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Cultural explorers are in for something special in Whatatutu & Matawai.

Learn about and discover the local ancestral history of Whatatutu at the traditional Māori pa site Te Āhuru Mowai Lloyd Whare where you can explore a traditional fortified village.

Just 45 minutes from central Gisborne, this small rural settlement is surrounded by pristine rivers and beautiful backcountry landscapes.

Matawai is secluded hill country and is the perfect base for a range of recreational activities in the great outdoors including hunting, fishing, hiking and cycling – in particular the epic Motu Trails, one of the twenty-three Great Rides that make up the New Zealand Cycle Trail.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Grid  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 Whatatutu & Matawai

Whatatutu & Matawai/Accommodation

Glen Lyon Farmstay Bed And Breakfast

Whatatutu & Matawai/Accommodation

Haurata High Country Retreat / Farm Walks

Whatatutu & Matawai/Attraction

Lake Waikaremoana

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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