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    Exploring Tairāwhiti

Discover the best of the East Coast

Whether you’re coming for quick trip or something a little longer, there’s a world of fun to be had under the sun in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. We reckon this place is as close to paradise as it gets – and the best way to explore is on East Coast time. Slow down, chill out and take in the natural wonderland as you wind your way around the coast.

There’s so much to see and do while you’re visiting – be sure to set the alarm one morning to catch a glimpse of the first light of the day (check out our tips on where to watch the sunrise). And pack the surfboard if you’re looking for some epic waves, or just keen to learn – there’s the perfect break for all abilities and some great teachers to show newbies the ropes!

Not sure where to start? Check out some of our most popular self-drive itineraries below, they’re packed full of ideas and suggestions to make the most of your time in this spectacular region.

East Coast Explorer

Discover all there is to love about Tairāwhiti Gisborne on this epic 6-day adventure from one end of Highway 35 to the other – it’s a journey you won’t forget! There’s a world of experiences waiting for you – from serene encounters with friendly wildlife, to discovering untouched beaches and hidden coves. We encourage you to take the time to slow down and explore…East Coast style!

Click here to read the full itinerary for all the info on what to do and where to stay on the coast.

Your guide to 3 days in Gisborne

If you only have a few days to spend in Gisborne, this 3-day itinerary is just what you need! There’s so much to see and do in Gisborne, from sampling the delicious local produce and locally-grown wines, to catching some of the best surf breaks in Aotearoa New Zealand – there’s something for everyone.

Check out everything that makes this place so special.


Discover the best of Highway 35 in 3 days

Whether you’re starting in Ōpōtiki in the north, or Gisborne in the south, driving along the iconic winding Highway 35 is a New Zealand must-do. Take it slow and enjoy the scenery and all the special places to stop along the way. Don’t forget to stop in at Tokomaru Bay and grab a Paua pie at Café 35. 

Check out our 3-day itinerary for tips and ideas on how to make the most of your East Coast roadie.

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