For a weekend away from the everyday, journey to Tairāwhiti Gisborne and explore the unspoilt landscape and learn more about this sacred land and its people on a modern day cultural adventure.
Discover our region’s most sacred treasures in Tairāwhiti Museum. From Tāonga Māori that includes Māori textiles, worked stone, carvings and weapons to fine arts and photography, the museum offers fascinating insights into the rich history and culture – old and new – of the region.
There’s no better way to top off the day than winding down at a winery. Pop by Bridge Estate, 120-year-old stables at a former vineyard, that have been revamped into a unique spot to enjoy local wines, beers and ciders alongside hearty platters.
From Gisborne, head up along State Highway 35 and make your way along the coastline to Dive Tatapouri. Book a Reef Ecology Tour that brings you face to face with wild stingrays in their natural marine environment.
As you wind your way further up along the coast, passing quaint villages and picturesque bay, you’ll come to beautiful Tolaga Bay. Walking the length of New Zealand’s longest wharf is a rite of passage for travellers, so make sure you stroll along the iconic Tolaga Bay Wharf.
Nearby is Cooks Cove Walkway if you want to visit the spot where in 1769 Captain James Cook anchored the HMS Endeavour to repair and restock the ship.
Don’t miss the legendary family owned food trailer that is Broadbills, Uawa. It’s situated at Tolaga Bay Wharf, famous for tantalising pizzas and delicious coffee and treats.
It’s time for some active relaxing and cultural immersion on the Tupapa Heritage Trail – a self-guided walk that takes you from Gisborne’s city centre to off road tracks. This 4km walk from the city to Titirangi Reserve (8 km return) is best done with the free Tupapa app. Connect with the events that shaped our country, in the places where they happened.
Don’t forget to check out some shopping in Gisborne for a treasure to take home.