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Explore our region

Take your time to explore and enjoy Gisborne and the region of Tairawhiti. 
Here's some ideas for things to do and see around our region.


♦ surf some of the best breaks in New Zealand 

Rere rockslide

♦ enjoy a swim at any of our safe beaches

♦ slide down the Rere rock slide - a 60m long natural water slide

♦ raft the Motu River

♦ get face-to-face with a Mako shark in the safety of a dive cage

♦ feed stingray off the Tatapouri reef.

Hunting and fishing

♦ hook a trophy trout from the Ruakituri River 
♦ tramp or hunt through virtually untouched native bush 
♦ explore a whole coastline of fresh seafood; book a game-fishing charter

Relax and enjoy

freedom camping  |  summer camping 

♦ play a round of golf   

Walkways and trails

♦ stroll through Eastwoodhill Arboretum's 20km of walking tracks

♦ walk a range of tacks through native bush. Check out our walkways and trails

♦ drive 'up the coast' experience friendly East Coast hospitality

Arts and culture

♦ relax at the theatre - watch art house productions at the Dome cinema, or see the latest Hollywood movies at the Odeon multiplex theatre 
♦ visit the Tairāwhiti Museum 
♦ visit Toihoukura on the EIT campus – contemporary Māori Art on display

Wine and foodWine and food

♦ sample wines of Gisborne – Chardonnay capital of New Zealand. Enjoy cellar door tastings or organise a wine tour

♦ dine at one of our harbour side cafes and restaurants or one of our many other cafes and restaurants

♦ Farmers' Market on Saturday morning for fresh local produce

Annual festivals and events

♦ Gisborne Feast - wine & food festival in October
♦ Rhythm and Vines - see in the New Year at the biggest party

Related links

Check out what's on:

Olympic pools - main pool is covered and heated

Tourism Eastland(external link) - Gisborne Tairawhiti tourism website

Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti(external link) - events

Gisborne News(external link) - Local newspaper

Gisborne Photo News(external link) - monthly Photo News between 1954 and 1975

HB Williams Memorial Library(external link) - Gisborne's public library

Tairawhiti Museum(external link) - and art gallery, one of the best regional museums in the country

East Coast Museum of Technology(external link) - displays and demonstrates historic artefacts from our district.

Gisborne City Specials(external link) - includes what's on at the Odeon multiplex theatre