New Zealand Maori Culture Tours & Maori History
NZ Online guide to New Zealand Maori culture shows and Maori village tours.
Maori waka (canoe) tours, traditional Maori hangi (feast), guided marae visits, Maori haka performances, Maori art and traditions.
Maori History in New Zealand
While New Zealand is a relatively young country, it has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage.
Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.
A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.
Treaty of Waitangi
The Treaty of Waitangi is considered the founding document of New Zealand as a nation. It was first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Maori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand. The Treaty established a British Governor of New Zealand and recognised Maori ownership of their lands and other properties, and gave the Maori the rights of British subjects. Today, the date of the signing has been celebrated as a national holiday and is now called Waitangi Day.