Waitangi Treaty Grounds 

Today we went to the spot where New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed on Feb 6, 1840. This treaty was signed by representatives of the British Crown and various Maori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand and gave Maori the rights of British subjects. 

Our time there was spent touring with a guide that knew it all! With the help of little headsets, we were able to walk around and see the land and the war canoes on display while having his voice come through on the headset with valuable information on what we were seeing. We got to see the historic Treaty House, the carved meeting house, and the world's largest ceremonial war canoe. We also were lucky enough to explore the brand new Museum of Waitangi that just recently opened in 2016. At the end of our tour we got to see a cultural performance in the carved meeting house that was honestly so eye opening and exciting to see. We weren't allowed to take videos but below are some images of the performance. Overall this day was a very educational one and we enjoyed finally getting to learn a little more about the land that we are traveling around for the next year. 

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