Gisborne 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…
Gardens in Gisborne

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

An 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…
Statue in Gisborne

Footrot Flats Statue

Gisborne is already well endowed with statues, but this one commemorating the hugely popular Footrot Flats cartoons by Gisborne local, the late Murray Ball, is our new favourite. Wal, the series' archetypal Kiwi far…
Park in Gisborne

Titirangi Reserve

High on a hill overlooking Gisborne, Titirangi was once a pā (fortified village). Reach it via Queens Dr, or on the track from the Cook Monument. Near the lookout at the top is yet another Cook edifice, at Cook’s Pl…
Cultural Centre in Gisborne

C Company Memorial House

This cultural centre commemorates the dedication and commitment of the famed 28th (Māori) Battalion of the New Zealand Army that fought bravely in the European and North African theatres in WWII. In particular the r…
Winery in Gisborne


Sustainable, organic and biodynamic to boot. Bring a picnic and kick back surrounded by sturdy-trunked vines. Cheese and charcuterie platters are also served in the lovely gardens over summer – perfect with Millton'…
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. Longer hours in summer (from roughly December to March) and by appointment …
Market in Gisborne

Gisborne Farmers Market

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


Enjoy a picnic in bucolic splendour, accompanied by a flight of fine wines. Matawhero is home to a particularly buttery chardy.
Monument in Gisborne

Statue of Young Nick

There's no let-up in Gisborne's Endeavour endeavours: in the riverside park is a dynamic statue of Nicholas Young, Captain Cook’s cabin boy, whose eagle eyes were the first to spot NZ (the white cliffs at Young Nick…