COVID-19 — He Tohu is open under the Orange COVID-19 traffic light setting, with safety measures in place. Self-guided tours are available. Our guided tours are not operating. Read more about visiting us during COVID-19
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Visit He Tohu

He Tohu location and hours

Admission is free

9am to 5pm — Monday to Friday
9am to 1pm — Saturday
Closed on public holidays.

National Library Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets

Email —

Phone — 04 470 4541

Come and see the original Treaty of Waitangi

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. The documents are:

  • 1835 He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand
  • 1840 Te Tiriti o Waitangi – Treaty of Waitangi
  • 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition – Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.

Guided experiences and groups

Join a free tour, take an audio tour or contact us to organise a guided experience and learn more about New Zealand’s histories, the journeys these documents have taken, and what they mean for us now.

School tours

Book a class visit to He Tohu in Wellington or Auckland to experience the history and significance of He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition.

Book a class visit — He Tohu Wellington
Book a class visit — He Tohu Tāmaki (Auckland) school programmes
Apply for the He Tohu Travel Fund for Schools

Arrange a group tour

Got a group of up to 20 who want to see He Tohu, or check out more of the Library?

Contact us and we’ll craft a special guided experience perfect for your group. If your group is larger or have special needs, contact us first so that we can understand how best to accommodate you. We welcome enquiries for Māori, iwi, and hapū tours.

Get in touch and to discuss your needs.

Email us at or phone 04 470 4541 and tell us:

  • when you’d like to visit
  • your group’s interests and what you want to learn.

Join a free guided tour

Join one of our short guided experiences for an introduction to the exhibition and to the documents.

If you’re visiting from out of town and want to join one of our guided tours, contact us ahead of time and we’ll hold a spot for you.

Tours run:

  • 12.30pm to 1pm, Monday to Friday
  • 11am to 11:30am on Saturday
  • audio tours available.

Meet on the ground floor, by the waka at reception.

Space is limited, so get in quick!

Email us at or phone 04 470 4541.

Audio and sign language tour

Take a self guided tour and explore He Tohu in one of seven languages: English, Te Reo Māori, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, French, German and NZ Sign Language.

Getting here

Getting here is easy. If you’re driving, there’s pay and display parking on streets around the Library, including 2 dedicated accessible parks on Molesworth Street.

If you’re cycling, there’s bicycle parking stands on Aitken St.

Pay and display parking all around the Library

MetLink bus and train timetables

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He Tohu is fully wheelchair accessible. Come in on Aitken Street and take the lift to the ground floor. Our staff are ready if you’d like a hand with anything.

Download an accessibility map of He Tohu (pdf, 836KB)


Facilites include:

  • a cloakroom and free lockers you can use to store your things while you’re here
  • accessible toilets
  • a wheelchair is available on request
  • free wifi throughout the building
  • interesting items available for purchase in our shop.

Take a break (and get a coffee) at HOME cafe

Bags and large items

You will need to check large items into the cloakroom or put them in a locker before you visit He Tohu. This includes bags and handbags that are larger than small to medium sized backpacks.

Nearby places to visit

Carry on your experience at He Tohu by visiting some of the other places that make Aotearoa New Zealand run and tell our stories.

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