Trees and Vines
A Short Break
Beautiful places, wonderful food and wine – all in the relaxed vibe of Gisborne. Weekends away don’t get better than this! Welcome to the region of Tairāwhiti Gisborne.
Given this is the region first to see the light – you will be tempted to be up early to catch the new dawn – go on – you must do it at least once!
Start your Saturday consumption with home baking like grandma used to make it, macadamia nut butters and real raw honey, and a whole lot of seasonal fruit and veg all available at the Gisborne Farmers Market.
Venture out to one (or more) of Gisborne’s’ many cellar doors. As one of New Zealand’s oldest wine-making regions, we have something for everyone, from Chardonnay to Chenin Blanc and Viognier. This is great way to spend an afternoon before checking out some of the best local dining experiences Gisborne has to offer.
Enjoy a slow start to this morning and grab brekky at one of Gisborne cities mouth-watering cafes. Flagship Eatery is a great choice for a long leisurely breakfast where you can tuck into fresh scones, homemade crumpets and much more. Or pop over to the quaint little café that is Curbside Kitchen based in Ballance Street Village for some delectable little treats.
Make your way to Eastwoodhill Arboretum for a truly scenic drive to New Zealand’s National Arboretum. An off-the-beaten-track natural wonderland, this is the place for some serious forest bathing. Wander across 131 hectares of peaceful surrounds, lush gardens, majestic trees, and walking trails that feature an incredible collection of exotic and native trees, shrubs and climber plantings. Lay down and look up through the fabulous canopy and contemplate the story of how this national treasure came to be.
Its eccentric creator and subsequent guardians have left an unbelievable global tree legacy tucked away in a wee corner of NZ – Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees in the Southern Hemisphere! Not only is it a wonderful place to visit but through partnerships with research institutions and its unique geographic location, it serves as an arboreal ark – a veritable safe haven for threatened trees across the world.
You’ll also find a café serving delicious scones, slices and coffee – a wonderful place to lose track of time.