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Gisborne is a sunny seaside town on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is a popular summertime destination as it has a relatively warm, dry and sunny climate, swimming and surf beaches with a more relaxed pace of life than the larger cities. It is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.

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  •    Tairawhiti Museum, 10 Stout St,  +64 6 867-3832. M-Sa 10:00-16:00; Su & public holidays 13:30-16:00. Solid local museum with Māori taonga and history displays. The basement houses a local surfing/ocean exhibit, including documentation of Captain Cook's first landfall in New Zealand and an entire boat wheelhouse from The Star of Canada, which sank in the harbour in 1912. There is also an historic house open to the public and a café on-site.
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum, 2392 Wharekopae Rd,  +64 6 863-9003. New Zealand's largest planting of North American trees. It has plenty of walks and gardens, and is lovely in the autumn when the leaves change.

Mahia Beach

Te Poho-o-Rawiri Meeting House

Gisborne Harbour

Gisborne Wine Centre

Kaiti Hill

Midway Beach

Morere Hot Springs

Te Urewera National Park

Eastwood Arboretum

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Gisborne's a great summer time destination. There are nice beaches in the middle of town (Waikanae) but, if you have a car, it's worth venturing a little further out to Wainui, Makarori or any of the bays that you'll find if you drive north up the coast. Surfing, swimming and fishing are all big parts of local culture, so give these a go if you get a chance.

Given New Zealand's proximity to the international date line, Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun rise. This is based on Mount Hikurangi receiving the first sun rays and makes Gisborne a good place to spend New Year's Eve if you're looking for a party.

  • Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex, Centennial Marine Drive opposite Midway Beach,  +64 6 867-6220. Summer daily 06:00-20:00; Winter M-F 06:00-20:00, Sa-Su 06:00-18:00. The pool complex offers a 50me lane pool year-round, and outdoor diving pools, 33m pool with zero-depth area, and 98m hydro-slide in summer. BBQs are available for hire (please book in advance, especially in summer), and there is also a playground and a campsite suitable for large, self-catering groups.
  • Gisborne Cycle Tour Company +64 6 927-7021. offers one-day wine-tasting cycle tours, city tours, and mountain biking. They also offer multi-day cycle tours throughout the district.
  • Gisborne Farmers Market. Sa 09:00-13:00. has local fruit and veg, bakeries, delis, cheese, and wine tastings. Often local musicians play.
  • Surfing with Frank +64 6 867-0823 or +64 21 119 0971, e-mail: Frank runs surf lessons and tours out of the back of his mobile office/van. He can cater for individuals or groups from beginners to expert. very reasonable and by negotiation.
  • Vineyard and Winery Tours. Gisborne is one of New Zealand's largest grape growing regions with just over half its 2,000 hectares of vineyards planted in Chardonnay. A Mediterranean climate and suitable soils are the key factors in the success of wine production in this region which regularly produces unique, full-flavoured, award winning wines of international standard.
  • Rere Rock Slide. A natural sloping rock formation that a stream flows over it and a natural pool at the bottom. With a little care, you can slide down on body boards, tyres or backsides. It's not for the faint hearted though, so pack some courage.
  • Reef Ecology Tour (Stingray Tour), SH35, Tatapouri,  +64 6 868-5153. Equipped with deep waders, you walk out onto the reef and enjoy some up close and personal time with stingrays and other sea life (you can even pat the stingrays) $40 for an adult, $20 for a child, $100 for a family.
  • Rhythm and Vines. A three day music festival to celebrate the new year. Held in a vineyard and Includes popular New Zealand and international artists. Camping accommodation is set up in Watson Park especially for the event which has been increasing in size every year (from 1,800 people in 2004 to 25,000 people in 2010). from $229.
  • Tramp Waikaremoana, Te Urewera National Park. Not technically in Gisborne, but not far off is Te Urewera National Park and Lake Waikaremoana. If you like hiking/tramping this is a stunning walk that can be done in three to four days (or one if you run the whole way). You need to take all the supplies you'll need for the three days including food, fuel and medical kits.


Dining in Gisborne is fairly casual. Daytime cafes and evening takeaways, including fish and chips, dominate, and a local speciality is the "all sauces," or a scoop of chips with tomato sauce, mayo, and garlic butter.

Many restaurants mark their hours as "til late," meaning when their last customer of the night has finished. Eating out after about 21:00 can limit your options.

  • McDonald's. World's most easterly Macca's
  • Zest, 22 Peel St,  +64 6 867-5787. Daytime café with large selection of counter food, including vegetarian and gluten-free.
  • Verve Café, 121 Gladstone Road,  +64 6 868-9095. M-F 07.30-17:30 (full menu to 14:30), Sa-Su 20:00-15:00. Sunny café with art exhibits, tasty kitchen food and snacks
  • Wainui Store, 4 Oneora road, Wainui Beach, Gisborne,  +64 6 867 8446. Shop: 07:30-20:00; Takeaway: 17:00-20:00. Located 7km north of town, Wainui Store is a general store that also serves fish and chips, burgers, and the best pizza in the East Coast.
  • Fettucine Brothers, 12-14 Peel St,  +64 6 868-5700. M-Sa 17:00- late. Classic white-tablecloth Italian restaurant with extensive wine menu. Pasta $19-25, Mains $25-35.
  • Captain Morgans, 285 Grey St (opposite Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club),  +64 6 867-7821. Daily 07:00-19:00. A local legend, this chippie has fish and chips, takeaways, counter food, and ice cream.


  • Gisborne Wine Centre, Shed 3, 50 The Esplanade, Inner Harbour,,  +64 6 867 4085. The Gisborne Wine Centre has tastings from local wineries and gourmet snack platters to share. They also organize the Wine and Food Festival, held in October Each year.
  • Lone Star Bar and Grill, 60 The Esplanade, Shed One,  +64 6 868 3257. Bar and cafe on the harbourfront. Overpriced family dining during the day; a fun social atmosphere in the evenings. Music is mostly from a jukebox, but the drinks are pretty strong.

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