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.
Gisborne is a long town, as it has spread out along the main road into town. A car is advisable, though if you are going to the beach, walking is a good idea, as parking in the central city is often a problem.
The central business district is quite small and easy to get around.
Tairawhiti Museum, Stout St (from CBD, cross river at Peel St bridge, turn left on Stout St), ☎ (06) 867 3832, . Mon-Sat 10-4. Provincial museum. Upstairs has local art exhibition and Maori artefacts/taonga. Downstairs has maritine history, including recovered boat wheel house (great for the kids).
Te Kuri Farm Walkway, (follow signposts from Ballance St and Ormond Road corner), . Daylight, Labour Weekend to August 1. 5k walking track across private farm land in the Gisborne hills. Great views back over the city and ocean. 10 minute drive from CBD. Take good shoes. Closed during lambing season.free.
Vineyard and winery tours. Gisborne is one of New Zealand's largest grape growing regions with just over half its 2000 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.
Surfing, swimming, fishing
Rere rockslide is a natural sloping rock formation that a stream flows over and visitors can slide down on body boards, tyres or backsides.
Surfing with Frank, ☎ 6 867 0823, 021 119 0971, . flexible. Frank does surf lessons and tours for all ages and abilities. He will meet you at the beach (or pick you up), and can rent boards and wetsuits.
Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex, Centennial Marine Drive (across from Midway Beach), ☎ 06-867-6220, . 6AM-8PM, Winter weekends go 8AM - 6PM. In the summer, there is a 50m lane pool, outdoor 33m pool, diving well, kiddie pool, and hydroslide. In the winter only the covered 50m pool and indoor hotpools are open. Easy access, except hotpools, where calling ahead is advisable.Adult $3.70, Child $2.70.
Gisborne Cycle Co., ☎ 06 927 7021, . Offers bike rentals, vineyard bike tours, mountain bike day tours, and longer multi-day tours. Advance bookings required.
The Stone Studio, 237 Stanley Road, ☎ 06 867 3900, . 9-5 M-S. Sells pounamu (greenstone) carved on-site. Also has selection of NZ-themed souvenirs. Gift wrap available.
McDonald's. World's most easterly Macca's
Verve, 121 Gladstone Road, ☎ 06-868 9095. 8.30-5.30 M-F, S/S 9-3. Cafe with breakfast and lunch menu. A small offering of counter snacks; full kitchen closes at 2.30 with snacks available until close. Music and local art on the walls.
Zest Cafe, 22 Peel St (across the street from library), ☎ 5787, . M-F 7.30 - 4. Cafe with wide range of counter food and vegetarian/vegan offerings.
Sunshine Brewery, 109 Disreali St, ☎ 06 867 7777, . M-Sat 9-6. Local brewery does takeway bottles/2L of Gisborne Gold (World famous on the East Coast), pilsners, and ales.
Flying Nun Backpackers, 147 Roebuck Road, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Cheap and dirty backpackers, with the emphasis on both! Lots of long-term residents and indoor and outdoor social areas.dorm - $24.00, double/twin $26.00, single $36.00.
YHA Gisborne, 32 Harris St (Across the river from the CBD, turn right), ☎ +64 6 867 3269, . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. Clean, friendly, quiet backpackers five minute walk from the CBD. Closes each winter, usually sometime between July and September, so call ahead at that time of year.