A stronghold for Māori and the first place to see the new day, Eastland is less explored and less well-known, but well worth the journey.
Embark on 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. Renowned for being the first mainland place in the world to see the sunrise and is the highest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island.
Just outside Gisborne is New Zealand’s first naturally made water slide which offers 60 metres of pure adrenaline. Soak up the beauty of the Wharekopae River as you slide down, before trying it again and again. Perfect for capable swimmers and best experienced with an inflatable device of your choice, check water quality updates before going here.
Home to some of the best surfing spots in New Zealand, Gisborne receives swells from south, east, and southwest; perfect for your next surfing getaway. Waikanae, and Midway are great for beginners, cruisers or learners with lessons available nearby while, up the coast, Wainui and Makorori welcome surfers of all levels with their consistent waves throughout the year.
Discover Tangaroa (the god of the sea) and its children with the team at Dive Tatapouri. Situated on the waterfront 10 minutes from Gisborne, Dive Tatapouri is the perfect place to unwind while soaking up the local culture, history and unique marine surroundings. The interactive Reef Ecology Tour is famous for its wild stingray encounter, a sure way to make your holiday a little more special.
Eager to explore Eastland by bike? Motu Trails have got an array of options for you to enjoy your next Eastern getaway. Whether you want an easy bike ride with family or friends, a backcountry mountain bike, or a multi-day bike-packing journey between Whakatane, Opotiki and Gisborne, you will find it here with trails suitablefor all levels, at any time of the year.
Spend the day enjoying epic stories of the region’s rich voyaging history and Māori ancestors without leaving the harbour! Waka Voyagers offer both sailing, and a cultural experience as well as group charters. Climb on board their Waka Hourua (historic canoe) be captivated by the traditional Māori welcome, and get your chance to be in control of the “hoe” steering paddle.
Pull up a tent, or stay in a lakeside chalet at Lake Waikaremoana, in the stunning Te Urewera National Park. Just an hour drive from Wairoa, tranquil Lake Waikaremoana encourages you to take time to connect and get in touch with nature. Explore the many walks through native forest, enjoy boating, fishing, and kayaking - making the most of New Zealand wilderness.
Stretching 660 metres into the water, Tolaga Bay Wharf is the best place to take in the sea views Eastland has to offer. Just a 30 minute walk or bike ride along the pier, it’s no wonder this is the longest, and most historic wharf in the country. Stroll along the wharf, or race until the end, Tolaga Bay is an adventurer’s playground.
Gisborne takes the title of “the unofficial chardonnay capital of New Zealand” and features many wineries, high sunshine hours and a relaxed lifestyle that never fails to impress visitors. Enjoy an extensive range of Gisborne wines while further enjoying great views. A few local super-stars include; Matawhero, Millton, Longbush and Huntaway.