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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…
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 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…
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.
Winery in Gisborne

Matawhero

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

Marina Restaurant

Oft touted as Gisborne's best restaurant, the Marina offers casual bistro-style lunches and formal fine-dining dinners, all with very Gallic vibes. The building itself is lovely – an old white weatherboard boathouse…
Cafe in Gisborne

Frank & Albie's

'We cut lunch, not corners' is the motto at Frank & Albie's, a neat little hipster nook on Gisborne's main drag (check out the old art-deco leadlighting above the door). Nifty plywood benches, recycled timber ta…