The view from Kaiti Beach over to Young Nicks Head
There are many activities to entertain the whole family
- Swim, snorkel, dive, fish and surf at the many beaches all along the coast.
- Go whitewater rafting in the regions Motu and Waioeka Rivers.
- Take a helicopter flight, or find adventure with hunting or fishing safaris and wine tours.
- Go trout fishing, deer stalking, and duck hunting at Lake Waikaremoana.
- Walk the tracks located in New Zealands Forest Parks.
- Take a relaxing drive around the Pacific Coast Highway, lined with beaming pohutakawa trees and picturesque bays and inlets.
- Experience the first sunrise in the world at Mount Hikurangi.
- Visit the East Cape Lighthouse.
- View the Tolaga Bay wharf, the longest in New Zealand.
- Taste a range of award winning wines produced in Gisborne.
- Snorkel with the sharks.
The historic Lighthouse stands 154m above sea level and can be accessed by a walking track of about 700 steps.
The views out to the horizon are just stunning!
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Gisborne City Vintage Railway
Wa165 is the only remaining Wa class train which was built in Hillside workshops in 1897 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our Wa165 was the ideal locomotive for the heavily graded railway line between Gisborne and Motuhora where it spent most of its working life.
Now Wa165 is retired but comes out for special steam trips and excursions for you and your families out in the sun. What makes our steam trips so special is the travel across the airport (the only one in the southern hemisphere) and the spectacular beach cliff views from 500ft above sea level at Beach Loop.
Discover New Zealand
New Zealand is more than just a holiday destination. Locals and tourists alike are continually intrigued and amazed with what both the North and South Island has to offer.
Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud, is surrounded by endless coastline and clear, flowing waters of the South Pacific Ocean.
From the white, sandy beaches of the North to the illustrious fiords and Alps in the South, New Zealand is home to a wide range of unique and exciting visitor experiences.
Whatever you need for your New Zealand vacation, you will find something here to interest you
The East Coast
The Maori name for Gisborne is Tairawhiti, which means "the coast upon which the sun shines across the water". The coastline is stretched with golden, sandy beaches and inland you will find many sparkling lakes and rivers.
Gisborne is the countrys eastern most city and is recognised as being the first major city in the world where every new day begins.
With warm, pleasant summers and mild winters, Gisborne is an ideal setting for both agriculture and horticulture, including grapes and Pinus Radiata forests.
Blue waters, white sands, lush forested hills, big surf and sheltered coves, sun, wine, seafood and a blend of history and culture aptly describes the Eastland region.
Just a couple of hours to the north of Gisborne is Whakatane and Dolphins Down Under tours - Currently voted New Zealands Best Natural Experience (New Zealand Listener) who provide not only breathtaking Dolphin swim marine encounters, but also tours to White Island - part of the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The East Coast is steeped in Maori history. Mount Hikurangi is known as the first mainland in the world to see the sun of the new day, and Young Nicks Head was the first point of land to be sighted as Captain Cook sailed around New Zealand.
Captain Cook Statue situated on Kaiti Hill
There are many sites of historical interest to see in the city including the Cook Landing Site, Kaiti Hill, Wi Pere Memorial, Wylie Cottage and the Tairawhiti Museum.
Known as the "Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand", Gisborne is a major wine-producing region. Local wineries offer visits, tours and tastings.
Not far out of Gisborne lies Eastwoodhill Arboretum, internationally recognised as holding the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere tree and plant species in the Southern Hemisphere.
Close by is Hackfalls Arboretum, which includes a collection of 35 different varieties of rare Mexican Oaks.