The Birthplace of New Zealand

With less than 3 weeks left in New Zealand, we’ve headed to the Bay of Islands at the top of the North Islands. Our first stop was the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. This is an important historical place because Maori and the local Europeans signed a treaty here  in 1840 over governance and land rights.

To celebrate their unity a meeting house for all Maori tribes was built. There are some beautiful carvings inside representing the various tribes around NZ.

 

The world’s largest canoe (or waka in Maori) is also found nearby. The 35 metre long Ngatokimatawhaorua  takes 80 paddlers to handle it safely. Made from the Kauri tree, that Noah is standing in, it’s extremely impressive.

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Mum and son round-the-world travellers.
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