Photo: Tai Ha, Waitangi
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds overlooks the Bay of Islands and are the are the birthplace (Te Pitowhenua) of New Zealand (Aotearoa).
Treaty of Waitangi
In 1840 Maori chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. This teaty is considered New Zealand’s founding document and established British law in New Zealand, while at the same time guaranteeing Maori authority over their land and culture. The treaty is unique in the world as a founding document that is not just about conquest.
Every year on February 6, New Zealand marks the signing of the treaty with celebrations throughout the country and in Waitangi.
The day was first officially commemorated in 1934 and has been a public holiday since 1974.
The Treaty Grounds are part of the 506 hectare (1,000 acre) Waitangi National Trust estate.
Transportation — Waitangi is located north of Auckland. Driving time approximately 3 hours.