Waka Experiences Tairāwhiti
Our Waka Hourua ‘Tairāwhiti’ is named after the Tairāwhiti Gisborne/East Coast area - the coast where the sun shines. Tairāwhiti is a region of many firsts. In addition to welcoming the sun, Gisborne saw some of the first Māori to land after their epic Pacific navigations in the fourteenth century. Their many descendants now make up almost half of the region – an authentic expression of what it means to be a bicultural nation. It’s also where, in 1769, Captain James Cook anchored his ship Endeavour and came ashore for the first meeting on land between Māori and Pakeha.