• About Us

Tipuna Tours

Wherever you will travel in NZ the indigenous Māori people will always identify themselves by a mountain, a river and their people. This is known as a pepeha and ultimately helps us connect with each other.

Ko Titirangi te maunga

Ko Uawa te awa

Ko Te Aitanga a Hauiti te iwi

Titirangi is the mountain

Uawa is the river

Te Aitanga a Hauiti is the iwi


My name is Hana Sky Walker and I am the creative director of Tipuna Tours. I come from a family that values our culture, language and identity very much. Tipuna translated in Māori means ancestor. Growing up in Uawa – Tolaga Bay, my siblings and I were exposed to so many rich and magical learning experiences throughout the East Coast.

We rose with the first the rays of the sun in the world and spent our days between the marae, the ebbing tides and rolling hillsides. At night our dad would tuck us in with the stories of our tribal ancestors. Stories of love, laughter, drama and mystery. The stories that continue to inspire us at Tipuna Tours today, to share with all the special guests that come to us.

Tipuna Tours was established in 2007 by local iwi member, sociologist (and my aunty) Anne Iranui McGuire. Tipuna Tours won a Westpac Māori tourism award in 2008. The venture was started as an opportunity to tell the ancestral oral histories from my iwi (tribe) Te Aitanga Hauiti and the wider Uawa /Tairāwhiti area.

In 2018 I was very fortunate that Aunty Anne in her retirement offered me the opportunity to take over the tours as the new Director. Tipuna Tours is now an iwi owned tourism operator with a focus on sustainability and eco-tourism. Throughout the years I watched Aunty Anne, my parents, uncles and aunties share our tribal stories about our place with visitors from near and far. I’d like to think that the enthusiasm and passion that we have at Tipuna Tours comes from them and will remain for years to come.

In our spare time, you will catch me up the hill or in the rockpools down at the beach with my husband Liam and two little ones or out with friends wining and dining at some of our fine local hot spots. We look forward to welcoming you here!

  • 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!
Kaiaua Beach - My Homelands 🌊🦐🌄👌