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 affair with a bell turret and lovingly tended gardens.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Gisborne attractions

1. Bushmere Estate


Great chardonnay, gewürztraminer and cafe lunches at sassy restaurant The Vines (; mains $25 to $34). Live music on summer Sundays…

2. Matawhero

0.65 MILES

Enjoy a picnic in bucolic splendour, accompanied by a flight of fine wines. Matawhero is home to a particularly buttery chardy, refined over almost 50…

3. East Coast Museum of Technology

1.55 MILES

Think analogue not digital; old-age not space-age. About 6km west of the town centre, this improbable medley of farm equipment, fire engines and sundry…

4. Millton Vineyards & Winery

2.75 MILES

Sustainable, organic, biodynamic... Millton makes all the right moves, and makes them well. Bring a picnic and kick back surrounded by sturdy-trunked…

5. Kirkpatrick Estate

3.82 MILES

Sustainable winery with lovely wines across the board, including a delicious malbec. Look forward to vineyard and valley views but call ahead to make sure…

6. Gisborne Botanic Gardens

4.32 MILES

The town gardens are sitting pretty beside the Taruheru River – a beautiful spot for a picnic and a romp around the big playground. Wiggle through the NZ…

7. Statue of Young Nick

4.46 MILES

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…

8. Clock Tower

4.49 MILES

Built in 1934, this art-deco clock tower is the undisputed highlight of Gisborne's main street.