to 18 years) Free* *Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Price not valid for schools or groups.


Wheelchair access


Reference library



Function space

Guided tour

Public programmes

Membership club


Other Facilities

Valid for two consecutive days and includes admission to Waitangi Treaty Grounds plus…
• Entry to Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi
• Entry to Te Rau Aroha
• An informative Guided Tour with one of our local guides (50 minutes)
• A high-energy, entertaining Cultural Performance (30 minutes)
• The opportunity to watch carvers in action in our Carving Studio
• The Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation Introductory film (22 minutes)
• Full access to New Zealand’s most important historic site, heritage buildings, bush walks and spectacular Bay of Islands views.
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