Waking up on Wednesday, we headed back on the Ferry and over past Pahia to visit Waitangi. This is a historic site and is known as the birthplace of New Zealand. It is where the settlers and missionaries first landed in New Zealand, followed by the big bad government representatives. This is where the Treaty of Waitaingi was signed between the Crown and the tribes. To this day it is a very controversial treaty as it read differently in English than it did in Maori - you can imagine the differences.
We toured the grounds and then were treated to a culturual concert in the Marae. Singing and dancing and a display of war tools and moves. It was most excellent and entertaining. The boys purchased some bone necklaces in the shop in the fish-hook shape, symbolizing prosperity and friendship, and safe travels over waters.
After our visit there, we started our 4 hour trek back to Auckland.