Waitangi is best known for being the location where the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed on February 6, 1840. It is also the place where the Declaration of Independence of New Zealand was signed five years prior, on October 28, 1835. This document was ratified by the British Crown the following year (1836).

So within the small area of Waitangi you will find a settlement of houses just between the bridge and Paihia where Ti Tii Marae is located on the waterfront. Just over the bridge is the Copthorne Hotel to your right and the boat ramp from where you can launch you boat out into the Bay of Islands.

The Waitangi River is beautiful and you can walk up the trail from here to Haruru Falls, or kayak up the river.

Within Waitangi you have the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi.

A few hundred metres up the road is Waitangi Golf Course - A stunning 18 hole golf course with fantastic sea views - where the sea meet the tee!

Situated just past the golf course is The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park which offers 30 trails of varying difficulty with great flow and features, from introductory downhill riding, jump trails, cross country and beginner trails.

If you are in the area around the 6th February for Waitangi Day Celebrations - they are well worth staying for.

The closest town to the Pou Herenga Tai - Twin Coast Cycle Trail is Opua and Kawakawa is not far away either.