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Large numbers expected at Cape Reinga for Treaty signing


Traffic will be heavy on State Highway 1 to Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua) in Northland at the end of this week when a large number of people visit the site for a ceremony to celebrate a Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

The Far North iwi, Ngati Kuri, will sign their deed of settlement for historic Treaty claims on Friday (7 February). Cape Reinga remains open for all visitors, but the overflow carpark at the site will be used for the signing and it will be closed from 3pm on Thursday (Waitangi Day) until 10am on Saturday (8 February).

“This is a very significant and special day for Ngati Kuri and there is likely to be a large number of people at the celebration.  Together with Waitangi Day and weekend visitors to the Cape itself, traffic will be heavy on this final section of State Highway 1,” says the NZ Transport Agency’s Journey Manager for Northland, Jacqui Hori-Hoult.  “People should allow more time for their journey north to the Cape - SH1 will be busy with tour buses, camper vans and cars.”   

A free alternative carpark is available at Te Werahi just before Cape Reinga. Ngati Kuri will provide a free shuttlebus service between the carpark and Cape Reinga for both guests to the iwi’s Treaty settlement signing and for visitors to the Cape itself.

For more information please contact:

Ewart Barnsley
Auckland/Northland Media Manager
NZ Transport Agency

T: 09 928 8720
M: 027 213 7616