Your hosts

Dean and Chris Savage have been running Dive Tatapouri in Tairawhiti Gisborne 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. Our business was started through Dean’s passion for the Moana (sea) and Chris’s love of hosting people. Whanau (Maori for 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 location. 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.

Chris and Dean offer reef ecology tours with wild stingrays and other reef dwellers, and snorkeling and swimming with Stingrays from their base in Tatapouri Bay.

These activities are some of the most unique and unforgettable things to do in New Zealand – so make sure Dive Tatapouri is on your itinerary!

About Dean

Dean is a qualified diver and skipper with more than 40 years’ commercial diving experience, he loves to go out onto the Moana (sea).  With many tales to tell and his passion for the marine animals a Reef Ecology Tour with Dean is always an experience in it’s self.

Dean has also been an underwater cameraman for New Zealand’s Tangaroa with Pio . Toa Hunter Gatherer and other various shows and has filmed in exotic locations all over New Zealand, the Pacific and Chile.  His underwater footage of local and international dive spots and tourist attractions has been featured on several award-winning documentaries and showcased these areas to the world.

About Chris

Chris Savage is a born and bred Gisborne girl and your hostess on the land at Dive Tatapouri.

She takes care of bookings, catering, travel arrangements, and any other special requirements you may have during your visit – all with the same friendly, easygoing nature the Gisborne region is famous for.