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 Ngāke and Whataitai

Poneke Maori Cultural Walking Tour

See an historic pātaka (store house)

The Dowse Art Museum, 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt

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Visit The Dowse Art Museum to see Nuku Tewhatewha, a nationally significant pātaka (Māori store house, usually for food) which was built in 1856. No ordinary food store, this beautifully carved tāonga (treasure) has had a long symbolic history linked to the history of Māori leadership throughout Aotearoa.


The Dowse Nuku Tewhatewha
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.


Te Raukura/Te Wharewaka o Pōneke

2 Taranaki Street, Wellington waterfront

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This distinctive contemporary building, conceived as a feather cloak laid across the landscape, is located on Wellington's waterfront on the former site of Te Aro Pa, a large Māori community until the 1880s. The Wharewaka (waka house) holds two ceremonial waka and is open daily to the public. Traditional Māori cuisine, including hangi, can be enjoyed in the adjoining Karaka Cafe.


Te Wharewaka Karaka Cafe
Te Papa Te Taiao Nature Exhibit

Te Taiao Nature at Te Papa

55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington

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Te Taiao Nature at Te Papa is a bold and immersive journey through the natural world of Aotearoa New Zealand, combining cutting-edge science with mātauranga Māori. This exhibition explores the natural world using the concepts of mātauranga Māori. Mauri is an energy which binds and animates all things in the physical world. Without mauri, mana cannot flow into a person or object.


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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