History Of New Zealand

At the northern end of the beach is Te Tii Marae –  a very special place in New Zealand’s history as this is where Maori chiefs rested while they considered the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

You can visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – 'Birthplace of the Nation' – to get an insight into the significance of this area and the founding of New Zealand. The new Museum of Waitangi (opened 2016) provides comprehensive insight into the foundation of New Zealand as a colony as well as an introduction into the Maori culture and history. The excellent interactive exhibits will keep younger and older visitors entertained – set aside 3–4 hours to fully enjoy this historic site.