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    Morere Hot Springs

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Set amongst native bush up in the hills, this is a fantastic sight for relaxing in the natural spring waters, hiking through native bush, and bird-spotting Tuis and other native birds.

    It's a fantastic place, for both winter and summer. The hot pools may be too much in the summer, but they're still owrth a go. If you're too hot, there's a cold water pool as well as a BBQ and picnic tables. You can also hire private hot pools if you want to relax on your own.

    I highly recommend this!

    Relaxing in the upper pools
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    Makorori Beach

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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 from the lookout at the top of Makorori Another pick from the lookout
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    Paua Shell Hunting / Kaiti Beach

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    I did this the last time I was home so that I could make jewellry out of the shells.

    Kaitia Beach is yet another beautiful beach in Gizzy, however, it's not the most beautiful one. It's very rocky, so diving might be an option, though I personally don't know anything about that. However, at low tide you can head out onto the rocks and see what creatures are left in the rock pools. I really love going and checking out the sea creatures!

    The beach also has loads of Paua shell, the gorgeous abalone used in jewelry.

    Gives a good view of Young Nick's Head as well.

    Kaiti Beach Low tide rock pools Young Nicks Head from Kaiti Beach Rock pool inhabitant
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    Rere Rock Slide and Falls

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a little outside of the city. It is a natural water slide made out of rock with a splash-down pool at the bottom. It's a fouvrite kids activity - though the odd adult has given it a try! Everyone takes their own boogie boards or the inside of tyres blown up, so that they can whizz down without getting bruised on the rocks!

    There is a picnic ground as well, with port-a-loos (not the greatest in convenience) and is a really fun thing to do

    the slide from half way up the top of the slide
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    Vintage Steam Railway

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This boasts being the sole surviving WA165 Class locomotive in New Zealand. It's been fully restored, and over Labour weekend (long holiday weekend) it takes a scenic route up the East Coast of New Zealand, passing through Gisborne.

    I've never been on it myself, but it is meant to be fantastic, steeped in history and beautiful scenery.

    Tickets are $20 adult.

    Steaming through Gisborne
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    Kaiti Hill

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Aug 18, 2006

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    Gisborne's prominent landmark is Kaiti Hill, which offers great views out over Gisborne and to Young Nick's Head, another prominent Gizzy Landmark. See my Tip on Young Nicks for more info.

    You can either drive up the hill, but there are also walking and cycling trails. At the top there is also a statue of Captain Cook (though it's not actually a staue of him). A childrens playground.

    Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Kaiti Hill: "Kaiti Hill is an ancestral site of the Ngati Oneone hapu (sub-tribe) in Gisborne, New Zealand. It is at the base of this hill that Captain James Cook came ashore, after first sighting New Zealand in October 1769. At the base of the hill is the marae Te Poho-o-Rawiri, the home of Ngati Oneone, which was built by Rawiri Te Kani"

    Gizzy from the Kaiti Hill Lookout The Captain Cook Monument
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    Eastwoodhill Arboretum

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a lovely reserve outside of Gisborne of native trees and rare species of plants. It's a lovely place ot have a picnic, there are loads of walkign trails, a lovely little cafe, and native birds.

    It's a wonderful seasonal garden. I loved going there in spring as the ground would be alive with daffodils.

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    Rhythm and Vines Music Festival

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Aug 18, 2006

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    I have never had the priviledge of going, but it meant to be fantastic! The closest I ever got, was when I flew out of Gisborne last New Years Eve on my way to Auckland to catch my international flight back to Lodnon. We flew over the estate and it was a mass of busses and vehicles snaking in long lines away from the estate.

    This 18 hour event showcases New Zealand's best musicians and international artists, taking place at Waiohika Estate's breathtakingly beautiful, natural outdoor amphitheatre on 31st December.

    When does Rhythm & Vines take place?

    31st December 2006 to 1 January 2007

    Gates open 10am, 31 December 2006

    Entertainment starts Midday, 31 December 2006

    Entertainment finishes 12pm, 1 January 2007

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    Catch a sunset

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Aug 18, 2006

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    Gizzy is the first city in the world to see the sun - and therefore the first to say goodbye to the day. Watch the sun set before the rest of the world.

    My Mum and I always used to head down to the beach after dinner and go for a walk along the sands to watch the sun go down. A perfect way to end an evening

    Midway Beach swimmers. My brother took this pic another pic from my bro Waikanae beach - another pic from my bro
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    Young Nicks Head

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Feb 25, 2007

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    This is another one of Gizzy's prominent landmarks. It is a striking promontory of land, which was the first bit if NZ Captain Cook spotted when he "discovered" New Zealand. It is named Young Nick's Head after the boy who spotted it, and as a reward, Cook named it after him.

    Young Nick's Head can be seen from the top of Kaiti Hill or from Kaiti Beach, Waikanae Beach or Midway Beach. It is private land, and sacred to the Maori, so you can't actually go to it..

    statue of Young Nick pointing toward the headland

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    Go Deep sea Diving or Fishing

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Being a coastal town, Gisborne naturally leads itself to being a good spot for fishing. I'm not much of a fisher-person myself, but my father is, and in fact, all the men on my Dad's side are keen fisherman, and all own their own boats!

    There are plenty of companies that offer chartered fishing and diving excursions. Follow the link below for a good list of people who provide it.

    If you're not keen on heading out to sea, quite a few people will head down to the rivers in the centre of town, or the wharf, and cast a line over the edge.

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    Waikanae Beach

    by amyLbrown2002 Written Aug 15, 2006

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    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!

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    Gisborne Wine and Food Festival

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yet another showcase of our lovely wine and food! Gisborne is a well-known wine region, and I can highly recommend our Reisling!

    Anyways ... This is held in October on Labour Day (the actualy date changes, but it's usually the last sunday in October). All the major wineries in the region are present, and it is hosted by a different winery each year.

    Another great day out.

    Tickets are $35

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    Taste Gisborne Event

    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This has become a key summer event in the Gisborne Calendar and is a great fun day out for all. It's a showcase of all the best food, wine and talent that Gisborne has to offer. It's a family event, and there are activities for the kids, loads of live bands, entertainment and food.

    Held the last sunday in January.

    $5 children; $30 adult; $70 family pass

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    Princess Diana Tree

    by pedroswift Updated Jun 4, 2009

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    Situated amongst the trees on Kaiti Hill is a reminder of the late Princess Diana:
    A plaque commemorating the planting of a Pohutukawa Tree during the Royal visit to New Zealand in1983.
    Fortunately the tree has flourished and is a beautiful Memorial to the Princess, the memory of whom still strikes a chord in the hearts of citizens of our Commonwealth around the world.

    Pohutukawa is know as the New Zealand Christmas Tree with masses of red flowers maturing in December each year in most parts of the North Island. Even in May, during our visit, this particularly handsome tree with its pink seed pods and hanging, fibrous aerial roots looked spectacular: a fitting memorial to the Princess.

    photo2: commemorative plaque
    photo3: close up of foliage, aerial roots

    Pohutukawa - fitting memorial to Diana Plaque close up
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