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Time

3 Days
150 km

Highlights

Sacred mountain sunrise
Wild stingrays at Dive Tatapouri
Tupapa Heritage Trail
Tairāwhiti Museum
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Proximity

Beginning in Ruatoria, continue south on SH35 via Maunga Hikurangi and the coast

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Day 1 - Sacred Maunga Hikurangi

Sunrise atop Maunga Hikurangi

Stand atop our sacred maunga to welcome in the dawn with the people of Ngāti Porou. The highest peak within the Tairāwhiti Gisborne region, Maunga Hikurangi is the first place in the world to welcome the new dawn each day. You'll meet your guide in Ruatoria before ascending the mountain via 4WD vehicle before soaking in the first rays of the sun while learning about Māori gods and legends and the mountain’s significance in New Zealand history.

Finishing mid-morning, take your time and make your way back down the coast towards Gisborne. 

 

Maunga Hikurangi

Maunga Hikurangi is the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and the first place in the world to see the sunrise. Gain access to our sacred maunga and sacred sites to obtain a unique authentic Maori cultural experience and sunrise.
Maunga Hikurangi

Highlights

Maunga Hikurangi sunrise

Proximity

1 h 56 min | 129km via SH35

Day 1 - Sacred Maunga Hikurangi
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Day 2 - Wild stingray encounters and Tupapa Heritage Trail

Dive Tatapouri

New Zealand's most unique marine experience, join Dive Tatapouri's Reef Ecology Tour and interact with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers at low tide just 15 minutes from Gisborne. 

Tupapa Heritage Trail

In the afternoon, head along the shores of Tairāwhiti to experience the history of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne come to life with your own eyes and at your own pace along the Tupapa heritage trail. The world class app delivers a seamless and in-depth experience of the rich stories of tangata whenua (indigenous peoples) and allow you to gain comprehensive insight of the region's unique culture and history.

Dive Tatapouri Reef Ecology Tour with Wild Stingrays

The Reef Ecology tour allows you the opportunity to walk out at low tide under the guidance of our guides to observe and interact with the Stingrays, Eagle Rays and other marine dwellers of Tatapouri. A must-do activity for anyone visiting Gisborne.
Dive Tatapouri Reef Ecology Tour with Wild Stingrays

Highlights

Dive Tatapouri
Tupapa Heritage Trail

Proximity

13 min | 13.4km via SH35

Day 2 - Wild stingray encounters and Tupapa Heritage Trail
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Day 3 - Discover our region's treasures

Tairāwhiti Museum

Discover our region's most sacred treasures when you spend a relaxing morning at Tairāwhiti Museum. From Tāonga Māori that includes Māori textiles, worked stone, carvings and weapons to fine arts and photography, the museum offers fascinating insights into the rich history and culture of the region. 

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

New Zealand's National Arboretum, Eastwoodhill encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. From towering Redwoods to colourful Japanese Maples, this is the ultimate place to bring a picnic lunch and relax amidst the beauty of mother nature. 

Tairāwhiti Museum

One of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, has over 131 ha of incredible exotic and native trees and shrubs, beautiful in any season, 25km of walking and hiking trails for all fitness levels, and a children's playground and accommodation.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Highlights

Tairāwhiti Museum
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Proximity

32 min | 35km via Wharekopae Rd

Day 3 - Discover our region's treasures
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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 as you travel throughout the region.

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 at the moment. 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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