The Treaty of Waitangi was signed here in 1840 in a magnificent setting. Since 1934 there has been an annual commemoration of signing of the Treaty (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) here in February. Often in latter years this has been an occasion for protest related to the debate about the significance of the Treaty to modern-day New Zealand.
In 2016 the Waitangi National Trust, which manages the Treaty Grounds, will open a new museum, bringing together the location, the Treaty house, and the history as a visitor experience.
In the meantime there is an excellent audio-visual presentation on the Treaty and a beautiful meeting house (Whare Runanga). In the expansive grounds, featuring the flagstaff where the Treaty was signed, and bounded to the east by the beach Te Ana o Maikuku, also known as Hobson's Beach, you can see the Nga Puhi war canoe (Waka) Ngatokimatawhaorua. It is the largest such waka, at 35 metres, and forms part of the annual ceremony.
Educate yourself by clicking on the link below to NZ ON Screen, The Waitangi Collection", it's all there.
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Note: Location is approximate.