Sacred mountain sunrise
Wild stingrays at Dive Tatapouri
Regional treasures at Tairāwhiti Museum
From Ruatoria, continue south on SH35 via Maunga Hikurangi and the coast
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 sunrise
1 h 56 min | 129km via SH35
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.
In the afternoon, head to Gisborne Port to board a traditional Māori Waka Hourua. Journey back in time to when Māori voyagers ruled the sea and learn first-hand ancient navigation practices that involved the movement of the sun, moon, stars, waves, winds, clouds and birds.
13 min | 13.4km via SH35
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.
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.
32 min | 35km via Wharekopae Rd