Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Gisborne

Tairawhiti Museum

The Tairawhiti Museum, with its fab gallery extension, focuses on East Coast Māori and colonial history. It is Gisborne’s arts hub, with rotating exhibits and excellent historic photographic displays. There's also a…
Winery in Gisborne

Matawhero

Home of a particularly buttery chardy. Enjoy your picnic in bucolic splendour, accompanied by a flight of fine wines.
Gardens in Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Arboreal nirvana, Eastwoodhill Arboretum is the largest collection of northern hemisphere trees and shrubs in the southern hemisphere. It's staggeringly beautiful, and you could easily lose a day wandering around th…
Church in Pacific Coast Hwy

St Mary’s Church

If you haven't yet made it into a marae, you’ll get a fair idea of what you’re missing out on by visiting the extraordinary St Mary’s Church, built in 1924. It’s nothing special from the outside, but step inside for…
Brewery in Gisborne

Sunshine Brewery

Sunshine, Gisborne’s own natural brewery, has a fab new tasting room near Waikanae Beach, bottling-up a clutch of quality craft beers including the flagship Gisborne Gold lager. Tasting paddles (five beers) are $15.…
Church in Pacific Coast Hwy

Christ Church Raukokore

At blink-and-you'll-miss-it Raukokore, this old Anglican church (1894) is a sweet beacon of belief on a lonely promontory. The simple white and grey interior is suitably demure (look for the mouse on high). There ar…
Market in Gisborne

Gisborne Farmers Market

Stock up on fresh fruit, macadamia nuts (and macadamia nut paste!), smallgoods, honey, herbs, coffee, wine, bread, pastries, fish, cheese and Gisborne oranges…all of it locally grown or procured.
Winery in Gisborne

Bushmere Estate

Great chardonnay, gewürztraminer and cafe lunches at the sassy restaurant Vines (lunch mains $26 to $30), and live music on summer Sundays. Reduced winter hours; longer summer hours.
Church in Gisborne

Matawhero Church

Some 7km west of the town centre in the suburb of Matawhero, this historic Presbyterian church is the only building in the village to have survived the 1868 raid by the rebellious Te Kooti. It’s a sweet, timber affa…
Museum in Gisborne

East Coast Museum of Technology

Think analogue rather than digital; old-age rather than space-age. About 5km west of the town centre, this improbable medley of farm equipment, fire engines and sundry appliances has found an appropriate home in a m…