Tairāwhiti Gisborne is located on the east coast of the North Island. Secluded and original, it’s also easy to get there!

By plane, it’s an hour’s flight aboard Air New Zealand from either Wellington or Auckland (both offer up to five flights a day). More flights are likely either side of the 2019 Whaiora Spirited Women event, so watch this space.

By car, it’s a six-hour drive from either Wellington or Auckland (both taking State Highway 2). Alternatively, only 3.5 hours from Tauranga, 2.5 hours from Napier and 4 hours from Taupo.

From Opotiki, Bay of Plenty you have two options: take the shorter drive through the magnificent Waioeka Gorge. If you’re looking for an epic road-trip, you can take Highway 35, which is also part of the Pacific Coast Highway. You can do this in one day but with so much to linger over, you should take all the time you need.


Check out the accommodation Guide on the Tairawhiti Gisborne website here.

Destination & activities

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is the original New Zealand – full of adventure, stunning natural beauty and authentic hospitality. From historic sites to world-class wine, food and festivals, it’s a visitor’s paradise.

It’s no wonder it was chosen to deliver the fourth annual Whaiora Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

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