Top 10 things to do in Tairāwhiti Gisborne
Wander around Eastwoodhill Arboretum
Stroll the pathways of Eastwoodhill Arboretum to discover one of the best tree collections in the southern hemisphere. There's a choice of trails, from the super-easy Blue Walk to the much-more-challenging Yellow Walk, which will take you up Mount Arataitai for massive views of the arboretum and beyond.
Graze the Tairāwhiti Gisborne restaurant precinct
Where two rivers converge you'll find a tasty selection of Tairāwhiti Gisborne restaurants. While there are several highly rated restaurants and cafes to choose from, USSCO Bar & Bistro consistently earns high scoring reviews from visitors and locals. Expect delectable modern food with a focus on locally sourced, fresh ingredients.
Try an Eastland espresso
You’ll find excellent locally-roasted coffee in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. It's also fair trade and organic, so you can feel especially good about drinking it. The Far East Coffee Co offers a choice of delicious roasts, which you can buy at their roastery on Awapuni Road. Enjoy a cup or two while you're there - they're also a much-loved Tairāwhiti Gisborne café.
Find yourself in a forest
Grey's Bush has walking tracks that let you explore a tall kahikatea forest with trees up to 500 years old. Birds living in the forest include native bellbirds, tui, fantails and wood pigeons. Walking the full circuit takes about an hour.
Browse the best Tairāwhiti Gisborne museum
Want to see a vintage surfboard collection, a settler's cottage and an exhibition of genuine Māori waka? The Tairāwhiti Museum focuses on the Māori and colonial history of Tairāwhiti Gisborne and the East Cape region. It also incorporates an art gallery.
Bag yourself a movie
At the Dome, Tairāwhiti Gisborne film fanatics see the movies everyone's talking about. Join them for an evening of cinematic excellence, made extra comfortable with bean bag seating. Look up and you'll see the gorgeous stained glass domes that give this Tairāwhiti Gisborne cinema its name.
Squeal with delight at Rere
At Rere, just 30-minute drive inland from Tairāwhiti Gisborne, you can slither down a natural rockslide for 60 metres of outrageous fun. Smoothed by eons of constantly running water, the slide is a wild ride you'll never forget. You'll need a body board or inflatable for this unique Eastland experience.
Relax at Morere Hot Springs
Natural hot pools are a North Island speciality - they're part of our country's amazing volcanic heritage. The Tairāwhiti Gisborne hot pools that offer the best experience are at Morere, where hot and cool pools are nestled within a pristine native rainforest. You can soak away stress and sore muscles while you bask in gorgeous green scenery.
Catch a Tairāwhiti Gisborne sunrise
Tairāwhiti Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the new day, so get up early and head for the beach to watch the sunrise. Bring a breakfast picnic to make a meal of it - the local artisan bakery can stock your basket with delicious pastries. If you're feeling celebratory, toast the sun with a glass of Tairāwhiti Gisborne sparkling reserve cuvee. The best Tairāwhiti Gisborne sunrise beach is Waikanae, because it’s handy to the city centre.
Snap a selfie on Kaiti Hill
The Captain Cook statue on Kaiti Hill is Tairāwhiti Gisborne's favourite selfie spot. You can snap yourself with the captain, then enjoy vast views of Poverty Bay, the harbour and Tairāwhiti Gisborne city.