Flights to Gisborne
Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning. It's known for wonderful food, wine, culture and surfing.
Things to do in Gisborne
There's a lot to love about Gisborne. It has a gorgeous coastline, plenty of sunshine and a reputation for turning out award-winning chardonnays. It also has an easy-going mood that makes it very easy to slow down and appreciate the finer details of life. Sip a nicely-balanced pilsner brewed at the local Sunshine Brewery, tuck into perfectly crisp fish and chips, and enjoy the Pacific Ocean as it rolls perfect waves onto the beach.
The tracks wind around ponds and lakes, revealing amazing vistas at every corner. If you pack a picnic, you could make a whole day of it.
When the sun gets up, Gisborne is the first city to see it. And the ultimate place to catch a sunrise is Mt Hikurangi, the sacred maunga (mountain) of the Ngāti Porou people. With permission from Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou, you can hike to the summit and watch the sun come up. To achieve this, it's best to hike to the accommodation hut in the afternoon, stay the night, and then rise before dawn to walk up to the summit.
Another truly Eastland experience is Eastwoodhill Arboretum. It's the tree equivalent of an art gallery, with the largest collection of northern hemisphere trees south of the equator. You don't have to be a botanist to enjoy this park; wandering the many pathways is simply a beautiful way to get connected with nature. The tracks wind around ponds and lakes, revealing amazing vistas at every corner. If you pack a picnic, you could make a whole day of it.
A little further on from Eastwoodhill is Rere, where the Wharekopae River delivers a heavenly cascade of water that's 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall. You can do more than look at these falls, because the reserve includes an amazing mossy rockslide for 60 metres of unstoppable fun. Some kind of inflatable water toy is recommended for this natural waterpark sliding experience.
There's a lot of history in Gisborne. It's where the Māori waka (canoes) Horouta and Tākitumu first landed, and it's also where Captain Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil in 1769. If surfing history is more your thing, you'll be interested to know that stand-up 'zip boards' were first used at Wainui Beach in 1959 and the famously long rides of Makorori Point were discovered by local surfers in the early 1960s.
Best time to go
While Gisborne has pleasant weather all year round, most people choose to visit in spring or autumn.
How much will it cost?
Not including air travel and hotels, you should allow about NZD $100 to $150 a day per person for food and entertainment.
There are no mandatory vaccinations required for visitors to New Zealand.
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