Tohu Whenua Northland

All of us can discover, experience and enjoy the fascinating stories of Northland’s Tohu Whenua.

The earliest encounters between Māori and Pākehā happened at places like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kororipo Heritage Park and Rangihoua Heritage Park. From the tension and triumphs sparked by two cultures coming together, today’s New Zealand was born.

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Clendon House

Home of an enterprising family

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Kororipo Heritage Park

A meeting place of cultures

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Māngungu Mission

The largest Treaty of Waitangi signing

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Pompallier Mission and Printery

Pompallier Mission and Printery is New Zealand’s only surviving pioneer printery and tannery.


Rakaumangamanga - Cape Brett

At Rakaumangamanga – Cape Brett you can enjoy a place of outstanding scenic beauty. This stunning coast is steeped in history and has long been a welcoming point of arrival, from early waka to the first seaplanes.


Rangihoua Heritage Park

At Rangihoua Heritage Park you can explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s first planned European settlement, a place where Māori and Europeans learned to live side by side.


Ruapekapeka Pā

At Ruapekapeka Pā you can explore the site of the last battle of the Northern Wars, which were fought between northern Māori and British colonial forces in 1845-1846.

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Te Waimate Mission

Here at Te Waimate you will find the remains of a model English village built close to many Māori settlements by missionaries.

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The nation we know today as Aotearoa New Zealand was born at Waitangi. This is our country’s single most important historical site – an essential destination for any visitor to New Zealand.