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  • Address: Te Karuwha Parade
  • Admission: Free

The little town of Waitangi looms large in New Zealand’s national psyche. It was here in 1840 that the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed by local Maori chiefs and representatives of Queen Victoria.

The Waitangi Treaty recognized Maori ownership of the land and promised equality as British subjects. However, the exact wording of the treaty has been disputed over the years and the annual Waitangi Day commemorations attract a mixed bag of celebration and protest.

All this history and more is explained at the Waitangi National Reserve, including audiovisual displays at the nearby visitor information center and colonial-style Treaty House, which features a facsimile of the treaty.

A must on every visitor to New Zealand’s list, the reserve hosts displays of singing and dancing, including the fearsome haka war dance. There are Maori guided tours of the nearby meeting house, garden tours and sound light shows.

Practical Info

Waitangi is 3 kilometers (2 miles) north of Paihia on Te Ti Bay in the Bay of Islands. It’s a pleasant 40 minute walk between the two towns.

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Bay of Islands Cape Brett 'Hole in the Rock' Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

This is the most popular cruise in the Bay for a good reason! The modern high speed catamaran escorts you in comfort around the Bay, past sandy beaches, rocky ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From USD $81.56

Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour from Bay of Islands

4.5 star rating: Recommended 56 Reviews

Take an action-packed day trip from Paihia to the tip of New Zealand’s North Island on a guided tour of Cape Reinga! The Waverider coach, built to traverse ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.14

Best of the Bay Supercruise - Original Cream Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

The only authentic "Cream Trip". Fullers Bay of Islands have been delivering mail and supplies to island residents, exclusively for over 100 years. ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson including BBQ Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

What better way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship. This replica of a 100 year old ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.94

Cape Reinga Half-Day Tour including Scenic Flight

Discover the rugged natural beauty of Cape Reinga, located on the tip of New Zealand's North Island. Perfect for those short on time who want to make the most ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $339.82

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise and Kerikeri Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Discover the highlights of one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations while in port at Paihia. Board a boat for a 2-hour Bay of Islands sightseeing cruise ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $71.16

Bay of Islands Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Find out why the Bay of Islands is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand while you’re in port at Paihia. Take a 2-hour boat excursion where ...  Read more

Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $71.16

Kerikeri and Crafts Half-Day Tour from Bay of Islands

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Enjoy an afternoon at the charming and historic town of Kerikeri. Visit the Mission and Stone House to discover the Kerikeri’s colonial past and its wine ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $47.97

Bay of Islands Cruise and Scenic Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the best of the Bay of Islands with a cruise and helicopter tour from Paihia. Hop aboard the sea shuttle for a scenic cruise out to the bay, and ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $239.07

Bay of Islands and Hole in the Rock Scenic Helicopter Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: Paihia, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $183.90

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