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Culture and Heritage

There is wealth of cultural and heritage activities on offer that will give you the full flavour of life in the Far North.

The Bay of Islands is often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand” due to the momentous events that took place there, which shaped our nation. The famous Treaty of Waitangi, which was signed here in 1840 by both representatives of the Brittish Crown and Maori chiefs, became the founding document for our new nation, and is commemorated every year in the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Explore the museums, take a historical tour and walk the early Maori pa sites.

Maori Culture

Bay of Islands - the setting to a number of Maori legends and sacred sites

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Kauri Forest

Stand before ancient Kauri trees that were here long before man came to these shores.

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Historic Landmarks

Rich in history, from the early Maori to the first European settlers

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Explore one of New Zealand’s most significant historic regions via the local museums

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