Waitangi Treaty Grounds New Zealand’s most important historic site • NEW Day Pass • Guided Tours • NEW Museum of Waitangi • Cultural Performances • Hāngi & Concert • Whare Waka Café 1 Waitangi Treaty Grounds (foreground) in the beautiful Bay of Islands Welcome Take an enlightening journey through history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Stand on the spot where New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) - was signed on 6 February 1840, and find out more about how this document has forged the unique land that we now call Aotearoa New Zealand. See the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Explore our brand new, state of the art Museum of Waitangi, just opened on 7 February. Take in the ground floor exhibition Ko Waitangi Tenei (This is Waitangi) with its multi-media displays and significant taonga (treasures), and first floor gallery exhibition. Sit back and watch the introductory film in the Visitor Centre, browse the quality selection in the gift shop and enjoy a delicious lunch at Whare Waka Café. The world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, Ngātokimatawhaorua The historic Treaty House, built in the 1830s Our new all-inclusive Day Pass allows you to experience all the Waitangi Treaty Grounds has to offer by day and our Hāngi & Concert will top off a summers evening with a themed intimate experience not to be missed. We look forward to seeing you at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds soon. Te Whare Rūnanga (the carved meeting house) 2 Waitangi Day Pass The new Day Pass is the ultimate Waitangi Treaty Grounds experience. Spend half a day exploring the grounds while soaking up the scenery and story of New Zealand’s most important historic site. Your Day Pass includes: • Admission to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds • Entry to the brand new Museum of Waitangi • An informative Guided Tour with one of our local guides (50 minutes) • A high-energy, entertaining Cultural Performance (30 minutes) • The Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation introductory film (22 minutes) • Full access to New Zealand’s most important historic site, featured icons, bush walks and spectacular Bay of Islands views Available everyday: Duration: Half day Price: Adult NZ resident (ID required) Child (up to 18 years) $40.00 $20.00 Free* *Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Price not valid for schools or groups. NEW in 2016 Make the most of your visit. Day Pass valid for two consecutive days! 3 Museum of Waitangi Museum of Waitangi Included in the Day Pass is entry to the Museum of Waitangi. The Museum of Waitangi, opened on 7 February 2016. The two storey museum houses a permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tenei on the ground floor and changing exhibitions, along with an education centre on the first floor. The Museum of Waitangi enhances the Waitangi Treaty Grounds experience by introducing the story of the area and its people through high quality exhibition and learning spaces, making use of multi-media and visual displays. Significant taonga (treasures) associated with Waitangi were scattered throughout New Zealand and have now made the journey home to take their place in the Museum of Waitangi. 4 Guided Tours Your Day Pass includes a Guided Tour of the Treaty Grounds. A large copy of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Visitor Centre sets the scene for your informative tour. Stepping outside takes you through lush native forest to the sparkling waters of the bay, where you’ll discover Ngātokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. The story of the journey of Māori ancestors to Aotearoa is revealed before you continue along a gently sloping track to the flagstaff. Underneath the flagstaff is the very spot where the Treaty was signed in 1840. Your Guided Tour ends in front of the Treaty House and Meeting House, with breath taking views of the Bay of Islands and a new appreciation for New Zealand’s history. Daily tours Duration: 50 minutes Every hour on the hour 10am to 4pm Included in the Day Pass (see page 4 for prices) NEW in 2015 Personal audio devices We make sure you get the best tour experience and hear all the guide’s informative commentary with the introduction of audio sets with earpieces for each visitor. 