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Relax and Recharge

Stay and Play

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is home to an unexpected mix of must-do experiences while on a relaxation journey. Make sure to wake early at least once while in Tairāwhiti Gisborne – the land of the first light. Serene scenes will greet you as the rays’ peak over the horizon to bring forward the new day.

Find a spot to base yourself, sample the tasty delights of the region, take your pick of the experiences and explore this gem of a region.

Where to Stay


Views, tranquillity and comfort have got to be top of the list to find in accommodation when looking for a relaxing holiday. Tairāwhiti Gisborne has this and much more:

Manutuke Eco Retreat offers a peaceful paradise with its own wetland lake views to relax and refresh in. Stylishly decorated the specially designed tents have plenty of room for tranquil living. (Pictured)

On the other side of town is The Blackhouse in Wainui, a stunning boutique experience with views from farm to ocean. Every little detail has been thought about and presented in a grand way.

Cedar House B&B is a historic character home offering guests’ warmth, comfort and privacy all within a few minutes’ walk to the city centre. Owner Jane provides quality hospitality that has come with years of living and travelling.

If you find yourself on the coast and don’t quite want to leave just yet? Extend day trips for a night in Te Puka Tavern in Tokomaru Bay. With sumptuous meals and situated right on the Pacific Ocean this is an ideal place to stop and rest for a while.

Where to Play


Find beauty and tranquillity at Eastwoodhill. Each season New Zealand’s National Arboretum provides a new perspective of the dream to preserve natures best. Over 131 hectares have planted in exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings.
Starting in 1910, the collection was planted by Douglas Cook and is regarded as the largest and most comprehensive collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator.

Choose the e-bike option with Railbike Adventures and settle in for the easiest cycling experience you can find.  You experience an amazing new cycling adventure on the very scenic 90 kilometres of coastal railway between Gisborne and Wairoa. A totally unique tandem cycle that allows you to pedal side-by-side along the actual rails! No balancing or steering required, just relax and take in our spectacular east coast scenery!

Rays and Heydays


After an easy wade out onto the reef with Dive Tatapouri the excitement of patting a wild stingray will be a true highlight.  A world famous interactive marine experience with Stingrays and other sea life. Our Visitors get to discover the Tamariki (Children) of Tangaroa (the Maori God of the Sea), whilst immersing themselves in the local culture and magical marine surroundings of Tatapouri on the East Coast of the North Island, where the first light touches our shores.

Take a stroll around the Tairāwhiti Museum and lose yourself in the arts, local culture and heritage stories that provide a new level of appreciation, understanding and enjoyment.

Star Gazing


Driving a road that weaves its way along an ever-changing coast is what the picturesque State Highway 35 journey provides. A quick day trip from Gisborne is to Tolaga Bay for a leisurely stroll along the longest wharf structure in the southern hemisphere.

Spend an evening gazing at the stars – either from the comfort of a bean bag and with a glass of local wine at Dome Cinema, or through the lens of a top of the range telescope with an astronomer at Gisborne Astro Tours.

The Best Bite

Locals Tip

Tairāwhiti Gisborne provides a culinary journey that stretches from mountain to sea with bountiful forests, alluvial plains and a seafood lovers paradise.

Passionate food creators all over the region have designed new and adventurous ways to serve up all that the region has to offer. You’ll find Manuka specialities in Te Araroa, Paua Pies in Tokomaru Bay and Broadbills Uawa the beach front food trailer in Tolaga Bay, which serves up the best oven-baked pizzas. There are many inner-city eateries creating new dishes and putting their own spin on classic favourites.

You’re spoilt for choice for brunch spots but the hottest hits are definitely Frank and Albie’s for bagel delights, Nina’s Kitchen for a balance of naughty and nice, or Flagship for an all-day breakfast. Or stop in at Puku Ora Eatery for the most delicious lunch and snack health alternatives.

The Works and USScO are two Gisborne restaurants that take fine-dining to a new level, with menus that take advantage of seasonal offerings, great atmospheres and supreme service that you won’t forget.

The Best Brew

Locals Tip

Sunshine Brewery has been creating all-natural batch brewed beers since 1989 and offers a tasting room experience with taproom views, great local atmosphere and delicious snacks to compliment.

Venture out to a cellar door to experience the delicious wine blends created by fertile soils and sun-kissed vines. From award-winning Chardonnay to Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Rose, Malbec and Montepulciano. You will be sure to grab your favourites to take home.