Glaciers in New Zealand
Maori children
Northland, New Zealand
Queen Charlotte Sound
Routeburn Track
Boating in Taupo
Tongariro, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand History Introduction

Maori heritage, New Zealand history

While New Zealand is a relatively young country, it has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage.

Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings.

A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country we have become.

Treaty of Waitangi

An 1840 treaty between Maori and the British Crown is New Zealand's founding document. Today, the Treaty of Waitangi has a major impact on all New Zealanders...(more)

Immigration

Over a thousand years ago, Maori tribes migrated to New Zealand from their Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Since then, people have come from around the world to settle here...(more)

Early Settlement

Bravely voyaging across the Pacific from their ancestral homeland hundreds of years ago, Maori made New Zealand their home, becoming the tangata whenua—people of the land...(more)

Colonisation

Though a Dutchman was the first European to sight the land, it was the British who colonised New Zealand, leaving an indelible mark on the country and its people...(more)

DVD

These New Zealand DVDs take you on a personal journey into New Zealand, showing you the beauty, history and culture of our lovely country. Whether you have already visited New Zealand, plan on doing so, or are just interested in New Zealand, these DVDs are perfect for you, your family, and your friends...(more)

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NZ's finest custom-made travel experiences.

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Cross Cook Strait and enjoy Kiwi hospitality.