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    Tairāwhiti Gisborne, New Zealand

Welcome to Dive Tatapouri

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Dive Tatapouri is located 15 minutes from Tairāwhiti Gisborne on State Highway 35. Tatapouri offers a world-famous interactive marine experience with Stingrays and other sea life. Our Visitors get to discover the Tamariki (Children) of Tangaroa (the Māori God of the Sea), whilst immersing themselves in the local culture and magical marine surroundings of Tatapouri on the East Coast of the North Island, where the first light touches our shores.

Local Legends are many in Tairāwhiti Gisborne from Paikea riding the whale located just up the way at Whanagara to Mt Hikurangi on the East Coast the first land to be raised by Maui when he brought up Te Ika a Maui – the North Island (which looks like a Whai Repo (stingray) and also the first landing of Captain Cook to New Zealand. The residents of the area have a great affiliation with the Moana (the Sea) and a visit to our Region provides golden beaches, sunshine, surf, great things to do and experience a lot of which is still provided through the true Kiwi hospitality of old where you come as a tourist and leave as whanau or family.


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Our interactive Reef Ecology tour is famous for its interaction with wild stingrays and is one of the most popular and unique things to do in New Zealand. Our knowledgeable guides will walk you across the reef to meet the Tamariki (children) of Tangaroa, the Māori God of the sea. Whilst meeting the residents of the reef, our guides will provide insightful information about the different species you may encounter.

Once you’ve been kitted out in our designer waders, you’ll embark on a reef tour at low tide with our experienced guides. During your tour, you’ll have the opportunity to observe and interact with the natural inhabitants of Tatapouri.


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  • Go with an open mind and you will be amazed! We didn’t know what to expect but were advised not to miss it... glad we didn’t drive past! You have to go at certain times to be on the right tide but worth waiting around for! The guides are knowledgeable and fun :)  ”

    Charlie Harrison

  • We went to Dive Tatapouri in March 2019 and it was absolutely fantastic. We got to see stingrays for around 45 minutes. The staff were fantastic and really helped us all get the best experience. All equipment/clothing was provided and we even got morning tea provided afterward. I highly recommend this experience - I don't know anywhere else in the world that does it.”

    Julie Jay

  • Took UK visitors to this attraction. Rustic I would say in the nicest way as that is part of the charm. There were three of us and a school group came along a little later. A suitable safety brief was given and waders were supplied. A short walk out but there is a banana boat available for those who may find walking difficult. The guides have plenty of knowledge and shared it with us. The kingfish and stingrays swam right up to, around and behind us, and even between our legs. Great attraction.”


  • What a great experience, to walk on the reef with stingrays and kingfish swimming about. Thanks to all the crew for making us feel welcome. Your knowledge of the marine creatures and habitat outside your door was appreciated. All necessary gear provided. Delicious morning tea. Beautiful surrounds. Could not have asked for anything more.”

    Morgen A