Russell (Bay of Islands), New Zealand
Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Historic Kerikeri
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Approximately 3½ Hours
Learn about the early Maori and European (Causcasian) history of New Zealand, for it was here in the Bay of Islands that many of this young country's formative events occurred. Transfer from Waitangi Wharf to the Waitangi Treaty House and the surrounding grounds. Here, in 1840, the leading Maori chiefs of the area signed a treaty with the British Crown. The signing over of their sovereignty has been a contentious issue ever since.
After walking through the Treaty House you will continue through the grounds where you will see a finely carved marae (meeting place) and a huge waka (canoe). The views across the Bay of Islands to Russell are beautiful.
Your tour continues to Kerikeri, where the first house was built in New Zealand.
Visit Kemp House, built by the early missionaries who also built the Stone Store alongside. Here you will have the opportunity to look through both buildings.
Nowadays, Kerikeri is an important citrus growing area, where much of New Zealand's orange and grapefruit crop is raised. It is also a popular haven for artists and craftspeople.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.