Up at 7am this morning so we could make our way down to the beach early to get a good spot for Waitangi Day.
For Non-New Zealanders - The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by the Native Chiefs and Tribes of New Zealand and the British Government in 1840. This peace treaty is celebrated every year on 6th February and the Maori Tribes sail their Waka's into the beach at Te Ti Bay. Afterwards, the crews perform the Haka.
There is much more to it than that but it is a public holiday and watched by large crowds. It is a very visual event so once again I'll let the pictures give a flavour of the day.