Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is a very special time for Okains Bay Museum, mana whenua, visitors and dignitaries who gather together to commemorate our bicultural history.

Waitangi Day has been commemorated at the Museum since 1977 and it is the longest-running in Te Wai Pounamu South Island.

The day begins with a pōwhiri attended by the Governor General’s representative and local dignitaries. Families gather for a full day of craft workshops, heritage displays, children’s entertainment, family races, and hangi. One of the highlights of the day is the appearance of Kōtukumairangi paddling up the Ōpara Stream to the tauranga waka (landing area).