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Gisborne Travel Guide

Sports and the Outdoors


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 miles) 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 stingrays that swim close in to the nearby rocks. Whangara Road State Highway 35, Gisborne. 06/868–5153.

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.


Poverty Bay Golf Course. The Poverty Bay Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course, ranks among the top-five courses in the country. The green fee is NZ$30 if affiliated otherwise NZ$45. Lytton and Awapuni Rds., Elgin, Gisborne. 64 6/867–4402.


Surfing with Frank. Gisborne has three good surfing beaches close to town. Waikanae Beach, a short walk from the visitor center on Grey Street, usually has good learners' surf, and the Pipe and the Island are for the more experienced. The Pipe is just south of Waikanae; the Island fronts the Titarangi Domain. You can arrange for lessons at Surfing with Frank. Rates start at NZ$50 for 2-4 people; private lessons are NZ$75 for 2 hours; surfboard and wetsuit hire is NZ$25. 06/867-0823.



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