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Gisborne Things to Do

  • Tairawhiti Museum well worth a visit

    I was really impressed with the Tairawhiti Museum. The exhibits are so well set out and presented. It is small, yet extensive, you wander from room to room to explore and discover.The museum holds your interest as you read and learn about this area and culture. Plenty of Maori culture here to learn about and very impressive items on display.The...

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  • Taste Gisborne Event

    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...

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  • Gisborne Wine and Food Festival

    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...

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  • Rere Rock Slide and Falls

    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...

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  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum

    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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  • Morere Hot Springs

    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...

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  • Vintage Steam Railway

    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...

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  • Go Deep sea Diving or Fishing

    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...

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  • Princess Diana Tree

    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...

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  • Historic Setting

    My navigator and I took great delight in the décor of The Works Café and the welcome we received when we walked through the door for the first time. We liked it so much, we visited twice for morning coffee and once for lunch during our short stay in Gisborne.We were attracted immediately we saw the place by the old building and the vine covered...

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  • Modern& Traditional Italian at its best

    A promise by the proprietor of the Whispering Sands Motel that we would not be disappointed by The Fettuccine Brothers had us booking a table for dinner. We were not disappointed.Entry to the restaurant is via a front room with lounges and a well stocked bar. On a chilly Autumn evening, the warmth of the ambiance was matched by the welcome from the...

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  • A Decadent Night Out

    This reataurant is a wee way out of the city centre, but it adds to the charm. It's got country charm mixed with a lot of elegance.This is considered one of the "posh" restaurants and is a bit more expensive than the others. The whole place is covered in wood panelling and the bar area where you have a drink before your meal is dominated by a large...

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  • Great Icecreams

    This place has a great location - it's right on the beach front, so is perfect to pick up an icecream (which is large!) and then wander down the beach with it. This does mean that it can get ridiculously busy, however.You can also grab a take away lunch (sandwiches, hot chips) there is also seating if you want to sit in.

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  • Lovely location

    This is a nice resturant, the last time I visited home we had a lovely family dinner out here. It's right on the wharf, so you get to view all the boats, and when it's a hot sunny afternoon, you can sit outside or under the shade sail. The staff are always friendly. The Open sandwiches on the lunch menu are divine. For dinner have the Pork Belly -...

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  • mmmm Indian food.

    I love indian food and I am pleased to see that Gisborne now has three Indian Restaurants. Of the three, if I were going to dine at the restaurant, I would recommend Preet.The restaurant has a more Indian feel then the others and it is a nice place to dine in.There are outdoor tables if you want to dine alfresco.Located at river end of town, the...

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Gisborne Nightlife

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    by amyLbrown2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The "Irish" as people refer to it is a bit of an institution in my mind. Whereas other bars and clubs have gone, The Irish has always been there. Every teenage growing up in Gisborne has been here at one time or another, drinking and dancing with their friends (myself included. In fact, loads of my friends have been waters/watresses behind the bar!)

    The Irish has many guises. It also has a function room which can be hired out, as well as being a pub, and a club and live music venue.

    It is frequented more by the younger set on a friday and saturday night, but it's a great venue for all the rest of the time.

    There is also a garden bar with BBQ's

    Dress Code: No big resttrictions, but guys you won't get in with jandals/flip flops/thongs on.

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Gisborne Transportation

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    Gisborne isn't huge, but like most places in New Zealand the public transport isn't up to scratch. You can walk to most places, but if you really want to get out and about, hire a car. There are loads of things to see and do in the vicinity that you wouldmiss otherwise

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Gisborne Shopping

  • Best place for sunnies/ glasses repair

    In Gisborne, you need sunnies. And the people at Steberson are extremely lovely and so very helpful. They know their stuff - this is evidenced by the amount of awards they have on their walls! The women that work there topped their classes at Optician school for both Aussie and NZ, and the guy that owns it is one of the tutors!!In Gisborne you need...

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  • Main Street.

    Gisborne's shopping centre is basically confined to the main street (Gladstone Road).The shops are generally moderately priced goods with the main emphasis on casual clothing.There are plenty of cafes and coffee houses providing breakfast / lunch etc with quite a few offering outdoor dining options.The overall area is attractive with plantings of...

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Gisborne Local Customs

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    by amyLbrown2002 Written Jan 22, 2007

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    The East Coast of New Zealand, which is where Gisborne lies, has one of the larger percentages of Maori population. Ao you will find that many people will pepper their conversations with a few Maori words.

    This is helped along by the government's drive to incorporate the Maori language into everyday life in our culture.

    Here are a few words that every Kiwi knows:

    Kia Ora: Hello
    Whanau: Family
    Whare: House
    Taniwha: Sea Monster
    Haere Mai: Welcome
    Tamariki: Children

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Gisborne What to Pack

  • If Visiting in Summer

    As it is a coastal town, fashion in Gisborne is highly motivated by the beach. Cool clothing is a must - especially as it will be hot! Comfy sandals are what everyone will be wearing, and light clothing - T-shirt/shorts/skirts. Definitely bring sunglasses, you WILL need them!

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  • Sunscreen is a must!

    Some may think, oh yeah, thats a given, but it really is important. The burn time in New Zealand, especially in the height of summer can be as little as a couple of minutes, and without that ozone layer up there to stop those rays, you'll be doing yourself damage if you don't cover up

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Gisborne Off The Beaten Path

  • Travel up the east cape

    Get to some of the surrounding areas like up the east cape Tologa Bay is a cute old town with a huge footbridge, or Wainui is an awesome surf beach.There are also some nice waterfalls further inland 'Rere' I think where there is meant to be a huge natural slide but it is pretty hard to find.

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  • Tolaga: the longest pier of New Zealand

    We visited Tolaga Bay Wharf on our way around the East Cape, but it is also a nice day trip from Gisborne via SH 35, the so called Pacific Coast Highway.This is the longest pier in New Zealand with its more than 650 metres length. It was built around 1930 to allow ships to unload at al tides. But nowadays it has fallen in disrepair and everywhere...

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  • Mahia Peninsula: two kind of beaches

    Mahia Peninsula is situated between Gisborne and Wairoa. It is about 1 hour drive from Gisborne along SH 2; in Nuhaka is a turn off to the peninsula. The scenic roads follows Hawke Bay and we passed several stunning beaches with big waves and already views on Mahia Peninsula.Through an isthmus we did reach the settlement of Mahia Beach with a very...

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Gisborne Favorites

  • by hollyday Written May 15, 2004

    Favorite thing: Gisbornes main attraction has to the sweeping sandy beaches that surround the district.
    Most of the city beaches provide safe swimming but the beach is also patrolled by lifeguards to be on the safe side.

    Surfing is very popular here but the best surfing spots are 'up the coast', about a 10 -15 minute drive from the city.

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