Experience Māori history in the capital

According to Māori tradition, Wellington Harbour was originally a lake and home to two great taniwha (mythic water monsters) named Ngake and Whātaitai. The story goes that the taniwha decided to escape the lake and their dramatic thrashing movement permanent altered the landscape, creating what is now Wellington Harbour, Mount Victoria and the surrounding areas.

He Tohu, National Library of New Zealand

See the Treaty of Waitangi

National Library of New Zealand , 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

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See the original Treaty of Waitangi up-close at the National Library of New Zealand's permanent exhibition, He Tohu. Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi, is the agreement that Aotearoa New Zealand is built on and was first signed at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. As well an opportunity to view the treaty, He Tohu is an interactive, hands-on exhibition that gives historical insight into the treaty and its implications in Aotearoa New Zealand since its signing.


Pukaha National Wildlife Centre manukura

Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha

85379 State Highway 2, Mount Bruce, Wairarapa

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Join local Māori iwi (tribe) Rangitāne on a walk through the bush at Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre. Learn about wildlife, trees and traditional stories of the Tangata Whenua (people of the land). Listen to ancient stories of the Pūkaha forest. Discover Māori whakapapa (genealogy), spirituality and connection to place. Includes shared kai (food) of kawakawa tea and bread.


Te Ra o Waitangi Waitangi Day

Te Rā o Waitangi, Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is the national day of New Zealand and commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February, 1840. Wellington celebrates Te Rā o Waitangi with a day of music, dance, craft and kai (food) at Waitangi Park on the waterfront and with a Waitangi Day Festival in Porirua. Waitangi Day is also the perfect opportunity to go and see the Treaty of Waitangi at He Tohu at the National Library.

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