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Time

3 Days

Highlights

Dive Tatapouri
Rere Rockslide
World-class wineries
Waka Voyagers
Gisborne Railbikes

Proximity

Exploring in and around Gisborne

Gisborne 6

Day 1: Dive Tatapouri, Tolaga Bay & Tokomaru Bay

Morning at Dive Tatapouri

Good Morning Gisborne! Your first day here and the East Coast is calling. From Gisborne, head up along State Highway 35 and make your way along the coastline to Dive Tatapouri for a Reef Ecology Tour that brings you face to face with wild stingrays in their natural marine environment. 

Afternoon in Tolaga Bay

As you wind your way further up along the coast (passing quaint villages and picturesque bays) you’ll come to beautiful Tolaga Bay. Walking the length of New Zealand’s longest wharf is a rite of passage for travellers so make sure you stroll along the iconic Tolaga Bay Wharf. Nearby is Cooks Cove Walkway if you want to visit the spot where in 1769 Captain James Cook anchored the HMS Endeavour to repair and restock the ship. 

Evening in Tokomaru

Dinner at Te Puka Tavern. Kick back and enjoy the million-dollar views with a delicious menu of fresh local favourites. Whether it’s fish n chips, the veggie burger or the East Coast Kahuna burger, you are in for a treat. 

Dive Tatapouri Eco Walk

Dive Tatapouri Eco Walk

Eco Tourism - Walk across the reef at low tide with our guides and interact with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other marine animals. Great activity for all ages. Our guides will provide information on the marine surroundings and local history.
Dive Tatapouri Eco Walk
Tolaga Bay Wharf

Tolaga Bay Wharf

A Category One Heritage NZ Site and one of the top 100 historic sites to visit in the country.

Highlights

Dive Tatapouri
Tolaga Bay
Tokomaru Bay

Proximity

57 min | 75.6km via SH35

Day 1: Dive Tatapouri, Tolaga Bay & Tokomaru Bay
surfing opt 2

Day 2: Morning surf, Rere Rockslide, Wine tasting

Morning Surf

Head down to the beach to find some waves. An East Coast sunrise means you are the first to see the sunrise in the world – this is after all the land of the first light. In Te Reo Māori, Tairāwhiti means the coast upon which the sun shines across the water. And this is a great morning to see just how much Tairāwhiti lives up to its name. Grab a big brekkie at the famous Café 35 in Tokomaru Bay because you have earned it!

Afternoon Rockslide + Waterfalls

Wind your way south and head for the hills. It may pay to keep your swim gear handy as you head inland to Rere Rockslide – the legendary 60-metre long natural rockslide to tick off your bucket list. Just make sure you bring a bodyboard (to go fast) or tyre tube (to go slow).

Go from rockslides to waterfalls and head back about 2 kms down the road to the beautiful Rere Falls - a sweet spot to grab a few snaps for the Gram on your way back to the city.

Evening Escapades

There’s no better way to top off the day than winding down at a winery. Pop by Bridge Estate – 120-year-old stables at a former vineyard that have been revamped into a unique spot to enjoy local wines, beers and ciders alongside hearty platters, delicious samosas and snacks.

New Wave Surf Lessons Gisborne

New Wave Surf Lessons Gisborne

Want to learn to surf in Gisborne? Gisborne has some of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand. Our coaches have excellent local knowledge to keep you safe and ensure you have a great surfing experience!
New Wave Surf Lessons Gisborne
Surfing with Sarah

Surfing with Sarah

We are a mobile Surf coaching business as we pick the most suitable spot to surf for the day depending on conditions and the ability levels of our guests.

Highlights

Sunrise surf
Rere Rockslide
Wine Tasting

Proximity

2 h | 138km via Sh35

Day 2: Morning surf, Rere Rockslide, Wine tasting
Waka hourua sized

Day 3: Waka Voyagers, Gisborne Railbikes, Dome Cinema

Some of the best coffee in Gisborne

Grab a bite and your favourite brew from Far East Coffee. Tucked away between the city centre and the beach in an industrial area, Far East Coffee is a popular hotspot that serves 100% Fair Trade and organic coffee roasted and tasty treats to tuck into.

Waka Voyagers

Over the bridge and down to the inner harbour, spend the rest of your morning with Waka Voyagers and discover the origins of Aotearoa in the heart of Tairāwhiti - where the first encounters between the Māori and European took place. 

Gisborne Railbikes

Gisborne Railbikes is kiwi ingenuity at its best. And if you haven’t experienced rail biking along old railway lines then it’s time to live a little. Bring a mate and hop on a standard railbike or e-bike for a totally unique tandem ride exploring the countryside and coastal lookouts as you cruise across tunnels and viaducts.

Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti

Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti

Experience our waka on the ocean - join us on board the Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’, (Māori replica double hull canoe), for an experience like no other.
Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti
Gisborne Rail Bikes

Gisborne Rail Bikes

Experience an amazing new cycling adventure on the very scenic 90 kilometres of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa.

Highlights

The best coffee in town
Waka Voyagers
Gisborne Railbikes

Proximity

8 mins | 6.3km via SH35

Day 3: Waka Voyagers, Gisborne Railbikes, Dome Cinema
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