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Local faves to stock up on and where to get them

We all know that planning your road trip snacks are key to a happy life on the road. It’s all about enjoying that sunrise mission, afternoon pit-stop or sunset surf without getting hangry. So before you hit the highway, make sure to stock up on these local must-haves for the most epic roadie in the land of the first light.

Torere Macadamia Nuts

If you’re looking for on the go goodness, locally grown Torere Macadamia Nuts are a great go-to and are a must-have for any road trip. Packed with nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, Torere Macadamia Nuts are grown in Torere Bay on State Highway 35 along the Pacific Coast Highway between the Bay of Plenty and Tairāwhiti Gisborne. You can munch on these tasty treats knowing they are grown using natural and sustainable organic growing techniques and that no sprays or chemicals are used. Purchase directly online, at the Gisborne shop on 79 Childers Road, or at the Gisborne Farmers Market every Saturday morning on the corner of Stout Street opposite the Tairāwhiti Museum.


Village Berries 

Village Berries is a great spot to collect all you need for the perfect East Coast adventure! Daily deliveries of local produce fill the store with an abundance of fresh organic fruit & vege's. Along with a range of frozen goods & a great lunch menu - Village Berries will have you sorted. Also - don't miss out on trying one of their real fruit ice creams - available all year round! 

Local honey 

There’s just something about locally grown honey that feels like you are literally tasting the flavours of the land. The sweet taste of Tairāwhiti honey can be used in so many different ways during your roadie – perfect in that cup of tea for breakfast or spread onto sliced bread for a quick bite, or on a makeshift cheese platter.

Pauariki Honey comes from a seventh generation family farm at Pauariki Station in the East Coast. Enjoy some of delicious and highly nutritious unique flavours such as rewarewa honey, multi-flora manuka honey and even pumpkin honey. You can stock up on Pauariki Honey at Pak n Save, Horouta Pharmacy, the Wainui Store or their online shop.

Wild Cape Honey is another local favourite grown throughout the beautiful East Cape coast with more than 100 honey hives stretching from Te Araroa to Mahia.


Fresh local produce

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is a paradise for foodies with so much fresh local produce grown here. Sun-kissed citrus, apples, kiwifruit, and strawberries are ripe and ready to bite into during the summer season. Stock up for fresh local produce at the weekly Gisborne Farmers Market every Saturday morning. Located on the corner of Stout Street and Tairāwhiti Museum – there are plenty of food trucks, local produce and seasonal harvest you can buy for the tastiest treats to take with you on the road. Keep an eye out for PYO strawberries along the way.

Waimata Cheese

Artisan cheese handcrafted using traditional techniques by a team passionate cheesemakers means you’re in for a treat when it comes to Waimata Cheese. Fresh milk from local Gisborne farms, rich fertile soils and the salty sea breeze all take part in the beautiful flavours you’ll taste in every mouthful. Camembert, brie, blue vein, feta, halloumi and mozzarella – you’ll find a great selection of Waimata’s award-winning cheese across nationwide grocery stores to pack straight into your cooler, and at the fantastic  Gisborne Farmers Market.

Local Butchers & Fresh Seafood 

You can't leave town without collecting the vitals- fresh fish and or local meat. Check out The Village St Butchery on Balance St ( beside Village Berries) or No8 Butchery on Lowe St for a wide variety of local cuts. Looking for Fresh Fish? Ngati Porou Fisheries located on Esplanade Rd will have you sorted. 

Sunshine Brewery

Toast in the New Year with some beverages from Sunshine Brewery. At the end of a day’s drive and you’ve surfed your heart out, enjoy a refreshing glass of your favourite pilsner, lager or pale ale from the iconic Sunshine Brewery. As New Zealand’s oldest independent brewery, Sunshine beers captures the true taste of the Kiwi summer. The brewery/taproom is located at 49 Awapuni Road in central Gisborne, but you can also find them stocked at nationwide grocery stores.


Vetro Gisborne 

Looking for a few gourmet snacks to accompany the above? Vetro Gisborne will have you covered. With a range of local produce, Mediterranean delights & New Zealand delicacy's you'll be sure to find what you're looking for at Vetro.