New Zealand’s founding document, an agreement between Britain and 50 Maori chiefs, was signed on the grounds of Waitangi in 1840. Each year on 6th February, New Zealanders of all origins come to the Waitangi treaty grounds to commemorate the founding of their nation.

Te Whare Runanga (above) is a unique meeting house that is shared by all Maori tribes and symbolizes Maori involvement in the signing of the treaty and in the life of the nation. The major tribal art styles are represented in the carvings, reed panels and painted rafter patterns.

The highlight of ‘Waitangi Day’ is the launch of the 120-warrior long canoe made from 3 massive kauri trees.

Maori Warrior
Maori Waka (canoe)

“We take with us beautiful memories of this special corner of paradise. Our stay has been fabulous. The food and comfort care was the best…the highlight of our visit to New Zealand.”

Paul & Betsy Hoppe
Minnesota, USA
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