Top things to do

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…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Gisborne

USSCO Bar & Bistro

Housed in the restored Union Steam Ship Company building (USSCO – get it?), this place is all class. Silky kitchen skills shine in a highly seasonal menu featuring the likes of soy-glazed pork belly with caramelised…
Top Choice Bar in Gisborne

Smash Palace

Get juiced at the junkyard: an iconic drinking den in Gisborne's industrial wastelands (make as much noise as you like!), full to the gunwales with ephemera and its very own DC3 crash-landed in the beer garden. Occa…
Top Choice Cinema in Gisborne

Dome Cinema

The excellent Dome is inside the charming old Poverty Bay Club building (1874): beanbags and art-house flicks now occupy the glass-domed ballroom. There's a cool bar next door (occasional live music and pasta nights…
Monument in Gisborne

Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana

Like a giant sundial, Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana is a large modern sculpture in the shape of a tauihu (canoe prow) that celebrates early Māori explorers.
Gardens in Gisborne

Gisborne Botanic Gardens

The town gardens are sitting pretty beside the Taruheru River – a beaut spot for a picnic and a romp around the big playground. Wiggle through the NZ native Bushland Walkway.
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.…
Cafe in Gisborne

Muirs Bookshop & Café

Situated above Muirs Bookshop, a beloved, age-old independent bookseller in a lovely heritage building, this simple cafe offers a small but sweet selection of counter food and cakes. Fans of fine espresso coffee and…
Cafe in Gisborne

PBC Cafe

The creaky old grandeur of the Poverty Bay Club for gentlemen (1874) is reason enough to visit. This cafe within it certainly adds impetus: appealing counter food, all-day brunch, pizza, blackboard specials and reas…
Supermarket in Gisborne

Pak N Save

Fill up the trolley, and don't forget your Gisborne oranges.