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Dive Tatapouri. Albacore, yellowfin tuna, mako shark, and marlin along with the yellow-tail kingfish are prized catches off the East Cape from January to April (no fishing licenses needed). There are various fishing operators.
Dive Tatapouri is 14 km (9 mi) north of the city off State Highway 35. Dean and Chrissie of Dive Tatapouri cater for all types of fishing and diving; you can even do the shark encounter from a cage at the back of the boat. If you get to the dive shop at the right time, (tides allowing), you might be lucky enough to hand-feed stringrays that swim close in to the nearby rocks. Whangara Road State Highway 35, Gisborne. 06/868–5153. www.divetatapouri.com.
Surfit Boat Charters. Their fishing trips start at NZ$150 per person. If you fancy being lowered in a shark cage to come face-to-face with a white pointer shark, aka a "great white," you can take the plunge for NZ$310. You don't need to be a certified diver for this trip as the cage "floats" on the surface. 06/867–2970 or 027/230–7016. www.surfit.co.nz.
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