Waitangi Treaty Grounds Admission

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds Day Pass

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 to 2 days
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. Find out how this document was forged with admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your day pass is valid for two consecutive days and includes an informative guided tour, an introductory film, a cultural performance, and full access to the historic site.
  • Admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Intro film, guided tour, and cultural performance
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Pass is valid for two consecutive days

What's Included

  • All activities
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly
  • Local guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Start time

Opening hours

  • 11/9/2021 - 10/7/2024

    Monday - Sunday : 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

What To Expect

Make your way to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands and engage in a variety of educational activities scheduled during operating hours. Expect to spend a few hours exploring New Zealand's most historic site; you can use your admission ticket for two consecutive days.

Perhaps start with Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation, an introductory film about how Aotearoa's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was created between the British Crown and the North Island’s Māori chiefs. Then embark on a 50-minute guided tour, which run every hour on the hour. You'll find a copy of the treaty in the Visitor Centre, see an authentic ceremonial war canoe, and even stand in the spot where the treaty was signed.

Step foot in the Museum of Waitangi Te Kōngahu, opened in 2016. See permanent and changing exhibits, along with an education center on the first floor, and make use of multimedia and visual displays. Significant taonga (treasures) associated with Waitangi were scattered throughout New Zealand and now take their place in the museum.

Don't miss a 30-minute cultural performance outside the meeting house where Te Pitowhenua, a resident performing arts group, welcomes you inside with a traditional Māori welcome (powhiri). Seated in stunning carved surroundings that depict history and genealogy, you'l watch a high-energy show. Poi twirling, Māori weaponry, stick games, heavenly harmonies, and a traditional haka dance will leave you spellbound. After the show there is an opportunity to meet the performers, ask questions, and take photos with them.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • 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
  • Service animals allowed
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Good insight to history of the treaty
Simon_M, May 2023
Interesting insight to the history of the treaty with tour and cultural presentations too. Its only a short walk from where our tender (Cruise ship) dropped us
Understand history in an enjoyable day.
Cynthia_K, Apr 2023
Everything was so well presented, in a clear & balanced way. The grounds are beautiful & the staff is friendly and well-informed.
Very interesting history walk
Trina_B, Mar 2023
The tour guide was really good. He was very knowledgeable and told the story in a gently humorous way.
Great experience.
Narelle_E, Jan 2023
An interesting tour with the guide and the museum was brilliant. All very informative and great to hear the cultural history.
Very special and Historic place
Brian_S, Jan 2023
Special place in our beautiful country’s history. It was a privilege to be able to revisit the grounds and the historic content is very emotional honouring the past and present. Our future is bright with cultural awareness!
History made visible
Norbert_P, Oct 2022
Very interesting historic site with lots of information about the original population of New Zealand and of the invasion of the Europeans.
So glad we took the time to visit Waitangi. It's a must see here in NZ.
Angela_F, Mar 2021
Loved this tour. The guide was informative and humerous. I learnt a lot about my own Maori heritage. The cultural performance was excellent, the singing was just beautiful and they involved everyone in the show. The Waitangi grounds are well cared for and the New Museum was emotional to visit.
Our Tour guide was very...
Neil S, Mar 2018
Our Tour guide was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country. I did find it a little long and my brain was buzzing with all the info given. We weren't in time for the Ceremonial dance, which was a bit disappointing.
A very worthwhile...
ewan m, Feb 2018
A very worthwhile activity. Entertaining cultural show followed by very informative guided tour. excellent museum onsite.
This was an EXCELLENT tour. The...
George M, Nov 2017
This was an EXCELLENT tour. The grounds were fantastic. The guide was very knowledgeable. The cultural performance exceeded expectations! Well worth the tour!
What a wonderful experience.Our...
Lynette E, Jan 2017
What a wonderful experience.Our guide explained the history of the Waitangi Treaty very well as we walked through the grounds. Viewed the huge ceremonial war canoes and learnt of their history and the meaning of the carvings, went to the actual site on top of a hill overlooking bay, experienced some dancingin the meeting house and visited the treaty house. Would have liked a little bit more time to explore. Our time constraint....not issue with site! Our guide went a little fast at times but not a huge issue. Thanks

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