This is one of the main beaches in Gisboren, and is easily reachable from the town centre. On a hot sunny day you will find most Gisbornites here swimming, sunbathing and eating icecreams.
Right by the beach is Captain Morgan's cafe, where they sell some of the biggest ice cream cones in Gizzy!
I love this beach, my Aunt used to own a beach house here and every Christmas Day we'd have BBQ dinner.
But you don't want to know about that, sorry I digress ....
This beach is about a 15-20 minute drive out of Gisborne, it's lovely. Up one end there is great surfing, but I'm not a surfer so I would go there for the beach itself. At the opposite end of the surfer's beach is a little lagoon with still water for swimming. There are also rocks, so when it is low tide, you can head out and explore what the sea has left behind!
I always loved to park my car and walk along the beach with my feet in the surf.
This is one of largest meeting houses in New Zealand. The marae is situated close to Kaiti Beach, where Captain Cook landed in 1769. The tribe of this marae met Cook first.
Te Poho-O-Rawiri can be visited after permission.
The Tairawhiti Museum (also known as Gisborne Museum and Arts Centre) shows also the two faces of the town and surroundings. Much to see and learn about the Maori history and art, but also attention for de developments by the immigrants who came to this part of New Zealand.
During our visit there was a nice exhibition of old photo’s of Gisborne. There is also a small shop with some very interesting and original gifts, most artifacts and a lot of ‘ketes’ (Maori bags of woven flax).
The Heipipi Endeavour Park shows the two faces of Gisborne.
This Park got the name of Cook’s ship Endeavour at the Cook Bicentenary and many years later it got also the originally name of Heipipi at a request of the Maori population of Gisborne.
In this small park close to the bridge over the Turanganui River along the main street of Gisborne - Gladstone Road - you will find a ornately carved part of a maori ‘waka’ (canoe). It is called Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana.
Kaiti Hill is situated in the Titirangi Reserve, just south of the city centre and very easy accessible by car or just walk up to the viewing point. Your reward is an excellent view over the harbour, Poverty Bay, the beaches and the city.
There is also a statue of Captain Cook, but we did read in a Dutch paper, this is not Captain Cook. Close to the statue is a ‘royal’ pohutukawa, planted by Princess Diana during her visit to Gisborne in 1983.
Kaiti Hill is just 100 meters high.
Because Gisborne is the most easterly city, it is also the first city to see the sunrise everyday. This attracts quite a few visitors to the area around New Year .
Around this time the city puts on all sorts of activities for the thousands of visitors that pour into the city for the glorious summer weather.
The main street is closed in places to create a pedestrian mall, street performers come to town to entertain the crowds and the atmosphere is fun and festive.
On jan 1st ( or is it the 2nd?), there is a bit of a celebration held on the river ( a sort of river parade) . This is actually quite entertaining and is becoming very popular.
This is the place where the film 'Whale Rider' was filmed - you can see the waka (canoe) used in the film plus the original marae of Paikea.
Young Nick’s statue commemorates the fact that Nicholas Young, on board Captain Cook’s ship the Endeavour, was the first crewman to sight New Zealand.