TAIRWHITI Gisborne is a region ideal for clients looking to travel off the beaten track, delve into Maori culture, taste local, food and explore surf beaches.

Located on the east coast of the North Island, the region is accessible by up to five daily flights from Auckland or Wellington.

A highlight is Maunga Hikurangi, which is regarded as the first place in the world to see the sun rise and is steeped in legend and cultural significance.

Marine lovers can opt for Dive Tatpouri’s Reef Ecology Tour to interact with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef creatures while listening to stories of local history and its Mori cultural links to the majestic whai (stingrays).

Active travellers can embark on a new cycling adventure along 90km of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa.

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