Rich in history, Tairāwhiti Gisborne played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins. It’s where the Māori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and Māori culture is evident in every settlement you see. There are carved meeting houses, beautifully painted Māori churches, and conversations in Te Reo (Māori Language). North of Wairoa and deep in the misty Te Urewera Ranges, descendants of the ‘Children of the Mist’, the ancient Tuhoe tribe, still live in harmony with the forest around the village of Ruatahuna. Te Urewera is the largest untouched native forest area remaining in the North Island. Find out more at tairawhitigisborne.co.nz

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Gisborne Domestic Airport

Accommodation Ahi Kaa

+64 6 8677107

Kia Ora and welcome to Accommodation Ahi Kaa, a quality Gisborne motel and bed and breakfast situated on the eastern most shores of this beautiful country, New Zealand. Be the first in the world to see the dawning of a new day from our enviable location just meters from Waikanae Beach. "Ahi Kaa" means to keep the home fires burning, and we hope to inspire you to return time and time again. Sustainability is a critical bottom line so most things are done with the environment in mind to ensure pristine beaches and coastlines are maintained.

A truly original New Zealand eco-experience. Come to Tatapouri Bay and meet the children of the Māori Sea God - Tangaroa. Walk the reef with our guides and interact with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers. Great family activity. For the more adventurous, snorkelling with the stingrays is mesmerising, with gear and guide included. Bookings are essential.

Maunga Hikurangi

+64 27 535 0011

Maunga Hikurangi is a Ngati Porou premium cultural experience operating on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Maunga Hikurangi offers a collection of unique, authentic cultural experiences in and around our highly sacred mountain, Maunga Hikurangi – one of the first places in the world to see the sunrise and a place steeped in legend and cultural significance for the Ngati Porou people. Our product offering caters to tourists looking for a deeply personal and connected cultural experience.  It appeals to an audience looking for something more than your average Maori cultural product. Maunga Hikurangi has been awarded a Gold Sustainability Tourism Business Award.

Tolaga Bay Inn

+64 6 862 6856

The Tolaga Bay Inn is your gateway to the East Coast and has been providing warm hospitality for over 130 years since 1881. As descendants of the coast we have a responsibility to restore and preserve our heritage for our next generations.  So we have created the Tolaga Bay Inn Charitable Trust to oversee the restoration of our historical Inn and help regenerate our community by fostering tourism and digital technology development.  We have an on-site café, bar, garden bar and upstairs accommodation for travellers. We are 10mins walk to the beach and have an information centre onsite to help with local advice and guidance.

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