So if you’ve only got 24 hours to visit Gisborne, then here’s the best way to spend it. This is your must-do hitlist for a great day in Gisborne full of unforgettable moments.
Rise and shine intrepid traveller! The land of the first light is the first place in New Zealand to welcome in the new day so a sunrise mission is a must. Head to picturesque Wainui Beach, less than a 10-minute drive just outside the CBD where you can surf, stroll or simply watch the new dawn arrive in the most breathtaking setting.
Zephyr is the dream come true Cafe for all plant-based cravings. Located on 4 Oneroa Road Wainui Beach, just across the street from the beautiful beach, this surf-shack meets corner store inspired establishment welcomes you in for delicious treats and good yarns. Besides great coffee and tasty kai, Zephyr also offers groceries and other goodies, ranging from essentials to items you haven’t seen anywhere else.
Dive Tatapouri takes you to where the wild things are. Located in stunning Tatapouri Bay just a 15-minute drive from Gisborne, this is New Zealand’s only wild stingray encounter. Venture out to an interactive reef ecology tour with wild stingrays, eagle rays and other reef dwellers abound. For a completely immersive experience, you can even snorkel and swim with stingrays and tick that off your bucket list.
The legendary flavours of Sunshine Brewery are like a rite of passage when in Gisborne. Since 1989, this boutique brewery has become an iconic East Coast landmark celebrating the important things in life: sun, surf, mates and good beer. As New Zealand’s oldest independent Brewery, Sunshine Brewery is located just a few blocks from the beach in downtown Gisborne. With 20+ taps of the freshest beer on the East Coast, the Taproom offers decadent pizzas, a light snack menu and beer tasting boards for a most memorable thirst-quenching experience.
The best way to get to know the lay of the land is by exploring Turanganui-a-Kiwa Gisborne on foot. Take a leisurely, self-guided 4km walk along the Tupapa Heritage Trail for an eye-opening experience that navigates key places of interest and historic landmarks starting from Waikanae Beach up to Kaiti Hill/Titirangi Reserve. Make sure to download the app to learn about the region’s unique culture and history, with this experience offered in both English and Te Reo Māori.
Sunset wine tasting anyone? Tucked inside the inner harbour in central Gisborne, the Gisborne Wine Centre is the perfect spot to end your day sipping on the best local wines. Watch the boats roll in and the twinkling lights of the marina cast a beautiful glow to your surrounds. Then pop over next door to Crawford Road Kitchen for a decadent meal of fresh local cuisine down by the waterfront.