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Located in the rugged Eastland of New Zealand, Gisborne's claim to fame is that ever day it is the first city in the world to see the sun. It is also one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. North of Gisborne, you will find the 60-metre-long Rere Rock natural rock slide. Grab your boogie board or inner tube for a exhilarating ride over the cascading rock, smoothed over time by constantly running water from the Wharekopae River.
Dive Tatapouri will take you on a two hour Reef Ecology Interactive Tour where you can discover underwater inhabitants of Tatapouri Bay as well as get a chance to feed the wild stingray. Learn about local legends and get insight into how Maori managed their natural resources.
South of Gisborne get on board a boat with a local skipper who will take you to his favourite fishing hole at Mahia Peninsula. You are sure to reel in a trophy snapper or kingfish to barbecue for dinner. For the trampers, take the 46 km hike around Lake Waikaremoana and sleep over at one of the seven huts en route. Round trip will take you approximately four easy days.