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Located in the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand in beautiful Tolaga Bay.

Tipuna Tours is a iwi (tribe) owned eco-tourism operator offering cultural and historic guided tours.

A region of great significance – to many, the East Coast is recognised as the birthplace of New Zealand, where the origins of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dual heritage began.

Journey with us and let our local guides share with you the defining moments of this welcoming place.

About Us

Established in 2007, Tipuna Tours is an iwi (tribe) owned, eco-tourism operation with sustainability at its heart.

Originally founded by Anne McGuire, Hana and Victor operate Tipuna Tours on behalf of the iwi at The Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence.

Hana and Victor are deeply passionate about sharing the stories of their iwi (tribe) and their whenua (land).

Welcoming manuhiri (guests) from all corners of the world, our bespoke tours are available to both small or large groups and can be crafted to your needs and interests – with the possibility of extending tours further afield to Tolaga Bay, Anaura Bay and Tokomaru Bay.

  • One of the best tours we did in New Zealand! Such a personal experience, we feel to privileged to have learnt so much about Hana and her family.

    Kathrine - Arizona, United States

  • Our family had an incredible time. Hana is so welcoming, and we loved hearing all about the history of the area. Definitely a must do if you are travelling to Gisborne.

    Debbie - Sydney, Australia

  • Thank you, Hana! We loved every minute of our tour with you.

    Anon - United Kingdom


As I’ve mentioned before, a huge part of eco tourism is doing our bit to look after papatuanuku (Mother Earth). So when other people leave stink packets of rotten bait, plastic waste, fishing lines and Paru socks. Yes socks! YOU PICK THEM UP. Proud to be part of a community that believes in sustainability and looking after our slice of paradise. #ecotourism #cleanupouroceans #tipunatours
Today was one of the best tours I’ve ever done. 4 Canadians and 1 Italian. Their friendliness, willingness to try new things and knowledge and interest about eco-systems, geology and wildlife was so refreshing! 
I just loved my day with them despite the immense tooth ache pain up the side of my face. But overall, this is one of those days where the company Makes it all worth it. 
Roberto, Bonnie, Lucy, Robert and Cara. Come back to Uawa any day!
Kiaora Everyone! 
Thanks so much for participating in this weeks fb & Instagram giveaway. As promised, the winners of the eco packs are:

Gloria Brown
Thanks again for entering! Congratulations to our winners, your packs will be in the mail this week :) Hana x
G I V E A W A Y - Because it’s Friday eve and we want to celebrate, we’re giving away 2 eco packs! We’ve teamed up with the awesome ladies at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre and we have some goodies to giveaway !
#Each pack includes:
-a handmade tote by @plastic_free_tairawhiti -2x bamboo toothbrushes
-1x 4pk stainless steel straws
-1x beeswax wrap
-Handmade soap from the bored beekeepers -1x Go Bamboo Dish Scrubber 
T O  E N T E R :
-Follow @tipunatours -Like this pic!
-Tag 3 friends in separate comments (or more is fine 👍
-Share this post to your story!

One comment = one entry ☝️ You can enter as many times as you like!

The winner will be selected and announced on Sunday night 23 Feb 2020 in our story!

#nztourism #nzmaoritourism #giveaway #ecogiveaway #gisbornenz
Cray fish for dinner... again!! 🤥 jokes! Blessed with an abundance of seafood. Grateful for my live-in diver. Just need some spiky gold hehe pushing it. #blessed #seafood #newzealand #aotearoa
Water. The essence of life. Water is everything.
Get that blood pumping with a guided hikoi (walk) up to Te Pourewa - The Beacon of Light in Uawa!

Take in the impressive views of the bay whilst hearing all about our local stories.

Come for a tiki tour with Tipuna Tours!
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