Waitangi Travel Guide

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    Treaty of Waitangi Grounds
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  • Things to Do
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Waitangi Things to Do

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    On 6th February 1840 a treat between the British Crown and various Mâori cheifs was signed at Waitangi thus giving the treaty its name. Possibly due to translation difficulties the English and Mâori versions differ causing a 'grey zone' in interpretation. The British view was that they had sovereign rights of the country and its people while the...

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  • Te Whare Runanga

    This is the carved Meeting House of the Maori. Take off your shoes and you are allowed to come in. The energy of many, many years of meetings will salute. Each tribe of the Maori had it's own carved sign on the wall. The buttresses held from two Tiki, the one in front with an power-pose to defend the house, the one in the back looks a lot more...

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  • Ngatokimatawhaorua

    Carved Maori War Canoe called Waka.You should try to get there at the time when they bring it into the water.It's a great feeling to see and touch such an extreme different Canoe as I ever saw before.

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  • 'La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House...

    Maori Whare Runanga , es la casa de juntas Maori que se construyó en 1940 para celebrar el centenario del tratado de WaitangiEstá hecha toda de madera y en ella se se representan la mayor parte de las tribus Maori Maori Whare Runanga is the Maori meeting house built in 1940 to celebrate the centenary of the Treaty of WaitangiIt is made entirely of...

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  • Paihia

    Es un pueblo pequeño al lado del mar desde el que se pueden hacer excursiones en barco , visitar la Bahía de las islas , navegar , pasear... Relajante y bonito A small town near the sea from which you can make boat trips, visit the Bay of Islands, sailing, walking ... Relaxing and beautiful

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  • La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House 2

    3" ngatokimatawhaorua " Es el nombre del mayor bote Maorí en el mundo y recibe su nombre de la canoa en que el legendario navegante Polinesio , Kupe descubrió Nueva ZelandaLa canoa está hecha con dos grandes troncos de "kauris" , con la madera tallada y la botan una vez al año para celebrar la firma del tratado Nota :El Kauri es una conífera de...

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  • La Casa del Tratado / The Treaty House 1

    La Casa del Tratado a parte de su significado histórico es un sitio que vale la pena visitar pues está localizada en unas colinas desde las que se ve el mar y sus islas , con unas vistas fantásticas y rodeada de jardines llenos de todo tipo de flores . En el mismo recinto se encuentran los recuerdos culturales Maories integrándose así las dos...

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  • Busby's House.

    James Busby came to New Zealand in the 1830's to act as a sort of British ambassador and law keeper for the many British citizens living in Russell (Kororareka) and the far north. Unfortunately, he was only one man and couldn't really enforce British rule on the unruly whalers and sealers.His house was built between 1833 and 1834 and has been...

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  • War Canoe

    A bit of a trek through the grounds to try and find the canoe down by the cove at Hobson's Brach, but it is really worth it.The largest war canoe in the world at 35m long. Called Ngatokimatawharua, it was built for the centenary of the signing of the treaty in 1940 and can carry 80 warriors. It was fashioned from two giant kauri trees and each year...

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  • Bush walking tracks

    The walkway back to the visitors centre from the War Canoe is very nicely laid out, with elevated pine walkways amongst the ginat punga ferns.

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  • The Maori Meeting House - Whare Runanga

    I much prefer the traditional Maori Meeting House, it is very impressive, especially the interior. The Whare Runanga and marae (grassed are in front) form the basis of Maori culture and society. It is held as a symbol of tribal prestige and a monument to the tribe's notable ancestors: the apex is his head, the ridgepole his backbone, the...

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  • The Treaty House

    I am quite disappointed by the Waitangi Treaty House - there is not much to see here, just an old house with the dining room laid out and the bedroom furnished. I feel it has been milked for more than it is worth, getting down to dessecting the walls to show how they were constrcuted. Big deal!

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  • The Treaty House

    Built in 1832 as the home of the British resident James Busby. This is where the Treaty between the Maoris and the representatives from the British government was signed on 6th February 1840. The house has now been preserved as a memorial and a museum.

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  • Te Whare Runanga - a national meeting...

    Te Whare Runanga sits to the north of Busby's House and commemorates the centenary of the Treaty of Waitangi. It was opened for that event in 1940. It looks like a typical Maori meeting house, but in actual fact it is unique as it does not belong to any one iwi (tribe). Inside it is decorated in a special way to represent all the iwi of New...

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  • The Treaty House

    The treaty house, New Zealand's most visited historic building, was built in 1833 for British Resident James Busby.The Treaty House was extensively restored when Governor-General Lord Bledisloe and his wife bought the house for the nation a hundred years later.Inside the house visitors can read notices and panels that tell the story or this house...

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Waitangi Restaurants

  • Great Coffees, Fantastic Food

    Waikokopu Cafe has a wide range of menu items ranging from a small muffin and a coffee to a full plate of Pork Ribs.This Cafe is reasonably priced and it situated in a wonderful setting. If you get a chance sit out on the desked area next to the pond.

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  • Fine food and good coffee.

    The Waikokopu Cafe is located in the Waitangi National Trust Reserve, but has access to the carpark. The building sits beside a little pond and a lovely green patch of bush (native forest). The coffee is good and there is an impresively creative menu that has a lot of choice. If you don't want a meal, there are lots of nice snacks and cakes and...

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Waitangi Nightlife

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    by tna Written Jun 2, 2005

    This really is a special place if you're looking for a unique location for a few drinks and a relaxing evening. It is a converted wooden sugar boat with a bar covered by a canope on the upper deck and a restaurant below. It seems to be a 'locals' joint - not too many tourists, but there are interesting cultural treats too: news clippings on the walls from 1833 with adverts trying to entice nice English girls to emigrate to New Zealand.

    Dress Code: Casual but nice.

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Waitangi Local Customs

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    Maori culture

    by shiran_d Written Feb 8, 2003

    Recent years have seen a renaissance of a rich heritage steeped in ritual, symbolism, mythology, and music. Maori culture, though of Polynesian origin, developed very distinctive aspects in isolation so far south in the Pacific.

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Waitangi Off The Beaten Path

  • Kauri Trees

    This area of New Zealand is famous for its giant Kauri Trees. All along the road from Auckland we see thse kauri trees and other trees interspersed with the enormous punga ferns. I am fascinated by the pattern they create on the landscape.Kauri is an ancient tree which belongs to the pine family. Preserved trees have been found in New Zealand which...

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  • Cape reinga

    A lonely lighthouse and a gnarled, twisted pohutukawa tree on a windswept cliff top on the northern tip of New Zealand have a special place in the Kiwi psyche.That all. lot of driving to do worth a visit,

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  • Helechos - Ferns

    Los helechos es una constante durante la visita a Nueva Zelanda Acostumbrado a los helechos que tenemos en el Norte de España , que son pequeños . los de nueva Zelanda me impresionaron por su tamaño , su variedad y por su belleza .Fueron una muy grata compañía durante todo nuestro viaje Ferns is a constant during the visit to New ZealandUsed to...

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  • The interior of Whare Runanga.

    When you go inside the national meeting house, you'll be impressed by the dramatic carvings and tukutuku panels. If you pay a little extra at the entrance to the Waitangi reserve, you can get a guide to explain more about the carvings.

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