Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Bay of Islands, Northland
All year round

Visitors to Waitangi purchase an Experience Pass that includes admission to the two new museums, all heritage buildings, the carving studio and a full programme of tours and cultural performances. The Experience Pass is valid for two consecutive days.

The theme of the Te Rau Aroha museum’s main exhibition is the Price of Citizenship, Te Utu o Te Kiriraraunga. The contemporary, immersive and interactive museum is divided into three galleries and incorporates state of the art technology to help bring its stories to life. In Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi visitors are taken on a journey through historical moments as they happened – leaving the museum encouraged to reflect on what the Treaty means today. Entry to the permanent exhibition is via an impressive foyer and begins with a traditional Māori karanga. The restored Treaty House includes a modern audiovisual experience that encourages visitors to think about the momentous events which took place in each room of the house. 



For more info visit:

Waitangi Treaty Grounds


1 Tau Henare Drive
Bay of Islands


0800 9248 2644




The grounds consist of varying landscapes and access-ways, including boardwalks, concrete paths, tracks, beaches, and lawns. The varying landscape can be difficult for visitors with restricted mobility to navigate. Without the help of a companion it may be difficult to participate in some of the onsite activities (Guided Tour and Cultural Performance) and visit attractions such as the waka ). Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi has a lift between the foyer on the ground floor and gallery and restrooms on the first floor. Te Rau Aroha Museum has wheelchair access. We also have wheelchairs (max user capacity 100kg) and ramps available. Please let them know your needs at the time of booking so they can ensure you are well supported.


Accessible car parking is available in the main car park, closest to the main entrance. If you require mobility support from the carpark they have wheelchairs available for use and encourage any accessibility questions or concerns to be raised at the time of booking so they are prepared to cater for your needs on arrival. Free parking available for visitors right outside the main entrance, in two large carparks with additional parking available across the road on Tau Henare Drive.


From Auckland: about 3 hours drive from Auckland. Follow State Highway 1 north to Whangarei (165km) and then follow the signs north to Kawakawa (a further 60km). From there, follow the signs to the Bay of Islands and Paihia (15km). Take the waterfront road through Paihia to the roundabout. Go straight through the roundabout and across the one-lane bridge to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (signposted). From Paihia: 2km from Paihia, a 25 minute walk or 2 minute drive.

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