A guide for international visitors, Waitangi Day is a significant day in New Zealand’s history. Celebrated annually on February 6th, it commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the country’s founding document. The Bay of Islands is a popular destination for visitors on this day, as it is the location where the treaty was signed.
Bay of Islands: Māori Culture and History
Aotearoa New Zealand’s birth as a modern country starts here in the Far North, and the Bay of Islands is rich in Māori cultural and historic places. Kerikeri is home to New Zealand’s oldest European buildings, and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where it all began.
The Bay of Islands is considered the birthplace of modern New Zealand, and events in Kerikeri, Waitangi and Russell shaped the famous Treaty, and early European engagement with Maori.
Te Kōngahu – the new Treaty of Waitangi museum opened its doors to the public on the 8th February 2016, and is truly a new ‘taonga’ for the Bay of Islands and New Zealand; much deserved of a visit.
We love to recommend themes for guests along their interests for day trips, and one of our favourites is the Bay of Islands’ Missionary Trail.