Historic Site sights in Paihia & Waitangi
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Occupying a headland draped in manicured lawns and native bush, this is the most significant site in NZ's history (and as such entry is free to NZ citizens upon presentation of a passport or drivers' license). It was here on 6 February 1840 that the first 43 Maori chiefs, after much discussion, signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown (eventually over 500 would sign it).
The Treaty House was built in 1832 as the four-room home of British resident James Busby. It's now preserved as a memorial and museum containing displays, which include a copy of the treaty. Just across the lawn, the magnificently detailed whare runanga (meeting house) was completed in 1940 to…