First Light Marathon

25 Jan 2025

Stingray Encounter

Just outside of Tairāwhiti Gisborne, Tatapouri Bay teems with marine life. Come wade among the rays and interact with the reef's inhabitants under the watchful eye of a guide.
24 Jan | 2.5 hours | 150 NZD

Of all the ways to experience the magical marine environment around Tairāwhiti Gisborne, feeding the stingrays on a reef ecology tour is one of the most memorable. We'll begin with a coach bus out to the bay, where participants will suit up in waders to keep you dry and protected. 

We'll be wading across the reef at low tide, allowing us to observe and interact with Stingrays, Eagle Rays, Kingfish, and various other reef dwellers. The marine life on the reef is not enclosed, so all the animls are free to come and go. The guides will provide information on reef's inhabitants, known as the Tamariki (Children) of Tangaroa, the Maori god of the sea. We'll learn about the different species. the local legends of Tairāwhiti Gisborne, and even gain some insight into some of the methods once used by the Maori to manage their natural resources. 

Upon conclusion of the tour, participants will be driven back to their hotels. 

  • About the Tour

    Duration: 2.5 hours 


    - Transport to/from Tatapouri Bay 
    - Guided reef ecology tour 
    - Waders