• Māori Culture Tour

    Experience the rich culture with a local guide

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The Māori Culture tour

Experience a 3.5 hour authentic Māori Culture tour spanning from Tairāwhiti Gisborne to Uawa – Tolaga Bay and retrace the pivotal moments of first encounters between Māori and European in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Visit a traditional Māori Courtyard (Marae) and unravel the customs and culture of the Tangata Whenua (indigenous people of the land).

Enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Tolaga Bay wharf – New Zealand’s longest wharf at 660 metres long and stroll along the beautiful bay before your return to Gisborne.


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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
  • Visit authentic Māori Courtyard (Marae)
  • Experience traditional Māori welcome and ceremony
  • Guided tour of marae with local iwi including storytelling
  • Tour of historic Tolaga Bay wharf with impressive views of the bay
  • 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


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!

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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.
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