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Museum of Waitangi.
The Museum of Waitangi, opened on 7 February 2016. Built by local building companies, the two storey museum houses a permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tenei on the ground floor and changing exhibitions, along with an education centre on the first floor. The Museum of Waitangi enhances the Waitangi Treaty Grounds experience by introducing the story of the area and its people through high quality exhibition and learning spaces, making use of multi-media and visual displays. Significant taonga (treasures) associated with Waitangi were scattered throughout New Zealand and have now made the journey home to take their place in the Museum of Waitangi.
Locals and dignitaries flocked to the Museum for opening day and all agreed that the Museum is fantastic whilst portraying a sometimes not-so-pretty account of that signing of the Treaty. Come visit NZ’s newest cultural icon, the Museum of Waitangi, destined to become a site of great national significance and a major visitor attraction in the Bay of Islands.
Guided Tours Your Day Pass includes a Guided Tour of the Treaty Grounds. A large copy of the Treaty of Waitangi in the Visitor Centre sets the scene for your informative tour. Stepping outside takes you through lush native forest to the sparkling waters of the bay, where you’ll discover NgÄtokimatawhaorua, the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. The story of the journey of MÄori ancestors to Aotearoa is revealed before you continue along a gently sloping track to the flagstaff. Underneath the flagstaff is the very spot where the Treaty was signed in 1840. Your Guided Tour ends in front of the Treaty House and Meeting House, with breath taking views of the Bay of Islands and a new appreciation for New Zealand’s history