4 km return
90 minutes
20 minutes

Easy. Climb up Titirangi, hilly.

Information for this trail was last updated February 2024

With 10 information panels and unique artworks, the Tupapa Heritage Trail tells the rich, interwoven stories passed down about the first people to navigate to and inhabit this place, Tūranganui a Kiwa (Gisborne).

More about Tupapa Heritage Trail at Link to Tairāwhiti-Gisborne, the first light

(Thank you to Liam Clayton, Gisborne Herald, for the image at the top of this page.)


Trail fly-through

History of the trail

Ancestors of mana whenua journeyed from Polynesia to Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Gisborne) more than 700 years ago. Tupapa: Our Stand. Our Story. was launched in 2019, a collaboration between local hapū to share this story Link to Tupapa 

Tips & Logistics

This is a “there and back” trail, which starts at the three dimensional overview map where Waikanae Creek joins the Tūranganui River. Allow at least 1½ hours to walk the trail then return to the start.