Best of Gisborne

Visit Gisborne, the first city to see the sun each day and a great spot to relax on a holiday in the North Island of New Zealand!

Located on the East Coast of the North Island, Gisborne is one of New Zealand’s sunniest spots packed with many activities and attractions.  With so much to see and do, we have listed our top picks to explore Gisborne and the Eastland region.


Go surfing or lay on the sandy beaches of Waikanae, Midway and Wainui to enjoy the sunny rays.

Tip: Head to Makorori Point for good swells and surfing spots.

Wine tasting

Visit a vineyard to taste some of the best award-winning Chardonnays the region is famous for. 

Tip: Be sure to try the Millton Clos Ste. Anne Naboth’s vineyard Chardonnay or the Matawhero Gisborne Chardonnay. 


Explore the native trees, plants and walking trails at the National Arboretum of New Zealand.  

Tip: Visit during springtime to see the new plant life and vibrant colours or during a season change to see the different colours of the foliage.  


Come to Gisborne to check out some great events that are held throughout the year: 

  • Gisborne Wine and Food Festival: Taste the best of the region’s food and wine and enjoy the entertainment.
  • Dawn Raid Beach Day Out: Come to a day on the beach filled with hip hop music and fun.
  • Rhythm and Vines: Held annually on New Year’s Eve, the event features several bands performing for the concert held in a Gisborne vineyard.


Go on a guided fishing trip to the best spots for catching terakihi, tuna, snapper, and groper. 

Tip: February and March are some of the best months for fishing in the East Cape. 

Book in a trip to Gisborne and enjoy time exploring the Eastland region on your next holiday!

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