Gisborne – A sunny place to surf, wine, dine, and more!

A wise man once discovered the concept of working to earn one’s livelihood. Following this, one wiser man discovered the concept of holidaying at exotic places, since all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, now doesn’t it? Talking of exotic vacationing spots, Gisborne is one such place, which is located on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand and is one of sunniest and happiest seaside towns in New Zealand. Gisborne is also a 4-hour drive away from Rotorua, and could be reached via rental cars.

Full of beaches and fancy restaurants, Gisborne is a must-visit place for the lovers of vitamin-sea. And, while you’re there in Gisborne, make sure to check out a few places listed below:

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Get Around the City!

Gisborne is a town that could be best explored on foot. There are various fun walkways designed for tourists, which go through the town and its surroundings, while covering all the lovely tourist points. Gisborne City Historic Walk is one such walk that is 1-3 hours long and takes the tourists through various historic spots of the town. Riverside Walkway is also another wonderful walkway that is designed along the banks of rivers Turanganui and Taruheru to show the tourists the inner parts of the city. For more adventurous visitors, Kaiti Hill serves as the best trekking area, which lets the tourists spot the Wainui Beach, and since Kaiti Beach is the first site of Captain Cook’s landing in New Zealand, it’s also crowned with a bronze statue of the late Captain James Cook. Whinray Scenic Reserve, another famous tourist spot, is a whopping 429-hectare area of just greenery and nature spread in a way that it goes down to a set of waterfalls on the river Motu.

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Wine (and of course, great food) – the Love of Gods

Gisborne boasts of some of the fanciest and brilliant food options, starting from the market on the Stout Street, which is famous for good food, wine, beer, and cider. Moving on, we have Bollywood Stars, a Tandoori Indian restaurant that is famous for its spicy and delicious Indian curries served with different kinds of meat. Aiyana, Deli and Espresso is another place that is great for parents, who have young children, as the place not only offers freshly-prepared meals, bakery products, and coffee, but also has a play area for the kids. Saving the best for the last is a thing, right? Because this is why we have Bushmere Arms at the end of this list. One can reach the restaurant after driving through the serene and beautiful Poverty Bay Flats to enjoy the beauty of this romantic, old-fashioned restaurant, which also serves as a venue for various family functions like weddings.

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More Things to Do!

If you’re the one who’s big on surfing, then Gisborne provides just about the right opportunity for the same with its consistent swell, brilliant weather conditions, and its coastlines facing the east and south sides. Blitz Surf School is a place where one can learn surfing the waves like an expert with its well-trained coaching team. But if surfing isn’t your thing and you’re looking for something way more adventurous, then Ashworth Helicopters is the place for you, which provides scenic flights as well as hunting & fishing safaris to its passengers.

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Nicola Hilditch-Short

Nic is one half of the Roaming Renegades, a passionate traveller, climber, adventurer, photographer and artist who has a B.A in Fine Art and M.A in Design & Art Direction.
  • Clare Colley

    I loved Gisborne, it’s such a great town, I enjoyed exploring it and hanging out on the beach watching the surfers. It certainly is worth the visit 🙂

  • Gisborne Local

    Not sure if you realize one of the pics you’ve included is Napier not Gisborne (they’re completely different regions)

  • I’m super jelly. That looks like a great place to spend a few days. Thanks for the post 🙂

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