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Exceptional vineyards, tandem railbikes, and the oldest building in the district

One-of-a-kind experiences are aplenty in Matawhero & Makaraka.

Makaraka is an outer suburb of Gisborne just west of the airport and city – a delightful destination to explore with a range of uniquely Tairāwhiti activities and experiences on offer.

Head to the races at Poverty Bay Turf Club, test your swing at the Gisborne Park Golf Club, enjoy some local Chardonnay at Bushmere Estate, check out some iconic East Coast saddlery or walk down memory lane at the East Coast Museum of Technology with its fascinating displays and artefacts from the local Gisborne district’s bygone days.

Indulge in wine tasting and gourmet platters with the local legends at Matawhero Wines and Bridge Estate Vineyards.

Or visit the historic Matawhero Church – the district’s oldest confirmed building originally a schoolroom built in the 1860’s.

Active explorers can also enjoy an incredible railbike adventure exploring the hidden gems and magnificent vistas of Tairāwhiti.

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Tairawhiti Gisborne - First to see the light

New Zealand is currently operating under the COVID-19 Protection Framework (traffic lights), Tairāwhiti may look and feel different this summer season.

If you are planning to visit please do so responsibly by following the Tiaki Promise - respecting our people and place. 

Availability of visitor experiences across Tairāwhiti may be different this summer. Please take time to research and plan your journey in advance to ensure you have a great holiday in Te Tairāwhiti.

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