5 Cultural Performances Follow a Guided Tour with an entertaining Cultural Performance, included in your Day Pass. All visitors gather outside the majestic carved meeting house (Te Whare Rūnanga) where Te Pitowhenua, our resident performing arts group, will welcome you inside with a traditional Māori welcome (powhiri). Seated in stunning carved surroundings that depict history and genealogy, the scene is set for a high-energy show. Poi twirling, Māori weaponry, stick games, heavenly harmonies and a traditional haka will leave you spellbound. After the show there is an opportunity to meet the performers, ask questions and take photos with them. Daily performance schedule October and November: 11am, 1pm and 3pm December to March: 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm April to September: 11am, 1pm and 2pm Duration: 30 minutes Included in the Day Pass (see page 4 for prices) 6 Hāngi & Concert Long summer evenings in the Bay of Islands lend themselves perfectly to a twilight cultural experience. Your night begins at Whare Waka Café within the Treaty Grounds, a charming setting to mix and mingle with a drink while your host introduces the intimate themed evening. You will then gather around the contemporary hāngi pit (earth oven) for the unveiling of the food, giving you a tantalising taste of the dinner to come. During a short bush walk you will experience a traditional Māori challenge (wero) and welcome (powhiri), before arriving at the carved meeting house for your Cultural Performance. Return across the grounds to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner of various meats, stuffing, vegetables, breads, salads and steamed pudding. This really is your ultimate immersion in Māori culture. Available 1 December to 30 March Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6pm – 8.30pm Maximum of 50 people Prices: Adult $105.00 Child (5 - 15years) $50.00 Complimentary Drink + Day Pass now included! Get more with your Hāngi & Concert ticket – now includes a complimentary drink on arrival at Whare Waka Café and a Day Pass for the Treaty Grounds. 7 Whare Waka Café Open daily from 9am to 4pm, the fully licensed Whare Waka Café offers a wide selection of cabinet and à la carte food. Choose from the cosy ambience indoors or the outdoor area surrounded by native bush, overlooking the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and the beautiful Bay of Islands. In summer (1 December– 30 March) Whare Waka Café also offers a Hāngi & Concert themed evening on Tuesday and Thursday (See page 5 for details) Gift Shop Our gift shop is located in the Visitor Centre and features a wide selection of specialised books, high quality Māori carvings, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs. Choose from a special range of products including a large number of local and NZ made pieces. Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation Introductory Film Sit back in our purpose-built theatre in the Visitor Centre and enjoy a 22 minute overview of the importance of New Zealand’s premier historic site in Waitangi – Birthplace of a Nation. 8 Waitangi Day Every year on Waitangi Day, 6 February, New Zealanders of all communities and backgrounds gather to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Waitangi Day at the Treaty Grounds starts at 5am with the traditional Dawn Service in the carved meeting house. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment, children’s activities and over 100 market stalls offering food, art, craft and clothing. 9 Ngātokimatawhaorua on the water for Waitangi Day festivities Top: Crowd gathers in front of the Flagpole, Waitangi Treaty Grounds Above: Royal NZ Navy Band Beat the Retreat on 5 February Waitangi Treaty Grounds Waitangi Golf Course The Carved Meeting House Flagstaff Hobson Memorial Cameli a Treaty House ck Tra sT ra c k Visitor Museum Centre of Waitangi & Shop k N ia alls Trac Haruru F Whare Waka Café bsons B Ho ea Exit Main Entrance Carpark Paihia 2 min drive 25 min walk ch Paths Ceremonial War Canoes Walking Tracks Toilets Bush 10 OPENING HOURS Open daily except Christmas Day To H aru (1.5 hr ru wa lk) Fa ll s 26 December to 29 February: 9am – 6pm WAITANGI 1 March to 24 December: 9am – 5pm CONTACT DETAILS RUSSELL Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Bay of Islands MOTUMAIRE ISLAND 0800 9248 2644 (Free phone within NZ) +64 9 402 7437 [email protected] Paihia to Waitangi Treaty Grounds (25min walk) www.waitangi.org.nz Paihia-Russell Passenger Ferry PAIHIA Public Reserve Terms & Conditions Prices in this brochure are valid to October 2016. Bookings may be cancelled without penalty up to 48 hours before date of travel. Cancellations within 48 hours of date of travel or a no show may be charged in full. Promotions or special prices are not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and are subject to the terms and conditions stated in each promotion, which may differ from offer to offer. In the unlikely event that a booked experience is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, Waitangi National Trust will refund the paid amount in full. WAITANGI 2016. Walking Track Toilets Playground Golf Course DIRECTIONS: The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are located in the Bay of Islands, just a three hour drive north of Auckland. From the nearest township of Paihia it is an easy 25 minute walk along the beachfront or a two minute drive with convenient parking outside our main entrance.
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