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Waitangi Area Guide

Waitangi is not a town in itself, but a historical area occupying its own promontory on the eastern side of the Bay of Islands. It's separated from adjacent Paihia by a bridge at the top of the latter's coastal road.

Waitangi is dominated by the Treaty Grounds, a historical site with various displays and activities centered around the Maori culture and the signing of the treaty that established New Zealand as a nation (back in 1840).

A large flagpole marks the spot where this Treaty of Waitangi was first signed, and is easily spotted on any of the boat trips out of Paihia wharf.


Coastal Kayakers

Guided tours with sea kayaks lasting from half a day to a three day camping trip. The tours take you to mangrove forests, waterfalls and various islands with their beaches and other natural attractions. You can also rent your own kayaks.

Copthorne Hotel - Bay of Islands

Located on a small sea promontory in the grounds of the Waitangi National Trust Reserve, the hotel has 50+ rooms and a restaurant & café bar.

Waikokopu Cafe

Offers snacks and meals until the early evening in a shady garden setting, at the entrance to the famous Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Waitangi Golf Club

18-hole par 70 golf course with sea views, cafe and bar facilities, a pro shop and club, cart and shoe hire. The course is open to non-members.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty House, Maori Meeting House, a Maori war canoe and extensive parkland and gardens. Site where the Waitangi Treaty was signed, ushering in the modern era of New Zealand history. Also has shopping and cafe facilities, and hosts various shows, events, exhibitions and local tours.