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…
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.…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Winery in Gisborne

Kirkpatrick Estate

Sustainable winery with lovely wines across the board, including a delicious malbec. Tuck into an antipasto platter in the sun.
Winery in Gisborne


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