Path to Nationhood, Northland

See history through new eyes: prepare to be shocked, amazed and amused!

Download any of the six free Path to Nationhood tours for Android (Google Play) and experience the heart and soul of early New Zealand’s Northland, where Māori and Pākehā first met, traded, philosophised, fought, loved – and established a nation like no other.

Northland app

Many people know the Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document – but how did it come about?

When Pākehā first arrived they found a dynamic Māori society that was very much a going concern – and loaded with opportunity.

Before long missionaries came, along with whalers, traders, vagabonds, soldiers, governors, land-grabbers, politicians, gentle-folk and the 'scum of the earth' – all of whom made their presence felt as they settled in the Bay of Islands and beyond.

The contact and interaction between Māori and this diverse group of people are part of the extraordinary journey that led to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in February 1840.

Explore these stories for yourself while enjoying Northland’s special historic places and stunning scenery.


On a Mission tour

Tours include:

  • Path to Nationhood
  • On a Mission
  • From the Sea
  • Coasting North
  • To the West
  • Twin Coast Discovery

Download your FREE tours here 

Android app on Google Play It's here on Google Play, - or search for Heritage Trails, Path to Nationhood, or Heritage New Zealand.