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Learn more about Maori culture
Eastland has many magical places to feed your soul and fill up your camera's memory card.
- Take a guided 4x4 or hiking tour to see the Maori carvings at Mount Hikurangi. Along the way you'll learn about the demigod Maui who fished up the North Island.
- Make an appointment to visit picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. The interior of the whare rununga (meeting house) is almost completely covered in fine ancestor carvings and geometric tukutuku (woven panels).
- Admire Tikitiki Church - one of the most ornate Maori churches ever built. Even the stained glass utilises Maori design.
- Take a Maori cultural tour to learn about the people of the East Coast.
Get ready for adventure
You can be daring in Eastland, where nature provides an adventurer's playground.
- Dive with sharks in a purpose built cage, and feed the stingrays with Dive Tatapouri.
- Go surfing or body surfing. A local surf guide can take you to the perfect breaks.
- Head to the Motu Trails - ride the 44 km Pakihi Track on a mountain bike.
- Catch a fishing charter and experience the great ocean fishing that Eastland is famous for.
- Saddle up and go horse trekking over farmland trails and along beaches.
- Enjoy a slippery thrill at Rere Rock Slide, Gisborne's very own natural rock slide.
- Go rafting on the Motu River - trips depart from Opotiki.
- Go pig or deer hunting in Te Urewera National Park, the largest native forest wilderness in the North Island. Permits are available from the Aniwaniwa Visitor Centre, and hiring a guide is strongly recommended.
Experience the serenity of nature
Expect to be ambushed by the beauty of nature everywhere you look.
- Walk behind a waterfall at Rere Falls.
- Find Titirangi Domain and Kaiti Hill for views over the Poverty Bay area.
- Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Nikau Pools at Morere Hot Springs, where there's native forest on all sides.
- Enjoy trout fishing, swimming, kayaking or walking around Lake Waikaremoana.
- Drive to Waioeka Scenic Reserve near Opotiki for bush scenery, canoeing and swimming.
- Gisborne is recognised as the 'Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand', and has plenty of excellent wineries for you to explore.
- If you're not sure where to begin, try the Gisborne Wine Centre; it has the most comprehensive range of Gisborne wines in the world, with tastings and gourmet nibbles to tempt you.
Biggest, largest and first
All over the region, you'll find special places that will live forever in your memory.
- Visit Tolaga Bay and walk down the longest pier in New Zealand (660 metres).
- Walk the 700 steps to the East Cape Lighthouse, the most easterly point of mainland New Zealand.
- Sit underneath the largest Pohutukawa in New Zealand at Te Araroa.
- Fish on the shortest river in New Zealand - Turanganui River in Gisborne city.
- Climb Mount Hikurangi, the first mainland place in the world to see the sunrise (prior consent required by Ngati Porou).