Gisborne

Gisborne is lucky enough to occupy a beautiful and remote part of New Zealand.  Its isolation perched out on the most easterly edge of the country has shaped the town and its charming coastal character.

The city is compact, easy to navigate and surrounded by world class surf beaches, quality vineyards, groves of citrus, magnificent trees and wild rivers that meander towards empty beaches.

Gisborne enjoys some of the best weather in New Zealand.  It’s thanks to the high, hot sunshine hours, fertile clay loam soils and some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the country, that Gisborne is famous for producing exceptional Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Malbec.

Gisborne Wine Country photo courtesy of Gisborne Wine Growers

Rich in history, Gisborne has played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand’s origins.  It’s where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769.  Click here to take a look at the “An Historic Walk Through Turanga/Gisborne” brochure.

Captain Cook statue photo by Gray Clapham

But really, Gizzy – as it’s fondly known – is all about beaches and surfing.  There are many stunning beaches to choose from, a fact that is well known within the surfing fraternity, with surfers from around the world visiting Gisborne to make the most of the legendary waves.

Surf lesson by Kelly Adams

Once you’ve had your fill of sun, surf and sand you can make your way inland through the spectacular Poverty Bay Flats.  The drive to the National Arboretum at Eastwoodhill will take you through fertile countryside where much of the fresh produce grown in New Zealand comes from, not to mention the plethora of vineyards that make this a stunning drive.

Eastwoodhill in Autumn photo courtesy of Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Just down the road, Rere Falls is a lovely spot to swim and picnic, while for the more adventurous the Rere Rockslide is sixty metres of sheer exhilaration.

Rere Falls by Liam Clayton

For more info about Eastwoodhill, Rere Waterfall and Rere Rockslide click here.

Rere Rockslide photo by Bare Kiwi

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