With a wealth of NZ history that laps up on the shores of the Gisborne beaches to the length of the coast, this is a place steeped in significance which is just so fascinating to be part of. There is a cultural element to Gisborne that makes it a truly unique place to explore and an art culture that adds value to this Gisborne tour.

Tairawhiti Tours will collect you from your elected location and we will return you back at 2.30pm to your elected location, we know you will have had a very fun and eventful day.

There are two options for tours with this package:

Gisborne City & Culture

Complete with local guide from Te Unga Mai Trust, this tour explores the points of significance in Gisborne’s early history highlighting local Maori and commemorating their first encounters with Lieutenant James Cook and his crew of the Endeavour. The first formal meeting between NZ Maori and Cook happened here and the stories and locations of those first encounters form the basis of the tour. The day finishes with a guided tour through the Tairawhiti Museum which has a reputation as one of the best regional museums in New Zealand

Te Unga Mai - www.teungamai.co.nz
Te Ūnga Mai is a Charitable Trust formed by a diverse group of passionate people committed to creating innovative educational experiences. Our main focus is on heritage education, in particular focusing on the heritage landscapes of Tūranganui ā Kiwa and the Tairawhiti.

Tairawhiti Museum - www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz
The museum and art gallery has a reputation as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand.

Gisborne / Tairawhiti Coast & Culture

Local guide Anne McGuire, explores the track north that Captain Cook took as the Endeavour left Poverty Bay. The tour includes visiting the Uawa region, hearing stories of our maori heritage including the world famous Whale Rider and the significance of Cooks Cove. Visit Tolaga Bay Cashmere company, world renown for their gorgeous cashmere garments. The day finishes with a guided tour through the Tairawhiti Museum which has a reputation as one of the best in New Zealand.

Tipuna Tours - www.tipunatours.com
Anne McGuire, who runs Tipuna Tours is a sociologist who was born and brought up in Tolaga Bay which is about 53km north of Gisborne. She has a vast working knowledge of history - both Maori and European - and a deep understanding and passion for Maori culture

Tolaga Bay Cashmere - www.cashmere.co.nz
New Zealands premier Cashmere Company specialising in exquisite handcrafted production of 100 Cashmere garments for men and women

Tairawhiti Museum - www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz
The museum and art gallery has a reputation as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand.

Optional Art Studios

Stone Studio - www.stonestudio.co.nz
The Stone Studio NZ is one of the must do’s when visiting Gisborne, here you can view the carvers at work, and watch the creativity of art unfold.

Paul Nache Gallery - www.paulnache.com
PAULNACHE is one of Australasia’s foremost dealer galleries dedicated to exhibiting work by contemporary artists. Established in 2004, the gallery is located in an historic space overlooking the centre of Gisborne

Toihoukura Gallery - www.tairawhiti.ac.nz/about_us/maia_gallery
School of Maori Visual Art & Design , Tairawhiti Polytechnic, Gisborne

Optional

Cultural Performance - www.wakatoa.com
Waka Toa performs internationally and in Gisborne offering authentic Maori Culture Experiences, Tours and Performances enjoyed by all ages.

The picnic hamper is being provided by Black Pearl Catering, specialists in modern New Zealand cuisine and indigenous flavours.
www.blackpearlcuisine.co.nz