Landmarks Whenua Tohunga

The stories of Aoteraroa New Zealand weave together places and events, creating a rich tapestry. Northland is home to many of these stories. Rising up from our past, they tell us about ourselves, and help visitors to our country understand who we are.  All of us can discover, experience and enjoy the fascinating stories of Northland’s Landmarks Whenua Tohunga.

Landmarks Whenua Tohunga

Home to some of the earliest interactions between Māori and Pākeha, Northland Landmarks – 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.

Compelling, engaging, moving – and located in some of the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand – Landmarks / Whenua Tohunga 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. 

Explore as many of Northland’s Landmarks / Whenua Tohunga as you can to find the connections between the stories, land and people of Aotearoa New Zealand. Download this handy reference (pdf, 804kb) to use as a guide for your journey.

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 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.

Experience it!

Journey through the stories of Aotearoa New Zealand

Collect your Landmarks competition
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Collect your Landmarks

Here’s your chance to take part in the 'Collect your Landmarks' competition that celebrates these nine unique heritage and historic sites in the beautiful Northland region.

If you take a photo making a human X at any of the Landmarks sites in Northland and tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram (@landmarksnz and #LandmarksNZ, set your social media account to public) you will go into the draw to win a family break in Northland!  Included in the package is two nights' accommodation for two at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands (two children up to the age of 15 stay free), family passes to 'Discover the Bay' with Explore, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Heritage New Zealand’s Northland sites.

The competition runs from 1 March - 1 May 2017.  For more information on the competition’s terms and conditions, please visit