Waitangi is actually a township that lies in the Bay of Islands that could be found on the North Island of New Zealand. It lies near the Paihia town at a distance of 60 kilometres towards the north of Whangarei. The meaning of this name is weeping waters in Maori. Waitangi boasts amazing attractions that are simply breathtaking. Tourists love to visit this place and explore the history of Maori culture and their still preserved antiquities.
The town is best known for being the site where the Treaty of Witangi was signed. The treaty was signed on 6 February 1840. Besides this, the town is also known as the place where the Declaration of Independence of New Zealand was signed, before 5-years on 28 October 1835. Later, this treaty was approved by the British Crown in the year 1836. However, the treaty was properly started on 5 February 1840, when a public meeting was held on the grounds close to the residence of James Busby. The introduction of this treaty was effectively withdrawn the Declaration of Independence that made the country a British colony. With this, the treaty was considered as the founding document of New Zealand as a nation.
With this, Waitangi Day is celebrated in the country annually with the celebration of singing. The Waitangi Day is considered as the national holiday of New Zealand. So if you are visiting this town, try to attend this celebration and enjoy its culture. While grounding for the New Zealand Centenary in the year 1940, the Treaty house at the town was restored during 1930s and the Meeting House Te Whare Runanga was constructed next to it. This sparks the first emergence of the Treaty since the 19th century into Pakeha attention. Waitangi lies at a distance of three kilometres towards the northwest of Paihia. It is among the most spectacular and historic places in the world.
The Waitangi Treaty House as well as the grounds was gifted to New Zealand along with additional 1,000 acres of land block. It was gifted in the year 1932 by Lord Bledisloe, the governor general, and his wife. Lord Bledisloe’s intention was just to create a national historic site that could mark the foundation document of the country. So from this, a trust board was set up, the decrepit house re-established, and the grounds of Waitangi was slowly developed. The treat house between the years 1989 to 1990 has faced massive renovations.
Those looking for refreshment by exploring the historical sites must visit Waitangi and enjoy its ancient world with amazing settings of nature and wonders. The best way to explore the town and its beauty is by taking a guided tour. The town holds many guided tours that offer great experiences. You will get regular guided tours of the Treaty Grounds along with special stories and historical records. Waitangi boasts amazing culture, crafts, and summer sun. Watching and enjoying the summer sun at Waitangi is a dream of those people who have already visited the town and got fascinated.
Well, if you are a New Zealander, you can enter the Treaty Grounds without paying any admission charges. Entry is free in the Treaty Grounds for the nationals and will have to pay a little to those who are coming from abroad with $20 for adults and $10 for children. You can also try your hand in some of the activities at the site that will then enhance your visit. If you are taking a tour, activities will be included in it. Besides activities, you should also enjoy shopping at this place and remember the moment forever.
The place has genuine crafts, attractive pictorial, interpretive literature and of course, unique souvenirs. So enjoy your visit at the Waitangi Treaty Ground and explore the history of it entirely.