Gisborne & Wairoa Airports
P: 06 867 7128 (24 hours)
F: 06 868 1948
M: 0274 323 103
Based at Gisborne & Wairoa Airports, Ashworth Helicopters specialises in scenic flights, hunting and fishing safaris and services to Eastland’s vast wilderness areas. Guides and equipment available for all outdoor activities. Ten minute scenic flights over Gisborne and beaches for groups up to five. Heli-fishing to excellent fishing spots on the East Coast. Sunrise flights to Mount Hikurangi, first to see the sunrise each day. Three helicopters operating.
Discover Tangaroa and its children – Dive Tatapouri situated on the waterfront 10mins from Gisborne is the perfect place to unwind while soaking up the local culture, history and unique marine surroundings.Our interactive Reef Ecology Tour is famous for its wild stingray feeding and is one of the most popular and unique things to do in New Zealand.
Not just any old cinema! The Dome Cinema is a charming mixture of the modern and fun, of old elegance and romance. Somehow it makes you feel right at home. We invite you to come cosy up with a drink, and a gourmet pizza. For some good old fashioned entertainment, an experience to engage the senses and capture the imagination.
Cycle up an appetite and experience the Gisborne region.
Pack a picnic or grab one of our gourmet picnics and head off on a comfy bike tour bike with a local map to discover our beautiful region. From half day through to three day tours. We can connect you to accommodation options or provide fully inclusive cycle tours for you.
Through the Gisborne i-SITE
209 Grey Street
P: 06 868 6139
Mini Golf is a fun and inexpensive way for the family to spend quality time – or for friends to hang out together.
Our fees are just $6 per person – or 4 people for $20. Open during i-SITE hours or you can even hire the Mini Golf course for private functions after hours! Birthday parties, work functions, fundraisers, email us to find out more.
There is also now a Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf loyalty card offering your 10th game of Mini Golf FREE!
Thanks to the Eastland Community Trust, the JN Williams Memorial Trust and HB Williams Turanga Trust.
Main Road, SH2
Open 7 days (only closed Christmas Day). Open from 10am, closing time varies throughout the season.
Entry: adult $12, child $6. Private pools $15 for half hour.
Towel hire available $2.50. Coin operated BBQ, $1 & $2.
Eastland is a paradise for cycling. Best known is the Motu Trails, one of 23 Great Rides that make up the New Zealand Cycle Trail. Motu Trails offers everything from easy family riding to true back country escape. The two main entry points onto the Motu Trails are Opotiki and Matawai, which is just one hour’s drive from Gisborne.
Linking in, the Rere Falls Trail is mostly on quiet sealed and gravel roads, between Gisborne and Matawai. Around Eastland, there are many other options to ride. Click here for trail details and maps.
Multiple businesses serve the Motu Trails, Rere and other rides, including bike hire, shuttle transport, supported/guided tours, food, accommodation and more. Check here for listings.
The Dunes Trail is the family-friendly section of the Motu Trails, starting in Opotiki. It meanders along a spectacular 10km stretch of Pacific Ocean coast to Jackson Road and the start of the Motu Road Trail. You get many panoramic views of the sparkling sea, and to White Island (Whakaari) and the East Cape ranges.
MOTU ROAD TRAIL
The Motu Road Trail follows the historic road from the Pacific coast to Matawai. This was part of the first through-road between Gisborne and the Eastern Bay of Plenty, with the first car making the journey in 1915. The riding is rated intermediate (grade 3). You’re passing through remote bush country and farmland. The trail can be ridden from either direction, with more downhill riding starting from Matawai (elevation 500m).
The Pakihi was first opened in 1914, as part of a horse track from Motu down to Opotiki. It is now a key part of the Motu Trails and is a sensational wilderness ride. The most popular way to ride the Pakihi is to get a shuttle from Opotiki up to the hilltop above the track start. You have no real uphills to tackle and the surface is generally well formed. However, the track is narrow with many drop-offs to the side. Often, there are small rock falls and rock debris — it is a back-country track in challenging terrain.
RERE FALLS TRAIL
Rere Falls Trail stretches between Gisborne and Matawai, taking in mostly quiet sealed and gravel roads. This 103km ride is termed a Heartland Ride, as part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail. You can ride Rere Falls Trail in either direction. You begin your ride on riverside cycleway and across the plains, home to some of Gisborne’s finest vineyards and wineries. 35km from Gisborne, Eastwoodhill is the National Arboretum of New Zealand and has a stunning display of exotic and native trees. By linking Rere Falls Trail with the Motu Road Trail, you can create a stunning 170km (approx) ‘Coast to Coast’ ride, Gisborne-Opotiki. There are plenty of big hills, but it is a brilliant crossing of heartland New Zealand.
The Pacific Highway from Gisborne to Opotiki is a wonderful multi-day journey, taking from two days (super-fit) to a week (cruising). You can return to Gisborne by riding over SH2, featuring the beautiful Waioeka Gorge, then Rere Falls Trail. SH35 has been known for decades as an epic on-road ride, attracting many overseas cycle tourists each year.
Click here for other rides.
138 St John Street
We welcome riders and trampers alike to use any of our services. Leave your vehicle in our secure parking area, hire one of our extensive range of bikes and hit the trails or take our shuttle service to your preferred starting point. Shower facilities are available.
Hire one of the following bikes suitable for your needs.Road, Mountain, Trail, Comfort, Kids Bikes, Tag-a-longs, Baby Carriers, Tandems and Retro Cruisers.
We have a 16 bed bunkhouse. Eftpos and online banking are available. We look forward to meeting you!
79 Gladstone Road
P: 06 867 3339
Enjoy the latest movies in air conditioned comfort. A choice of 25 screenings per day. Popular local theatre, ice creams and popcorn.
Located 20mins from town in a rural quiet setting, with established trees and tranquil river. Treks are built around rider ability, novice and experienced are catered for. Families are a specialty as we have small ponies up to big horses.
Come and have a fun day out. Group transport available by arrangement.
Also available: many other exciting horse and pony activities.
One of the very best things anyone in Gisborne can do is book in for a learn to surf lesson with Frank.
Frank is a great coach, NZ Level Certified and is a living example of love what you do and do what you love.
Surfboard and wetsuit provided. Max 4 people per coach. Surfboard and wetsuit hire available: 3 hours $30.00. Allow approx 2 hours per lesson.
|2-4 Surfers (each)||NZ$60.00|
|3 Lesson concession||NZ$140.00|
WA165 locomotive comes out of retirement for special steam trips and excursions for you and your families out in the sun. What makes our steam trips so special is the travel across the airport (the only one in the southern hemisphere).
For information on excursions and tickets, please contact the Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre on 06 868 61239.
Rob and Hilary
Enjoy the flexibility and intimacy of these small group guided hiking tours of the Lake Waikaremoana Track, Te Urewera National Park, Whirinaki Forest, guided hiking tours in Tongariro National Park and the Tongariro Crossing, Whakatane and Rotorua, New Zealand.
We are New Zealanders with a passion for the area and extensive knowledge of the flora, fauna and history you will encounter during your wilderness experience. Qualmarked.