Nau mai haramai – and welcome to Ngati Porou country. We invite you to visit our region and experience the unique East Coast culture, lifestyle and people of the place we call “home”.

Ngati Porou extends from Potaka in the north, to Kaiti, Gisborne in the south- and within our area there are many attractions to see and things to do.

Our beautiful coastlines are perfect for fishing, diving and surfing. Our indigenous bushlands are great for tramping, hunting and horseriding. Our communities provide unique cultural experiences that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

To help organise your short or long break away contact our Tourism Ngati Porou office,  or browse through our online Nati Tourism directory.  We can put you  in touch with local East Coast people and businesses who provide accommodation and activities to suit your budget and timeframe.

To help you start planning for your visit to our region, we have compiled a list of activities which you can add to.

10 Top Things to Do In Ngati Porou

  1. Attend the Hikurangi Dawn Ceremony on January 1, and celebrate the first sunrise of the year.
  2. Walk along Tolaga Bay Wharf- at 600 metres, New Zealand’s longest pier- then visit Cook’s Cove
  3. Watch a home game at Whakarua Park in Ruatoria, the hallowed ground of Ngati Porou East Coast Rugby
  4. Ride a horse
  5. Go pig hungting
  6. Pitch a tent at one of the camping grounds along the Coast
  7. Visit beautiful St Mary’s Church in Tikitiki, built in 1924 as a memorial to the soldiers of Ngati Porou who died in World War 1.
  8. Go for a swim at the lagoon in Tokomaru Bay
  9. Visit the East Cape Lighthouse at Te Araroa
  10. Grab some takeaways at Kai for Coasties at Te Puia Springs or at the Kai Kart in Ruatoria.


Paora Brooking
Tourism Ngati Porou Co-ordinator
Te Runanganui  o Ngati Porou
1 Barry Avenue, RUATORIA

Ph: 06 8649 004 / Cell: 021 865 316

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