Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana


Like a giant sundial, Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana is a large modern sculpture in the shape of a tauihu (canoe prow) that celebrates early Māori explorers.

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Nearby Gisborne attractions

1. Footrot Flats Statue

0.25 MILES

Gisborne is already well endowed with statues, but this one commemorating the hugely popular Footrot Flats cartoons by Gisborne local, the late Murray…

2. C Company Memorial House

0.27 MILES

This cultural centre commemorates the dedication and commitment of the famed 28th Māori Battalion of the New Zealand Army who fought bravely in the…

3. Tairāwhiti Museum

0.29 MILES

The Tairāwhiti Museum, with its fab gallery extension, focuses on East Coast Māori and colonial history. This is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating…

4. Clock Tower

0.35 MILES

Built in 1934, this art-deco clock tower is the undisputed highlight of Gisborne's main street.

5. Captain Cook Statue


One of Gisborne's gaggle of Captain Cook commemorations, part of which is a globe etched with his roaming routes.

6. Sculpture of Te Maro

0.41 MILES

On the flanks of Titirangi Reserve is an impressive new sculpture of Te Maro, the first of nine Māori men killed by Cook's crew when they landed in…

7. Statue of Young Nick

0.49 MILES

There's no let-up in Gisborne's Endeavour endeavours: in the riverside park is a dynamic statue of Nicholas Young, Captain Cook’s cabin boy, whose eagle…

8. Puhi Kai Iti Cook Landing Site


At the foot of Titirangi Reserve is the spot where Captain Cook first landed in NZ in 1769, and where nine Māori were killed by Cook's crew. In 2019, a $5…