Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the scene of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, and is a must-do for any visitor.

Truly one of New Zealand’s most historic sites, being the place where both Maori and European joined in signing the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. A vast peaceful estate, the Treaty Grounds contain the Treaty House, a Maori Meeting house, one of the largest Maori waka (war canoe) in New Zealand, a gallery and an excellent visitors’ centre.

You’ll want at least half a day to absorb the beauty and history of the site – the guided tours and daytime entertainment are recommended, as are the excellent Maori cultural performances in the evenings. Cultural Performance Cultural Performance This vast peaceful estate is a must see for any visitor interested in New Zealand's history and culture.

Adjacent to the Treaty Grounds is the Waitangi Golf Course. This wonderful course is located in a wonderful setting with majestic ocean views.

And for a deeper understanding of how mangrove forests fit into coastal ecology, take a trek through to Haruru Falls or join a guided kayak tour.