Gisborne for the young at heart

Being the first place in the world to see the sun and offering vineyards, boutique shops and stunning beaches, Gisborne is a great holiday destination.

Its tropical climate is not the only thing Gisborne has to boast about - the city is also home to a number of vineyards, boutique shops and cultural and historical activities for visitors to enjoy. Below I have listed a nice mixture of activities the area has to offer to get you thinking about how to spend your time in the sunny city prior to your arrival. 

My Top 5 Activities For The Young at Heart in Gisborne

1. Tipuna tours 

If you have never been to the East Coast and you're interested in learning about the history and culture of the area then a day with Tipuna Tours is just what you need to kick start your stay in Gisborne. There are a number of different tours to choose from which vary in length and destinations, but each tours centrally share stories of the areas rich maori heritage and explore the towns popular features. It is a great way to find your way around the town whilst learning about the fascinating local history.

2. Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery

With a strong reputation as one of the best museums in the country, the Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery presents a variety of exhibitions, photography and art which change on a regular basis, but an engaging display of significant historical times and stories is always guaranteed. The admission price is $5 everyday except Mondays where visitors enter for free. 

3. Explore the gardens at Eastwoodhill

The New Zealand nature is something the country boasts of over and over again, and the Eastwoodhill Gardens is a perfect example of why. Spread over 135 hectares, the gardens encompass the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees and shrubs that exists south of the equator, and has been titled the "National Arboretum of New Zealand". There are a number of ways visitors can explore the garden, including independent walks along the established tracks, cycle tours and the option of joining a guided tour.

4. East Coast Museum of Technology 

A fascinating display of technological developments that have occurred throughout history, the ECMoT is a great place to visit when in Gisborne. Many of the museums items have a specific reference to the local history, and caters to a variety of interests. Open 7 days a week and only $5 entry fee, so its an easy, affordable and interesting afternoon out.

5. Daily wine tour

Being the third largest grape-growing region in the country, visiting the local vineyards is an essential part of your stay in Gisborne. Daily wine tours are offered with Gisborne Wine Tours 7 days a week - and being the chardonnay capital the tour ofcourse involves a taster or three! Tours last for about 5 hours and include stops at three winery cellar doors, an antipasto lunch and wine tastings. The price is $110 pp, which may seem rather steep but I think you definitely get your moneys worth!

Luxury Motel Style Gisborne Accommodation Perfect For The Young at Heart

When going away, its always nice to stay close to the beach, even if its the middle of winter! And being the one of the sunniest cities in the country, even the colder months require a visit to the beach. We have the perfect accommodation option that takes advantage of Gisbornes generous weather whilst also prioritising comfort and convenience.

Ocean Beach Motor Lodge - An onsite restaurant and bar, beach-front, room service and just 5 minutes from the city centre, this luxury lodge really does have everything you could ask of from accommodation. Executive studio, spa studio and 1 & 2 bedroom units available, most including a private courtyard. 

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