We present preliminary results on gallium nitride growth by HVPE on C-plane sapphire with 2, 4 and 6 degrees misorientation towards M and A directions. A nucleation GaN buffer layer is deposited prior the growth by MOVPE. Surface morphology and growth rates are compared with those obtained on exact C-plane oriented sapphire, for various growth conditions. As expected, the steps already present on the substrate surface help to initiate a directed step-flow growth mode. The large hillocks, which are typical for HVPE GaN layers on (0001) sapphire planes, are replaced by more or less parallel macro-steps. The width and height of these steps, due to step bunching effect, depend directly on the angle of misorientation and on the growth conditions, and are clearly visible by optical or scanning electron microscopy. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffraction measurements have been carried out to quantify the surface roughness and crystal quality.