Location & hours
Admission is free
Open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday
Closed on public holidays
National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
04 470 4541
What you'll see
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.
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.
Guided experiences and groups
You’re always welcome to visit He Tohu, but you can also book a free group guided experience with our specialist staff.
Free guided experience every day
Join in on a guided experience and learn more about New Zealand’s histories, the journeys these documents have taken, and what they mean for us now.
Every day at 12.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Meet on the ground floor, by the waka at reception. The experience will last for about 30 minutes.
Space is limited, so get in quick! If you’re coming from out of town, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 04 470 4541 ahead of time and we can hold a spot for you.
Bring a group
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 also welcome enquiries for Māori, iwi, and hapū tours. Get in touch and we’ll discuss your needs.
Email us on email@example.com or phone 04 470 4541 and tell us:
- when you’d like to visit
- your group’s interests and what you want to learn.
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.
We have free lockers you can use to store your things while you’re here.
We also have accessible toilets.
A wheelchair is available on request.
The Library has free wifi throughout the building. Just ask if you’d like to use it!
Browse the interesting items available in our retail space.
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.