Gisborne City Cultural Tour

This interesting historical account visits the landing sites of Kiwa and Cook. Our knowledgeable local guide leads you to historic spots around our beautiful city.

Gisborne is steeped in historical significance. In the heart of city, the rivers Taruheru and Waimata join to form the Tūranganui River – it is here that Kiwa, captain of the Horouta Waka made landfall along with the other migratory canoe the Takitimu. Gisborne was known to early Māori as Tūranganui-a-Kiwa. 

New Zealand’s first European explorers arrived on 09 October 1769 aboard the Endeavor. Led by the famous explorer Captain James Cook, they first spotted the white cliffs now called Young Nick’s Head. His first landing in New Zealand was on Kaiti Beach.  

Cycle Gisborne’s City Cultural Cycling Tour takes you back 600 years to learn about early Maori and European settlement. It is the perfect Gisborne activity for those who love history and the outdoors. Visit the landing sites of Kiwa and Cook. Our knowledgeable local guide leads you to historic spots around our beautiful city.

The tour takes you on local cycle ways, city roads, along the beach, via our museum, and other important sites. It offers easy riding and is suitable for all age groups.  The Cultural City Cycling Tour takes you across approximately 8-10 kilometers.

The tour costs $185 per person for 2 people, which reduces to $165 each for 3 or more.  Children under the age of 15 tour for half price with each paying adult.

*contact us to enquire about our group rates

What to bring

  • Comfortable riding clothes

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • A fleece/jacket

  • Water

Inclusions

  • A guide

  • Refreshments along the way

  • Bikes and helmets

What you can add on

  • A light lunch or similar

  • Wine, beer & cider tastings

  • Transfers