Learn about East Coast Maori and colonial history at the small but impressively presented Tairawhiti Museum with its new gallery extension. There's also a maritime section, with excellent displays on waka and whaling and a very popular vintage surfboard collection.
Our sun filled region is perfect for outdoor activities and Kiwi beach holidays. Surfers from around the world visit Gisborne to make the most of the legendary waves. And beginners can experience the thrill of surfing too with lessons and hire available from one of the local surf schools.
Just out of Gisborne is the National Arboretum at Eastwoodhill with 135 hectares of trees and shrubs from around the world. Take a picnic and spend a day wandering the tracks - it's breathtakingly beautiful.
Visit one of the wineries dotted around Gisborne on the way and tuck a bottle or two of something award winning into the picnic hamper. Call in at Millton Vineyard, New Zealand's first biodynamic vineyard. Enjoy a tasting at the cellar and get a sense of the character of the land inside each bottle.
For those who enjoy an old fashioned road trip, it doesn't get any better than the Pacific Coast Highway. Following the edge of the sea, the 323km road runs from Opotiki to Gisborne around endless picture-postcard bays
Gisborne is also a great base to access Te Urewera National Park. For a real wilderness experience take a walking or fishing tour into its mist shrouded virgin forest or test your fitness and climb Panekiri Bluff at Waikaremoana.
Closer to home and ideal for a relaxing evening, the Dome Cinema is a hidden gem. The seats are oversized beanbags and the arthouse movies come with wine and woodfired pizza.
Join us for a stay in this special corner of New Zealand.