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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.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Default Default

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.


Harvest Ciders

For over 25 years, Harvest Ciders has been producing some of NZ's favourite award winning cider brands in sun-kissed Tairāwhiti Gisborne. After a day’s drive and you’re ready to wind down, Harvest Ciders’ award-winning range is refreshing way to top off the day.

An iconic cidery first began in 1989 when local Gisborne orchardists Brian and Irene Shanks began making cider from their own Braeburn and Granny Smith apples. Located today on Customhouse Street in central Gisborne, you can pop in weekdays from 9 am - 4 pm for tastings and enjoy a peak through the viewing window to see how all the magic happens.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Default Default

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.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Default Default

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.

Red Bands

Farm side or beachside, a roadie is never complete without a pair of Red Bands chucked in the boot. The iconic Kiwi gumboot, strong, durable and built for the Kiwi lifestyle - Red Bands are a household staple and lets you enjoy the great outdoors to the fullest. You can grab a pair across nationwide stockists including Hunting & Fishing, Farmlands and Bunnings.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Default Default

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.


Moana Rd Jandals + Sunnies

Happy feet and protected eyes. Two must-haves on any road trip. Moana Road jandals and sunnies are classic essentials for life on the road. You can find a pretty stylish selection of Moana Rd accessories at the Gisborne i-SITE and Visitor Information Centre on 209 Grey Street in town. Chat with the friendly team there for any must-do experiences and hidden gems along the way as well as any tips to help make this road trip your best ever.  pad-top-default pad-bot-default vheight-default mike Default Default

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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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