Our People

Come to Dive Tatapouri and discover the children of Tangaroa, the god of the sea, while immersing yourself in the local culture and magical marine surroundings of New Zealand's East Coast.

Dive Tatapouri is famous for its interactive reef tour with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers, and its idyllic snorkelling experience with wild stingrays in their natural environment. Dive Tatapouri in Gisborne has been operating since the year 2000.  We have hosted groups from Backpacker Buses, and Schools to Cruise Ship groups, along with our many domestic and international individuals, couples, families, and friends who reside here in Gisborne or are here for a vacation.  Our business was started through Dean’s passion for the Moana (sea) and Chris’s love of hosting people.


Whanau (family) is a huge part of our operation with our children, nephews and nieces encouraged to become part of our team showcasing our products and our location in Gisborne.  We also encourage young local students with a passion for tourism and the Moana to also become part of the Dive Tatapouri team and support them through work experience placements. 


We have tried to retain a natural look to our facility by using sustainable timbers and recycled timbers along with the natural sand and stone of the coast helping to capture a unique base to welcome and host our visitors to begin their experience.