Walks and Reserves of Eastland

Gisborne Walks

Gisborne City Historic Walk 1-3 hours.  Enjoy a leisurely historic walk through Gisborne City taking in rivers, harbour and sea.  Take in the districts past, present and future.

Titirangi Domain / Kaiti Hill Provides great views of the city.  Hike up the walkways to make the most of Titirangi Recreational Reserve’s native trees, picnic areas, fitness trail.

Langford Fallon Reserve – Whataupoko Reserve Langford Fallon reserve is situated directly to the East of Fox Street and to the North East of Seddon Crescent.  This reserve is hilly with small gullies.  Old farm tracks exist on the reserve which are ideal for Mountain bikes, recreational walkers and runners.  The majority of the reserve is covered in exotic tree species.  Total area is 22.108 ha.  For further info see

Riverside Walkway A new pathway follows the banks of the Turanganui and Taruheru Rivers and is a lovely opportunity to view the inner city.

Te Kuri Farm Walkway 5.6km loop track of 2-3 hours to a highpoint overlooking Gisborne (290m).

Haurata High Country Walks Spectacular day walks comparable to Waikaremoana. Botanical treat with 5ha landscaped rhododendron garden. Simple stylish accommodation, large deck and hot hub. Makaretu Road, Matawai | P 06 8678452 | E | W

Photo courtesy of Haurata High Country Walks

Gray’s Bush Scenic Reserve Popular 12ha remnant of original kahikatea forest close to Gisborne.  10-20min loop tracks.

Waihirere Domain On back Ormond Rd.  A picnic area surrounded by native bush with a walk leading to Waihirere Waterfall.

Wainui – Makorori Headland A short but steep climb to a headland with views over two sweeping surf beaches.

Okitu Bush Scenic Reserve 2.6ha of scenic bush and a 20- 30 min track.  Adjacent to Wainui – Makorori Headland walkway. Gisborne to Opotiki (via Waiokea Gorge).

Otoko Walkway A 5km /2hr track following part of the disused Gisborne to Motouhora railway.

Whinray Scenic Reserve A 429 ha area of native forest running down to a spectacular set of water falls on the wild and scenic Motu River.  A 5km track runs through the reserve.

Waioeka/Urutawa A wide range of tracks and walks that can be accessed from the Waioeka Gorge and SH2.  Includes the Tauranga Track 2-3 hrs, Mangapumarumaru Track 4hrs to Tutaetoko Stream, Manganuku Track 2 ½ – 4 hrs and others.

East Cape Area

Pakihi Track 4-6 hour one way bush track between Motu and Opotiki areas.  Can be mountain biked.

Waimana Valley Tracks There are a variety of walks, tracks and huts (1hr to multi-day) in the Waimana Valley, the northern end of Te Urewera National Park, accessible from Opotiki.

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve 2452ha of the East Coast between Pouawa and Whangara.  Inter-tidal reefs, sandy beaches and mudflats.  Beach walk of 4km.

Cook’s Cove Walkway 5.8km (2.5hr) return trek over farmland and light bush to scenic and historic Cook’s Cove.

Anaura Bay Walkway and Reserve 3.5km (2hr) loop track through coastal forest, pine forest and farmland.


Guided Walks – Walking Legends

Rob & Hilary

P: 06 0800 WALK NZ
F: 07 312 5745

The Lake Waikaremoana Guided Walk is a four day, fully guided hike on the Great Walk track. Also available a three day Urewera Discovery Tour.  All our trips are professionally organised and include Rotorua return transport, gear cartage, accommodation, hiking equipment, all meals, snacks and drinks.  Visit our website for further details.

Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve A 3.5km loop track through a 374ha reserve of semi-coastal native forest.  Lookouts.

Morere Springs Scenic Reserve Walking Tracks from 10 minutes to 2.5 hours in this 363ha reserve of diverse native bush reserve.

Te Reinga Falls Scenic Reserve A short stroll to view the spectacular 35m drop in the Wairoa River.

Lake Waikaremoana Track 3 – 4 day hike of 46km around Lake Waikaremoana.  Cabins and campsites.  Bookings essential. Click here for more details.

Lake Waikareiti 3 – 5 hour walk from Te Urewera National Park Visitor Centre at Waikaremoana to Lake Waikareiti.  Cabin.

Lake Waikaremoana Various There is a variety of well-maintained long and short walks in Te Urewera National Park.

Check out more information in Hikes and Walks – Out East.


Gardens + Arboreta

Always contact owners before visiting private gardens please.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

2392 Wharaekopae Road 3 Eastwoodhill - National Arboretum of New Zealand

P: 06 863 9003
F: 06 863 9093

“Garden of National Significance” 35km from Gisborne this unique forest and garden contains New Zealand’s largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees and shrubs set among 100 hectares of hills, valleys and ponds with a network of easy walking tracks.  Budget accommodation by prior arrangement.  One of the region’s major visitor attractions.  Open daily from 9.00am – 5.00pm (closed Christmas Day).


Hackfalls Arboretum

PO Box 2 arboretum 151

P: 06 863 7083

A wide range of trees and shrubs in a hill setting enhanced by two natural lakes. The largest private collection of Oaks in the Southern hemisphere and includes over 3,500 different species.  Awarded arboretum of merit in May 2002 by International Dendrology Society. In an ideal situation to relax Hackfalls Arboretum also offers a cottage available for home stays. Tariff $10 adults; children free.


City Rose Gardens

Fitzherbert Street

Contains a display of hundreds of rose varieties. An amazing show of colour in full bloom.

Botanical Gardens

Aberdeen Road

On the banks of the Taruheru River is a 4ha park featuring trees and ponds, rose and cactus collections, an aviary and a children’s playground.

Glanavon Beard Iris Patch

Wendy Davies
4 Brown Road/Cnr SH2

P: 06 862 5860



Scenic Flights

Air Gisborne Ltd

Andrew & Bronwyn Reid
Gisborne Airport – Aerodrome Road
P: 0800 866 006 or 06 867 4684
F: 06 868 9454

Take a scenic flight over the coastline to Cook’s Cove, past Whangara, where the film Whale Rider was made and see the historic Tolaga Bay Wharf and the sea caves of Pourewa Island.  Or fly across the Hangaroa river to Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana.  The flights are conducted in a Cessna 172 and are not limited to the above locations.  The company also offers charter flights and flight training.

Ashworth HelicoptersScenic Flights

Wayne Ashworth
Gisborne & Wairoa Airports
P: 06 867 7128 (24 hours)
F: 06 868 1948
M: 0274 323104

Based at Gisborne & Wairoa Airports, Ashworth Helicopters specialises in scenic flights, hunting and fishing safaris and services to Eastland’s vast wilderness areas.  Guides and equipment available for all outdoor activities.  Ten minute scenic flights over Gisborne and beaches for groups up to five.  Heli-fishing to excellent fishing spots on the East Coast.  Sunrise flights to Mount Hikurangi, first to see the sunrise each day.  Three helicopters operating.



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