• Guided historical tours 

    Discover the rich cultural history with a local guide

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Local History Tour

Our local history tour involves bi-cultural perspectives of the first encounters by Captain James Cook and his crew with local Tangata Whenua (people of the land) in 1769.

History and stories shared to explore the notion of Aotearoa New Zealand’s dual heritage (colonial and indigenous) and shared future.

Tour duration is approximately 5 hours and requires a moderate level of fitness.


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Tour Highlights

  • Guests collected from hotel accommodation in Gisborne
  • Guided tour begins in Gisborne continuing along State Highway 35
  • Enjoy a 45-minute scenic coastal drive to Uawa – Tolaga Bay
  • 45-minute hike over to the Cooks Cove Walkway
  • Visit landmark Te Pourewa (Carved Beacon of Light) and Cooks Cove Lookout
  • Journey on to Opoutama, take in the impressive views of the hole in the wall, the bay and visit Tupaias cave
  • Guests escorted back to Gisborne


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  • 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


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