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History, heritage, arts, and culture

Then add into the mix a secluded cove and a legendary wharf – it’s all part of the allure of Uawa, also known as Tolaga Bay.

The historic Tolaga Bay wharf which opened in 1929 is New Zealand’s longest wharf and jets out 660 metres from the shore and takes about half an hour to walk to the end and back.

It’s a popular spot to fish and visitors can look forward to the legendary pizzas from the locally owned and family operated Broad Bills food trailer afterwards. Or if you’re headed back to town, there’s Aunty’s Café just along State Highway 35, full of character, friendly service and a tantalising menu.

Cooks Cove Walkway is another hidden gem in the area to explore as well as the eye-catching Te Pourewa (Beacon of Light) – a 12-metre tall sculpture that is a stunning and important symbol for the dual heritage and shared future of Aotearoa.

Waihau Beach also known as Loisels is approximately 42km from Gisborne city. Waihau Beach is a great place to go surfing, fishing, diving and swimming.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Grid  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike   


For activities, attractions and accommodation in Tolaga Bay & Waihau Beach

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Accommodation


Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Hospitality

Broad Bills Uawa

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Attraction

Te Pourewa

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Accommodation

Tidal Waters Loglodge

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Activities and Tours

Tipuna Tours

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Accommodation

Tolaga Bay Inn

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Attraction

Tolaga Bay Wharf

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Accommodation

Waihau Bay Holiday Park

Tolaga Bay & Waihau Bay/Accommodation

Waihau Bay Lodge

Tairawhiti Gisborne - First to see the light

New Zealand is currently operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), Tairāwhiti may look and feel different this summer season.

If you are planning to visit please do so responsibly by following the Tiaki Promise - respecting our people and place. 

Availability of visitor experiences across Tairāwhiti may be different this summer. Please take time to research and plan your journey in advance to ensure you have a great holiday in Te Tairāwhiti.

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