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.
Gisborne & Wairoa Airports
P: 06 867 7128 (24 hours)
F: 06 868 1948
M: 027 323 103
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.
The gourmet vineyard cycle tours visit a selection of the regions best wineries and attractions. Travel along quieter country roads, where possible, meander through the Poverty Bay flats and discover the wealth of produce and flavour that is produced in this popular aromatic wine region. Our friendly guides introduce you to the region, the wine makers, wineries and some fantastic historical and cultural sites.
Self guided tours with or without gourmet wine match tasting packs and lunches are available daily.
All destinations and attractions in the Gisborne, Wairoa, Waikaremoana, East Coast, Motu, Opotiki region. Historical, cultural, scenic, ecological, outdoor activity, adventure, golf and winery tours.
Experienced staff, genuine and friendly service. Contact Nisbet to discuss your Gisborne/Pacific Coast getaway.
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Carvings depicting Maui-Tikitiki-A-Taranga and his whanau (family). Photo courtesy of Ngati Porou Tourism.
Some places are so special they demand reverence, and once experienced, hold an unassailable place in your memory. Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of Ngati Porou, is one. This mystical spot is the first in the world to greet the sun each new day. At a lofty 1,754 metres (the hightest non-volcanic peak in the North Island) and with its cloak of bush and coterie of surrounding peaks, Hikurangi dominates a landscape of scenic splendour. At 1,000 metres above sea level are nine carvings depicting Maui and his whanau (family).
There are many legends about the feats of Maui. The most famous of which is the creation of New Zealand/Aotearoa when Maui fished up the North Island (also known as Te Ika a Maui or The Great Fish of Maui). It is said that the final resting place for Maui’s waka (canoe) is on Mt Hikurangi. You can arrange guided tours with Ngati Porou Tourism, no one can give you the local history like those who live and breathe it. Tours can include marae visits and 4×4 tours to local culturally significant sites.
Having had 30 years fishing the Ruakituri River & Gisborne Rivers, Darcy is an expert fishing guide for Lake Waikaremona who knows both the local lakes and rivers well. He has also fished many other Hawkes Bay rivers and rivers around NZ. Darcy is also involved with other experienced local fishermen in the East Coast and wider Hawkes Bay area.
Highlands Loop Road
P: 0508 TAMAKI
A three hour journey into the heart of Maori Culture, an experience you will never forget! The most award-winning Maori culture attraction in New Zealand.
Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions. Our Evening Experience offers ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performances & hangi feasting.
Sleeping in a whare moe (sleeping house) was a tradition reserved for when one tribe visited another tribe. We invite you to experience an Overnight Marae Stay in the heart of Tamaki Maori Village, where our people share with you intimately customs, protocols and stories of yesteryear!
Walking Legends offers a wide range of guided walking holidays in New Zealand including the famous North Island hike, the ‘Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk’ and Rotorua Day Treks, the Urewera Discovery Tour, Tongariro Hiking Tour also guide the Tongariro Crossing.
Walking Legends has been awarded a Qualmark Enviro Silver Award, recognising their high standards in environmental practices.