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Top Choice Bistro in Gisborne

Crawford Road Kitchen

Attached to the Gisborne Wine Centre, this bistro combines culinary smarts and international flavours with an interesting location beside Gisborne's inner harbour. Good-value shared plates could include feta-crusted…
Top Choice Cinema in Gisborne

Dome Cinema

The excellent Dome is located 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 serving beer, wine and pizza am…
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 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 Microbrewery in Gisborne

Sunshine Brewery

Bottling up a clutch of quality beers including the excellent Electron IPA, Gisborne’s own craft brewery has a fab tasting room near Waikanae Beach. Pizza from Neighbourhood Pizzeria is also served. Try one with the…
Music in Gisborne

Rhythm & Vines

A huge event on Gizzy's music calendar, R&V is a three-day festival leading up to New Year’s Eve, featuring big-time local and international bands and DJs. Local accommodation feels the squeeze.
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…
French in Gisborne

Marina Restaurant

One of Gisborne's best restaurants, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with a Gallic accent. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse by the …
Pizza in Gisborne

Neighbourhood Pizzeria

Serving pies out of a hip caravan, Neighbourhood Pizzeria draws loyal locals most nights for what we reckon are among the country's best pizzas. Traditional flavours like margherita segue to pork and jalapeño or chi…