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Council services for Te Matatini vistors

16 Feb 2011

Council services for Te Matatini vistors

Liquor Ban

We hope you enjoy Tairawhiti's great restaurants and bars. Please remember that there is a liquor ban in Gisborne city, Ruatoria, Te Araroa and Tolaga Bay. The only place you can carry an open drink of alcohol is in a licensed place or building. Have a look at a map of the liquor ban areas.


Please help keep our city clean and free from rubbish. Council contractors will be emptying public rubbish bins more often during Te Matatini. The AllBrite recycling and transfer station is open every day. Here is a map and the hours AllBrites are open.

To report any issues with rubbish - please contact us.


Gisborne city has about 1000 free all–day car parking spaces available within easy walking distance of Gladstone Road. Car parks in the CBD use a pay and display system with a 2 hour maximum unless otherwise stated. Here is where all the parks are.

Public Toilets and Showers

Council provides public toilets throughout the district. Those located in the city will all be getting an extra clean over the Te Matatini weekend to cater for the extra visitors to Gisborne. Showers are located in the city centre at the Bright Street Toilet Block. See here for hours and locations. If you want to report maintenance issues with any of these toilets - please contact us.

Olympic Pool

Council operates a 7 lane, 50m swimming pool, hot spa/therapy pool, diving pool, outdoor recreation pool, toddler’s pool and hydro slide on the Midway Beachfront in the city. Here are the opening hours and prices.


Gisborne’s public library is situated in Peel Street in the centre of the city. The HB Williams Memorial Library is part of the Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa that provides free internet access in public places. Visitors are welcome to bring their laptop to the library, use one of our computers or sit outside the building and use the free APNK WiFi hotspot.(external link)

Online Cemetery records

For those with whanau buried in the Gisborne district have a look at Council’s online cemetery records. All records and photographs of headstones are now available through the Council’s online cemetery record search.

Parks and reserves

We have 116 reserves in our district covering approximately 1500 hectares. Two of the more popular in the city area are Whataupoko Reserve which offers 7km of walking and mountain bike trails and Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill which overlooks the inner harbour and city area.Here is more information.

Tairawhiti Navigations Project

We are working with Wairoa District Council and local iwi on the Tairawhiti Navigations Project to celebrate the meeting of two cultures and their proud voyaging histories. The project will enhance Gisborne's historic inner harbour.