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New Museum of Waitangi

The new Museum of Waitangi opens its doors to the public on Sunday, 7 February.

05 February 2016


The state of the art, architecturally designed museum and education centre is the cornerstone of the $14 million redevelopment programme at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. 

The two-storied museum houses the inaugural and permanent exhibition Ko Waitangi Tenei: This is Waitangi. The exhibitionexplores the stories of Waitangi - the people, the place and the Treaty. The exhibition also includes taonga from museums and private collections across the country, as well as content from around the world including Canada, USA, UK and Australia.

The museum will regularly host temporary exhibitions and opens with a collection of rarely seen photographs documenting protest action at Waitangi over the decades.

Waitangi National Trust, Chief Executive Greg McManus expects the new museum will be a big drawcard for visitors.

“It’s our hope that every Kiwi will visit Waitangi and our new museum will be another reason to come to this very special part of New Zealand - the birthplace of our nation.”

In addition to the new museum, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds will also offer a new all-inclusive Day Pass and during summer visitors can enjoy a twilight Hāngi & Concert, perfect for those wishing to have a full Waitangi experience.

The Day Pass includes a Guided Tour and Cultural Performance – adults $40, New Zealand residents $20 and children (under 18 years) are free. Hāngi & Concert - adults  $105, children (5-15 years) $50.