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Whether kids are in a classroom or not, there are always opportunities to learn. During school holidays families can combine a holiday to the Bay of Islands with an educational opportunity at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Kids can learn about Aotearoa New Zealand’s history through a range of educational and innovative experiences.
When you arrive, kids get to go on a scavenger hunt (discovery trail) that has a bunch of activities for them to complete throughout the treaty grounds. There are two museums to explore (Te Rau Aroha Museum and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. Each offers interactive exhibits that entertain kids while teaching them all about the history of the area, and New Zealand.
Te Rau Aroha tells the stories of Māori in New Zealand’s armed forces since 1840. Families will learn about key battles and the 28 Māori Battalion in World War II. A memorial to Māori service personnel from both World Wars is a part of this museum, as well as some beautiful artwork that represents Māori who have fought since 1840.
Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi features images, audio-visuals, touchscreens, and more to tell the story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi. Families will be able to learn the stories and see the taonga that enrich the history of Waitangi and Aotearoa New Zealand.
Take the family for a walk through The Treaty House to see the site where many important events occurred. Throughout the house, there is a range of exhibits to learn about each of the different events.
There is so much to experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, you may want to come back the next day to squeeze more in. A family pass costs $50 (kids are free) and is valid for two days. Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel is only a seven-minute bike ride, or a 20-minute walk, away from Waitangi Treaty Ground — we’re a perfect place to base your family to explore all the wonderful places Paihia and the Bay of Islands has to offer. Book directly through our website using the code WMR will give you a 10% discount off your stay. Book now