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Dive Tatapouri located 15 minutes from Tairawhiti Gisborne, and offers a world famous interactive marine experience with Stingrays and other sea life.  You’ll get to discover the Tamariki (Children) of Tangaroa (the Maori God of the Sea), whilst taking in the magical marine surroundings of Tatapouri on the East Coast of the North Island, where the first light touches NZ shores.

Once you have donned all the appropriate gear & been briefed on the beach front, the guides will walk you out onto the reef, where you will interact with Wild Short Tail  Stingrays, Eagle Rays and other reef dwellers in their natural habitat. Let Pancake and Waffle, two Short Tail stingrays sit on your feet and wait for a gentle stroke, hard to imagine that Stingrays are perceived to be dangerous. The Reef Ecology Tour is a truly amazing and unforgettable experience.

Helping to create memories for Adults and Children of all Ages, this fun and fascinating adventure to meet the Stingrays is also an educational experience that will have you walking away appreciating Stingrays and ocean life, along with gaining insights into the Stingrays some of which the Dive Tatapouri crew has been working with since they were born on the reef.

Why is this Chuffed Worthy?

In a previous role, our product manager Alex had sent many hundreds of international tourists to Dive Tatapouri, and had often heard that this was the most unique natural & cultural experience these visitors had here. Chris & Dean Savage run Dive Tatapouri, and their team delivers a true Kiwi experience, where you arrive as a stranger & leave as Whanau. This one has to be experienced to be fully appreciated! 

Feed Wild Stingrays and Kingfish

1 Hour

$149 NZD

Experience the Reef Ecology Tour at Tatapouri. Wade out on the shallow reef and meet all the residents, including stingrays who will let you gently stroke them.

Experience provided by

Dive Tatapouri

Important Information
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Must be able to walk over uneven terrain & stand for long periods of time
  • Not suitable for people with limited mobility
  • Bookings are essential
  • Tour Runs Daily, timing is based on Low Tide
  • Waders are provided by Dive Tatapouri – please note waders only go to shoe size 13 and waist size 18.
  • Reef tour times depend on tides and weather and sea conditions

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