Tairawhiti Museum information
Lonely Planet review
The Tairawhiti Museum focuses on East Coast Maori and colonial history. Its gallery is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating exhibits, and excellent historic photographic displays. There's also a maritime wing, with displays on waka , whaling and Cook’s Poverty Bay, although these pale in comparison to the vintage surfboard collection.
There’s a shop and tearoom-style cafe overlooking Kelvin Park, while outside is the reconstructed Wyllie Cottage (1872), Gisborne’s oldest house.