Bay Of Islands Herritage
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nau mai haere mai - Welcome to New Zealand’s most important historic site.
The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are an absolute must-do when you are in the Bay of Islands - rich in history and stories of the momentous events which shaped our nation.
Gain a deeper understanding during a guided tour with one of our professional guides and enjoy a high quality cultural performance in our beautiful carved meeting house (Whare Runanga).
Explore the Treaty House and marvel at the scale of Ngatokimatawhaorua, one of the world’s largest carved war canoes (waka taua). Take time to wander through the beautiful grounds of the Waitangi estate, complete with extensive gardens, bush tracks, beaches, and fabulous views over the Bay of Islands and beyond.
To make the most of your visit you should to allow at least three hours for your Treaty Grounds experience.
Culture North Night Show
Culture North provides you with a wide range of Maori cultural experiences giving you the unique opportunity to interact with Maori as a living, vibrant culture.
Our flagship is our evening sound and light performance, the Culture North Night Show. Set in the meeting house at the Waitangi Treaty grounds, and told through the eyes of a grandparent and his grandson, you are intimately transported back 1000 years then forward to the 19th century and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the founding document of New Zealand. The experience is sure to educate, entertain and enlighten.
By day we can escort you through the Bay of Islands and Northland region by providing a wide selection of guided tours. Tell us what you are looking for and we will take you to experience it.
Haere mai. Welcome to Culture North and welcome to Northland; the birthplace of our nation.
Haruru Falls Walkway
This is a sheltered walk from the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi, along the bush-clad banks of the Waitangi River to Haruru Falls.
The track is suitable for families but can be slippery in places after heavy rain.
The walk leaves on the opposite side of the road from the Treaty Grounds. There is ample parking for cars.
At first the track follows the edge of the Waitangi Golf Course and walkers are asked to be considerate of golfers and keep an eye out for stray golf balls. The track then follows the river for most of its length, passing through some attractive native trees.
A feature of the walk is the boardwalk section which provides an opportunity to pass through the interior of a mature mangrove forest, an area which is usually inaccessible. The mangrove is a remarkable tree because of its ability to live in salt water.
Visitors to the Bay of Islands put Pompallier on their "must see" list.
Pompallier, is the sole surviving building of the French Catholic mission headquarters to the Western Pacific. Not only a witness to "The Birth of the Nation", Pompallier is also a uniquely French Provincial building that stands as witness to wider French influences in New Zealand and the Pacific.
As a visitor you will receive unique hands-on experiences in the working mission factory and hear the stories of the peoples who worked and lived through fascinating times of Treaty-making and subsequent war.
Rainbow Falls Walkway
This short walk, starting at the Rainbow Falls carpark, is accessible by wheelchair.
Puriri, totara, karaka, and manuka shelter the path to three stunning viewing platforms at the top of the Rainbow Falls. The third platform is at the head of an historic weir that supplied the first electrical power to the early Kerikeri township. Remnants of the Kerikeri hydro-electric station and weir are still visible and an information panel is situated at the rest area.
The Te Araroa Trail joins the Kerikeri River Track at this point and carries on down the hill towards the Kerikeri Basin.
You can stroll along the riverbank to the spectacular Rainbow Falls, where the water tumbles into a popular swimming hole surrounded by native bush. You may hear tui call, and see fantails flitting about while you walk. The falls are also a popular destination for kayakers to explore.
Stone Store Mission House
The Kerikeri Mission Station is home to New Zealand oldest standing European buildings: the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission House (Kemp House). The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building, was built in 1832-36. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the Store was meant to house New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. When the wheat failed the building was mainly leased as a kauri gum trading store. It then passed into Kemp family ownership, and from 1929 onwards was used mainly as a general store. Bought by the Trust in 1976, the building has undergone extensive conservation work.
The Stone Store is of national and international significance as the oldest surviving commercial building in New Zealand, demonstrating the early stages of the country's connection with international trade. It is the oldest remaining building linked with the import of goods from overseas, the storage of produce grown in New Zealand and the bartering of goods with Maori. It is associated with the Church Missionary Society as an an integral part of the organisation's supply network and the Mission Station itself was the second founded by the CMS in this country. The building is nationally significant as the earliest intact building in New Zealand to demonstrate colonial adaptation to the use of local stone.
The building contains artefacts and displays of its history, and true to its origins, still sells a range of heritage-related merchandise relecting its earlier days as a trading post and general store.
Christ Church, Russell / Te Whare Karakia o Kororareka is New Zealand’s oldest existing church and possibly the oldest building still used for its original purpose.
Its beginnings go back to the earliest years of Maori European contact in the Bay of Islands when missionaries from across the harbour at the Paihia mission station rowed across to take services in private homes. You can find out more of its history, by clicking on the ‘History’ tab.
From 1998 local people have taken over the role of a visiting priest, forming a Local Shared Ministry team that encourages the ministry of all.
We celebrate our taonga, our treasure at the heart of the Russell community.
Services every Sunday at 10.30am.
Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai. We offer a warm welcome to all.
Haruru Falls Take away and Bakery is the perfect place to grab a Cheese Burger, or after viewing the Haruru Falls, stopping to have a coffee and a slice of cheesecake. Open for lunch and dinners, this is a yummy diner to stop and grab a bite to eat.