Things to do in Gisborne

Gisborne Events

With a calendar of year-round entertainment and experiences to delight you, the land of the first light is a fun-filled destination that offers something for everyone. Kick off the new year at the legendary Rhythm and Vines Music Festival, experience the uniquely Gisborne, Beer Festival or partake in the annual Chardonnay Affair in the heart of award-winning East Coast wineries – the choice is yours. Because with every season, there’s always a reason to escape to the East Coast.

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TEAL Authentic Thai Massage Gisborne

We recommend you take time out for your body and mind to truly RELAX. Relieve aches and leave that day-to-day stress behind you. Feel rejuvenated so you can enjoy all of what Gisborne has to offer. Highly trained therapists can now offer a range of traditional massage indulgence from their new on-site studio at Teal Motor Lodge. Bookings are limited & by appointment only.

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Dive Tatapouri

Dive Tatapouri takes you where the wild things are. Located in stunning Tatapouri Bay just a 15-minute drive from Gisborne, this is New Zealand’s only wild stingray encounter. Venture out to an interactive reef ecology tour with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers abound. For a completely immersive experience, you can even snorkel and swim with stingrays and tick that off your bucket list.

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East Coast Road Trip

One of NZ's least explored classic road trips that deserves to be ticked off your 'must do list'. State Highway 35, also known as the Pacific Coast Highway is between Opotiki and Gisborne. A sealed meandering 335 km road where there are no shopping malls, wine bars or boutique cafes ... just raw Kiwi countryside, sleepy settlements and stunning isolated beaches. There are many natural attractions to explore as you step back in time. Pack a lunch and enjoy the journey ...

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Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and encompasses over 131 hectares planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. A wonderful day out to admire the renowned natural beauty that is the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator.

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Gisborne Rail Bike Adventure

A totally unique tandem rail bike cycle on 90 spectacular kilometres of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa is a must-do in Gisborne. There’s nothing quite like watching the scenery unfold before your eyes as you pedal your way across stunning native forest, through enchanting tunnels and viaducts to the beautiful Mahia peninsula. A smooth cycle that’s almost impossible to fall off of, you can railbike to your heart's content and discover the hidden gems of the East Coast along the way.

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Gisborne - Surf City

The lure of wide-open beaches, a variety of breaks, consistent winds and strong swells – all of this together is the makings of New Zealand’s surf city. Whatever your reason to come to Gisborne, in search of epic surf, in hopes of that endless wave - the Land of the First Light won’t disappoint. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or pro surfer, there are numerous classic surfing breaks awaiting you within close proximity.


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Gisborne Wine Centre

Taste and experience all that the Gisborne wine region has to offer at the Gisborne Wine Centre located in the city's beautiful inner harbour. An extensive range of Gisborne wines are available for tasting along with locally brewed beer, local ciders and a selection of locally produced platters. The Gisborne Wine Centre is the perfect start to further explore the trail of Gisborne's wineries.

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Rere Rockslide

This secluded attraction has been described as 'the best free fun you can have in NZ'. Located via a scenic 30-minute drive inland from Gisborne, Rere Rock Slide is a spectacular 60m natural rock face where you can slide down a cascading waterfall. Be sure to pack your lunch, camera and a tyre tube or bodyboard. It’s hard to believe this unique attraction with it’s natural beauty and adrenaline rush has no admission fee! A fantastic commercial-free day out, full of fun for kids young and old!

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Sunshine Brewing

New Zealand’s oldest independent brewery is a state-of-the-art, steam powered brewhouse. The entire brewing process can be viewed from the Taproom that offers pizzas and a light snack menu, beer tasting boards, takeaway beer and growler filling. You may have to return several times to indulge in the 20+ taps of the freshest beer you’ll find on the East Coast.

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