Visit New Zealand’s most important historic site and enjoy a Hāngi & Concert at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, located just 2km from Paihia and offering extensive views of the beautiful Bay of Islands.
It was here in 1840 that New Zealand’s founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi, was signed between the Māori Chiefs and the British Crown. Being rich in history and storytelling, it is an absolute must-do whilst visiting the Bay of Islands.
Enjoy an interactive cultural performance followed by a traditional Māori feast cooked in a contemporary earth oven filled with hot stones. Meat and vegetables such as chicken, pork, lamb, potatoes, kumara (sweet potato) and other vegetables are placed in a basket and left to steam underground for several hours.
Begin your evening at the Whare Waka Cafe, where you will view the Hāngi (earth oven) unveiling before experiencing three fierce challenges, two in the bush and the last one in front of Te Whare Rūnanga (the House of Assembly).
Enjoy a spine-tingling performance of waiata (singing), a display of Maori weaponry, poi, stick games, and the famous haka inside Te Whare Rūnanga.
End your evening back at Whare Waka Cafe, where you will get to enjoy the traditionally prepared Hāngi dinner
Make sure to book ahead so you don’t miss out.