Gisborne is the main city of the East Coast with a population of just over 40,000 as at June 2020. Gisborne region is great place to explore surrounding areas including Mt Hikurangi, the Pacific Coast Highway, Eastwoodhill Aboretum, Lake Waikaremoana and Mahia Peninsula. Gisborne is rich in history. This is where the Maori migratory waka, Horouta first landed and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769. Our region is known as Tairawhiti which means "the coast upon which the sun shines across the water".
Visit a winery and indulge in a drop of local award winning chardonnay. Relax on a beautiful sandy beach or swim and surf some of the best waves in New Zealand. Go fishing, either deep sea, fly fishing, or freshwater; there are world-class opportunities everywhere. Stroll the cafés, restaurants and bars of the vibrant harbour overlooking the picturesque wharf. Dine on fresh local produce including seafood, cheese, fruit, vegetables and of course wine. Visit Kaiti Hill for superb city, harbour and beach views.
Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning. Watch the sunrise from Maunga Hikurangi. Be the first to see the new day dawn on the highest non-volcanic peak in the North Island.
Gisborne has a reputation for amazing food, wine / beer and surf beaches. As the unofficial 'Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand', Gisborne has a comprehensive wine trail leading to boutique wineries.
Agriculture has been Gisborne region's most important industry since earliest settlement. In fact, this humble, sunny settlement produces a whopping 56 percent of New Zealand’s citrus, with the deliciously sweet Meyer Lemon being the biggest crop. You must try Gisborne Navel Oranges and our mandarins – you won’t be disappointed.
There are also some awesome walking and cycling tracks to be had all within 9km of the city centre. Walks start as easy as a flat stroll along beachside/boardwalks to more demanding afternoon missions up to stunning lookouts. Whatever your style or fitness level, there is a walk for you in Gisborne.
If you are here on the weekend every Saturday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm on the corner of Stout Street (opposite the museum) you will find the Gisborne Farmers Market. Here you will find locally grown seasonal produce, enjoy live music, delicious ready to eat food and fair-trade coffee. Take home a bounty of fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables, artisan cheese, wine, macadamia nuts and other crafted products.
Waikanae Beach Motel can offer Accommodation throughout Gisborne, or stay at the motel which is across the road from one of the best beaches in NZ and enjoy Swimming at Waikanae Beach or picnic in the Titirangi Recreation Reserve (Kaiti Hill). Short walk to Gisborne Skatepark and camping ground.