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.

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.

Te Ra o Waitangi Waitangi Day

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