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Time

3 Days
150 km

Highlights

Sacred mountain sunrise
Wild stingrays at Dive Tatapouri
Waka Voyagers
Regional treasures at Tairāwhiti Museum
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Proximity

From 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

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 Waka Voyagers

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. 

Waka Voyagers

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. 

Dive Tatapouri Reef Ecology Tour with Wild Stingrays

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
Waka Voyagers

Proximity

13 min | 13.4km via SH35

Day 2 - Wild stingray encounters and Waka Voyagers
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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

Tairāwhiti Museum

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

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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