Spotlight on Tairāwhiti Gisborne

This month the spotlight is on Tairāwhiti Gisborne; a region perfect for those clients who like to travel off the beaten track and have a strong interest in Māori culture, local food, wine and surf beaches.

Wainui Beach

How to get there:

By air: Tairāwhiti Gisborne is located on the East Coast of the North Island. Air New Zealand offer up to five flights a day from Auckland (1 hour) or Wellington (1 hour) into Gisborne Airport, from there it’s a five-minute drive from the CBD.
By road: Tairāwhiti Gisborne is located on State Highway 35 and is part of the Pacific Coast Highway touring route. It’s also signposted along the entire route, giving a safe and easy way to navigate through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer.

Driving times via road


3 h 45 m


3 h 30 m


3 h


6 h


7 h 30 m


Reasons to visit

From historic sites to world-class wine, food and festivals, Tairāwhiti Gisborne has plenty of reasons to visit. Here is a quick look at some of the trade-ready options available in the region:

Maunga Hikurangi
Regarded as the first place in to the world to see the sun rise, Maunga Hikurangi is steeped in legend and cultural significance for Ngāti Porou people, and is home of ancestral carvings ‘Māui Whakairo’. Maunga Hikurangi offers a day and sunrise tour, and is the perfect choice for visitors looking for a deeply personal, cultural experience.
Waka Voyagers Tairāwhiti
Climb aboard the Waka Hourua ‘Tairawhiti’ to hear stories of the region’s voyaging history and its Māori ancestors. For those clients who want a more hands on experience, opt to “buddy up” with crew members to learn traditional sailing and wayfinding skills out in the bay.
Dive Tatapouri
Dive Tatpouri’s Reef Ecology Tour is famous in New Zealand and abroad. Interact with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef creatures while listening to stories of local history and its Māori cultural links to the majestic whai (stingrays).
Cycle Gisborne
For more active clients who are interested in customised experiences, Cycle Gisborne is Tairāwhiti’s go-to for anything on two wheels. They offer a number of set day and multi-day walking and cycling tours or can customise trips so they are tailored to your clients interests.
The Gisborne Railbike Adventure
Experience an amazing new cycling adventure along 90 kilometres of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa. Tandem cycles allow your clients to pedal side by side along the actual rails. No balancing or steering required, just relax and take in the spectacular east coast scenery.