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Tour of Paihia & Entry to Waitangi

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Tour of Paihia & Entry to Waitangi - Culture North.

The beautiful Bay of Islands is home to many historic sites of interest and breathtaking scenery.

Join us in Paihia where our tour starts. Across the bay is the small town of Russell. Now a peaceful place, this was once known as the 'hell hole of the Pacific' where Maori and European traded in its open waters.

The tour also includes entry to Waitangi, Northland's most important site of historical significance where New Zealand's founding document; the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed by Maori chiefs and European representatives of the Crown.


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.