Water Sports

Surfing is de rigueur in Gisborne, with the teenage population looking appropriately shaggy. Waikanae Beach and Roberts Road are good for learners; experienced surfers get tubed south of town at the Pipe, or east at Sponge Bay and Tuamotu Island. Further east along SH35, Wainui and Makorori also have quality breaks.

There's safe swimming between the flags at Waikanae and Midway Beach.