Tohu Whenua in Northland

Home to some of the earliest interactions between Māori and Pākeha, Northland Tohu Whenua – like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kororipo Heritage Park and Rangihoua Heritage Park – reflect the tensions and triumphs of two different cultures coming together, resulting in the birth of modern New Zealand.

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Compelling, engaging, moving – and located in some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand – Tohu Whenua take visitors on a journey through the stories and awe-inspiring places that continue to inspire us today. When we experience these places, we gain a deeper understanding of who we were, who we are, and who we will be in the future. 


The places

  • Clendon House - Home of an enterprising family 
  • Kororipo Heritage Park - The meeting place of cultures
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds - Our nation's birthplace
  • Māngungu Mission - The Treaty gains momentum 
  • Te Waimate Mission - New Zealand’s first European farm 
  • Pompallier Mission – Spreading the good word 
  • Rakaumangamanga Cape Brett - Guiding light 
  • Rangihoua Heritage Park - New Zealand’s first Christmas story 
  • Ruapekapeka Pā – The final battle.

Explore as many of Northland’s Tohu Whenua as you can to find the connections between the stories, land and people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Download this handy reference (pdf, 1.3mb) or visit www.northlandlandmarks.nz to plan your journey and learn more about the fascinating history you'll see along the way.