However, Waitangi Day around New Zealand is a day to celebrate family and the culture of New Zealand.
Waitangi is not a big place, but it is the home of the Treaty House and Flagstaff, plus a wharenui - Maori meeting house.
Here's a quick video link from waitangi.org.nz that gives an overview if you want to get a mental picture.
Having an overseas visitor, as we did, is always a good reason to visit Waitangi on this day.
It was a blazingly hot day, we've had no proper rain for weeks here, but it makes for a great summer.
|Love the sun shade|
We watched the waka,(Maori canoes)
I got a video from my phone, wanting to catch the sounds for you, of the conch shells being blown and the calls as paddles are dipped. It isn't clear enough, but you get the idea.
This video bite of 3 seconds is the group preparing for the haka.
As well as entertainment on several stages, there were cultural groups, the NZ Navy band, markets with lots of NZ foods to try, like hangi and creamed paua, mussel fritters, flax ketes to buy.
All entertainment and buses were free. The buses are so that you can park a distance away and be ferried to and from your vehicle.
They had made a big effort to minimize waste, with much of it being biodegradable, and having volunteers manning the recycling stations to help people recycle everything correctly.
All in all, a fabulous day.