Things to do in Waitangi

Our most recommended things to do in Waitangi

Waitangi Treaty Grounds 2-Day Pass

1. Waitangi Treaty Grounds 2-Day Pass

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s premier historic site, with a 2-day pass. Valid for two consecutive days, your pass includes an informative 50-minute guided tour, introductory film, and 30-minute cultural performance. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are where New Zealand’s most significant document was signed. Watch an introductory film about the Treaty of Waitangi. Embark on a 50-minute tour with a local guide, with headsets provided so that you can hear clearly. Stroll through the beautiful grounds and admire panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. See the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe, and stand in the spot where the treaty was signed. Visit the Museum of Waitangi Te Kongahu to see permanent and changing exhibits, and explore the educational center. Make use of multimedia and visual displays as you admire taonga (treasures). Enjoy a 30-minute cultural performance at the magnificently carved meeting house. Te Pitowhenua, a performing arts group, will invite you inside with a traditional Maori powhiri (welcome). Poi twirling, Maori weaponry, stick games, heavenly harmonies, and a traditional haka dance will leave you spellbound.

Russell: Sundowner Tall Ship Sailing Adventure with Snacks

2. Russell: Sundowner Tall Ship Sailing Adventure with Snacks

Help sail the tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson, around New Zealand's beautiful Bay of Islands at sunset. This shorter, family-friendly trip is perfect if you don't have time for a full day at sea but still want the unique tall ship experience. You'll have a chance to take the helm, help hoist the sails, or ride the bowsprit.  Meet your guide in Paihia or Russell and jump on board. After you set sail and you'll be able to relax and enjoy the views, learn about the history of Paihia, Waitangi, and the Black Rocks, or snap perfect sunset photos.   While onboard you can snack on a shared antipasto platter, or purchase local wines or beers from the licensed cash bar. If you want to help with sailing the ship, just ask your guide.  Your tour includes ferry tickets to Russell, so you can head over earlier in the day and explore the town before boarding the tall ship back to Paihia.

Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

3. Paihia: Bay of Islands Trike Tour Experience

On the scenic tour, you'll climb aboard your trike, buckle up, and settle in for one of the most exciting tours of your life. Venture out onto the open road, take a short burst out to the half moon-shaped Haruru Falls, and then continue back to Waitangi Lookout. Capture the breathtaking, 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands on your camera, plus get your picture taken behind the handlebars of the big beast.  The thriller tour includes an action-packed, 30-minute tour on the V2 Chek Trike. Zip off to the picturesque Opua and return with photos and even more adrenaline-pumping thrills as you cruise down this awesome, winding coastal road. The combo tour includes a one-hour tour around the scenic Bay of Islands. Visit the beautiful Haruru Falls before continuing to Waitangi Lookout for breathtaking views. Wind your way through the hills of the idyllic Opua before a thrilling ride back to Paihia. This option works as combination of the first two and is the best choice for adrenaline-seekers.

Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

4. Bay of Islands: Shore Excursion with Kawiti Glowworm Caves

Set off on a 5.5-hour sightseeing tour of the Bay of Islands, often referred to as “the birthplace of New Zealand”. The tour commences at 9:00 AM from the Waitangi Wharf, where the cruise ship's tenders will bring you to shore. The first stop is at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves, where you'll experience this magical glowworm phenomenon on a 1-hour guided tour. From Kawiti, the tour moves onward to Kawakawa, also known as “Train Town”, as the Bay of Islands Vintage Railway runs down the middle of its main street. From this point you will proceed toward Puketi Forest, a 15,000-hectare forest containing magnificent stands of kauri and a rich ecological diversity. The next stop is Kerikeri, also known for its successful horticulture, niche food products, fabulous chocolates, boutique vineyards, art galleries, and crafts. Here, watch the making of chocolate, taste some treats, and do some shopping during a visit to Makana Chocolates. You will see the “The Stone Store”, New Zealand’s oldest building, and the adjacent “Kemp House” (without allotted time for entrance). Heading back to Paihia, stop at the Haruru Falls, a breathtaking waterfall in a horseshoe shape. Departing the Haruru Falls, the final stop is at the Waitangi Look Out Loop, providing stunning views over Waitangi and the Bay of Islands. The tour will either return you to the tenders in Waitangi or drop you to the township of Paihia, should you wish to explore further before catching one of the shuttles back to the tenders.

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4.8 / 5

based on 96 reviews

Awesome business Thunder Trike Tours run - so professional! Mark is by far the best driver with his experience & knowledge. FANTASTIC FUN!

Well worth the cost of the tickets, cultural performance and tour very informative and entertaining!

The glow worm caves were facinating. They really did look like stats in the night sky.

Such a fab experience with my 6yr old! Our driver was fantastic as well!!

Fantastic experience, and fab tour guide , would recommend to all.