Discover, experience and enjoy the places that have shaped our nation and created our stories.


The Tohu Whenua programme combines culture and heritage with beautiful natural settings.

It helps tell the tales of New Zealand’s past and connects visitors in a tangible way to our unique stories and places. 

The programme is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, DOC and Heritage New Zealand.



Māngungu Mission, site of the third and largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (photo by Grant Sheehan) and Ken Gillespie promoting Hayes Engineering Works (photo by Claudia Babirat).

Northland is home to many significant sites that helped shape our nation, and was the first region to become part of the Tohu Whenua programme.

Tohu Whenua was firstly extended into the Otago region, then the West Coast in December 2018.

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