If you’ve got the children with you, there are so many great establishments to check out in Tairāwhiti!
You’ve got family-friendly Te Puka Tavern in Tokomaru Bay, where you can sit outside and take in the views while you tuck into their excellent fish and chips. In Tolaga Bay you must find the Broad Bills Food Trailer near the wharf, where you can get hot chips, coffee, ice creams, and wonderful smoothies – the winter doesn’t need to mean staying indoors! At the Gisborne wharf, there’s the Gisborne Tatapouri Fishing Club with enormous trophy fish displayed on the walls, and serving up their legendary fish burgers. Out at Matawhero, you have The Royal (Raglan Roast) that has amazing coffee, an impressive menu (epic chicken waffles), and a play area for the kids. The Gisborne Farmers market is a great year-round opportunity to connect with local food growers, local shoppers, and grab all the artisan food and locally-grown seasonal fruit that you need for a picnic in the nearby park. Matawhero Wines is another option – grab the kids a children’s platter while you sample some award-winning wine from the cellar door (and with accommodation on-site, turn it into a mini holiday while you’re at it).
Fried chicken and waffles meet in a unique way at The Royal, Matawhero. Credit: Instagram - @theroyalmatawhero