Waitangi Treaty Grounds and a Maori Cultural Show

The new Maori Cultural Show at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds is amazing.  Today is the perfect day to share my photos of our visit last week, as it is Waitangi Day in New Zealand, a holiday commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

First a Greeting and Welcome to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds:

women in maori culture show

Waitangi Treaty Grounds New Zealand

Then we entered the marae (meeting house) for the cultural show:

living tiki   Maori cultural show

Finally, a photo opportunity.  This is my niece, hubby and myself with a Maori warrior inside the marae at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds:

Waitangi Treaty Grounds New Zealand

All photos ©Rhonda Albom 2013

**A Northern New Zealand Travel Tip: If you are traveling in Northern New Zealand and heading to the Bay of Islands, I highly recommend a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds which includes both the tour and the cultural show.

A bit of the history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds

(for those who want a few words):
The Treaty of Waitangi was initially signed on 6 Feb, 1840 by the British and the Maori Chiefs at Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Simplified, the treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British subjects. Still today there are on-going debates as to what was agreed upon as there are differences between the English version and the Māori translation of the Treaty.

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About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. That looks like a really exciting trip!
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  2. I love those photos. What a great event to witness.
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  3. Interesting photos Rhonda I like seeing their rituals hope you enjoyed it

    Have a fantabulous week ;-)
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  4. How fun.

    Have a terrific day. ☺
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  5. Great shots! Thanks for hosting. Stop by and link up with me if you have time at NanaHood.com

    Have a great week!
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  6. Very cool!! Wow!

  7. Definitely looks like an entertaining show. Great pics!
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  8. Reminds me of the all blacks hacka – what a great trip!
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  9. That looks like an interesting show, but some of those men scare me lol.
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  10. I’m so asking my hb to let me tag along to NZ on his next business trip there..so cool to be able to witness such a performance.
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  11. Your daughters can’t be too pleased that they’re missing out on all the fun!
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  12. very interesting! thanks for sharing more about their culture
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  13. That looks like a very fun trip. I love the photos!

  14. OMG that looks like so much fun!!! I laughed at the crazy looking man!
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  15. Wow…this is really interesting and looks like so much fun! Thanks for hosting and Happy WW! :-)
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  16. So interesting! This is an event I’ve never heard of before today :)

    Happy WW!

  17. Good thing hubby didn’t see what you were doing with your left hand. Tee hee.
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  18. This is very cool! I really like how they use “real” people not just “model” specimens the way we do in the USA!!

  19. How neat!
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  20. What a great place to visit, and a cool experience! Great photos!
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  21. Very interesting! Love the photos!

  22. Nice shots! i’m sure your family get enjoyed! :)

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  23. I would so love to visit there! Amazing Photos! Before I head out there, I can now email you questions of cool places to visit!

    Thanks for the linky, I linked up (and on time too, I’m feeling particularly organized today!)

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  24. That looks like an amazing show!!

  25. I love this! I wish I could travel to New Zealand! Some of the looks on the warriors faces are hilarious! Thank you for sharing!
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  26. Happy Wordless Wednesday.
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    hope to see you around.
    Have a great Wednesday.
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  27. Wonderful! I love learning about the Maori. Thank you also for hosting a link-up. :)
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  28. Those half-naked men have such personality.
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  29. I’ve never seen anything like that, very cool!
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  30. Really interesting! Thanks for sharing this nice content;)
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  31. Oh, I would love to visit New Zealand someday. Thanks for sharing.
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  32. I think Joyce might be right about your left hand. Your niece is so lucky to have you for a tour guide Rhonda!
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  33. Gracias.

  34. Yes, it was fun.

  35. I like your choice of descriptive words :strong and deliberate motions and cries :)

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