Nau mai, Tautī mai.
Join us at the Okains Bay Māori and Colonial Museum for a family day to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Highlights include a pōwhiri (traditional welcome), New Zealand citizenship ceremony, hāngī lunch, craft workshops by Rekindle, taonga puoro (Māori musical instruments), cocksfoot demonstration, working blacksmith, kids races, and the paddling of the Ngāi Tahu waka, Kōtukumairangi on the Ōpara River at 2pm.
View the Museum’s amazing collections and enjoy continuous demonstrations all day including spinning, bread baking in a traditional clay oven, master weavers, and print shop. Crafts, stalls, lolly scramble, sausage sizzle, espresso coffee, garden bar, cafeteria and more! The Waitangi Day commemorations at Okains Bay are the longest standing in Te Waipounamu (South Island) with 2020 being the 45th consecutive commemoration.
Please bring cash. No ATM available.
Gates open at 9:30am. Waka paddling at 2pm. Pōwhiri (traditional welcome) commences at 10:30am.