A stronghold for Māori and a natural wonderland, Tairawhiti is less explored and less well-known, but well worth the journey.

Mount Hikurangi, Tairawhiti

The first point on the New Zealand mainland to see the sun.

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 Māori carvings at Mount Hikurangi. Along the way you'll learn about the demigod Māui who fished up the North Island.
  • Make an appointment to visit picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. The interior of the wharenui (meeting house) is almost completely covered in fine ancestor carvings and geometric tukutuku (woven panels).
  • Admire Tikitiki Church - one of the most ornate Māori churches ever built. Even the stained glass utilises Maori design.
  • Take a Māori cultural tour to learn about the people of the East Coast.

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Surfing lesson, Tairawhiti

Whether you're a beginner or experienced, the coastline around Gisborne is known for its clean, reliable surf.

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 enjoy the stingray encounter with Dive Tatapouri(opens in new window).
  • Go surfing or body surfing. A local surf guide can take you to the perfect breaks.
  • Head to the Motu Trails - ride the 44km Pakihi Track on a mountain bike.
  • Catch a fishing charter and experience the great ocean fishing that Eastland is famous for.
  • Enjoy a slippery thrill at Rere Rock Slide, Gisborne's very own natural rock slide.
  • Go rafting on the Motu River - trips depart from Ōpōtiki.
  • Go hiking in Te Urewera, the largest native forest wilderness in the North Island. 

Bay of Plenty
Rere Falls, Bay of Plenty

Step off the beaten track and visit Rere Falls, 50 kilometres north of Gisborne.

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 Ōpōtiki 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.

Tolaga Bay Wharf, Tairawhiti

The longest wharf in the Southern Hemisphere, Tolaga Bay is a fantastic place to catch a fish.

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 Ngāti Porou).

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