Activities and Attractions / Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Waka Voyagers 'Tairāwhiti'link

Seda Procter
+64 22 652 5658
+64 21 022 41537
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

We are all local people with a love & an in-depth knowledge of the region. We share with you the stories of our people, history & culture & ensure you have a truly memorable experience!

We offer epic stories of the region’s voyaging history & its Māori ancestors without leaving the harbour. Take a journey through time with our local storytellers while on board the waka.

Or enjoy learning traditional sailing & wayfinding skills out in the bay, either sit and enjoy at your own leisure, or learn to man the “hoe” -steering paddle, hoist the sails & tack!

Activities and Attractions / Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Cycle Gisbornelink

Katrina Duncan
+64 6 927 7021
+64 27 203 4387
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Mandarin, Japanese, Other

Discover spectacular scenery, breathe in fresh air and fall in love with the changing landscapes – all on a bike! Check out the unique vibe of the easternmost city in the world with a guided or a self-guided tour from Cycle Gisborne, or just hire a bike for a few hours and visit our beautiful beaches. Or go further afield and be set free on the Motu Trails.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne Winerieslink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is home to a mix of large producers, boutique wineries, and entrepreneurial growers, who are continuously exploring new varieties and vineyard sites.
Chardonnay is the dominant variety and enjoys great success, with the region known around the country and world as the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand. The Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc are world-class too.
The mix of high sunshine, verdant landscapes, fascinating history and the exciting range of wine styles makes Tairāwhiti Gisborne a beguiling wine destination.
The region is home to The First Light Wine and Food Festival and the Chardonnay Affair, attended by wine lovers from all over the country and the globe.

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Tolaga Bay Wharflink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

A Category One Heritage NZ Site and one of the top 100 historic sites to visit in the country, Tolaga Bay Wharf is believed to be the longest wharf of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, standing where Captain Cook sailed to meet the Te Aitanga a Hauiti tribe when the Endeavour first reached New Zealand.

Today the wharf is world-famous and reaches out into the blue Pacific for 660 metres, itself dwarfed by the massive cliffs of the nearby headland. It’s a rite of passage to walk the length of this historic pier. Camping ground at the wharf site and a safe, sandy beach for swimming, surfing and walking, and is an excellent place to catch a fish.

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East Cape Lighthouselink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Stand at the edge of the earth at the East Cape Lighthouse, a highlight of the State Highway 35 pilgrimage, as the most easterly point in New Zealand. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1900 on nearby East Island but in 1922 the was relocated to the main land. It was manned by three lighthouse keepers, then became fully automated in 1985, and is now controlled from Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington.
Accessed by 800 odd 'easy' steps it's a steep climb but really worth it once you get to the top for the spectacular views, and is stunning place to see the first light of the new day.

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Eastwoodhill Arboretumlink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Eastwoodhill is an arboretum of national and international importance. It holds the most comprehensive collection of woody plants in New Zealand and the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, including 170 species currently on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) world endangered list.
The arboretum displays over 4000 different taxa of trees, shrubs and climbers, gathered by the late Douglas Cook, the founder, and since augmented by the Eastwoodhill Trust Board.
Located 35 kilometres from Tairāwhiti Gisborne this unique forest and garden is set among 135 hectares of hills, valleys and ponds with a network of easy walking tracks.

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Rere Falls & Rere Rockslidelink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Rere Falls is where the Wharekopae River transforms from a slow moving body of water to an incredible cascade more than 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall. Located 45 minutes from Tairāwhiti Gisborne, the falls is a perfect swimming and picnic spot or just sit and experience the natural beauty of this place.

Down the road natural forces have conspired to create an epic and truly unique experience in the Tairāwhiti Gisborne countryside at Rere that attracts thousands of local and visiting thrill-seekers each summer. The Rere Rock Slide is 60 metres of sheer exhilaration as the waters of the Wharekopae River race down a giant slab of moss-covered sandstone into a naturally-formed freshwater pool.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne Surfinglink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tairāwhiti Gisborne has some of the most consistent surf in New Zealand. A strong swell passes our coast, moving from south-west to north-east, and there’s a steady sea breeze, creating many different types of breaks for new and expert surfers.

Popular surf breaks include Roberts Road/Waikanae, Gizzy Pipe/Midway, Sponge Bay,The Island, Wainui Beach, Pines/Okitu, and Makorori Beach.

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Maunga Hikurangi link

Monty Manuel
+64 22 383 5381
Free Independent Travelers

Maunga Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and the first place in the world to see the sunrise. Be transported from Ruatoria up the mountain to the famous whakairo, where Ngati Porou guides will tell the stories of the carvings which represent Maui and Ngati Porou descendants. Tours include an opportunity to give back to our environment and take part in a native regenerative project, receive a gift from Ngati Porou and enjoy local kai together with the other guests while enjoying the stunning scenery.

Experience Maori culture. Discover our history. Do it first.

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Dive Tatapouri link

Chris Savage
+64 6 868 5153
+64 27 4571876
Groups and Free Independent Travelers
Adventure Activity registered

Reef Ecology Tour - Our interactive reef tour is famous for its wild stingray feeding and is one of the most popular and unique things to do in Tairawhiti Gisborne, New Zealand. Walk onto the reef at low tide with our experienced guides and meet the children of Tangaroa (god of the sea). During your reef tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and interact with the stingrays, eagle rays and other fish life of Tatapouri Bay and even feed wild stingrays! You’ll also learn about local legends and gain an insight into the methods once used by Maori on the East Coast of NZ.
Bookings essential run around low tides daily and is weather an sea dependent
Suitable for all ages
Waders and guides provided