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17 Best Gisborne Attractions Every Tourist Must See

Gisborne is the easternmost city in New Zealand, on the East Cape.

Top Attractions

Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day, so go out to East Cape really early and be the first to see the sunrise. The sacred Mt Hikurangi is a great viewpoint, and has nine statues. These are Maui, a Maori god and his family. Then explore the East Cape Lighthouse and enjoy the scenery on the way back to Gisborne. Look out for seals on the beach.

Kids & Family

Take the kids to the Tairawhiti Museum to learn about the history of the Maori and the early settlers. They have an interesting display comparing old photos with present day views of the same thing. There is a historical Wyllie Cottage that displays lives of yesteryear. Easy for kids to learn about the ‘olden days’.

Day Tours

Take a wine tour. There is plenty of good wine in the Poverty Bay area. Try the beer and cider as well. Look out for the Matawhero Wines and the Bushmere Estate. Take a drive up the Waioeka Gorge, a delightful trip with the views of the river flowing alongside the road. You will reach Whakatane, where you can return to Gisborne via the East Cape road.

17 Most Popular Attractions in Gisborne

1. Dome Cinema

  • The Dome Cinema and Bar is a cinema like no other. A far cry from the typical, uninviting multiplexes that you find in most cities. Located in an old gentleman’s
  • $14 per person for movies Event prices vary ($5 and upwards)
  • 083243005
  • Dome Cinema, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Wed - Sun from 5pm-12pm
  • Website
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2. Gisborne Wine Centre

  • Wine and food prices varies
  • Gisborne Wine Centre, Esplanade, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
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3. Eastwoodhill Arboretum

  • Adults $15; Child $2
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Ngatapa, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-4pm

4. Millton Vineyards & Winery

  • Wine prices vary
  • 119 Papatu Rd, Manutuke, Gisborne, 4072, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-5pm
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5. Bushmere Estate

  • Varies from $8-$28
  • Bushmere Estate, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

6. Matawhero Wines

  • Wine prices varies from $22-$25
  • Matawhero Wines, Riverpoint Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Daily 11am-5pm

7. Wrights Vineyard

  • Varies from$12-$32
  • Wrights Vineyard & Winery, Wharerata Road, Manutuke, New Zealand
  • Mon, Sat&Sun 11am-4pm;

8. East Coast Museum of Technology

  • Adults $5; Child $2
  • East Coast Museum of Technology, 67 Main Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Sun-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 1pm-4pm

9. Tairawhiti Museum

  • Adult $5; Child Free
  • Tairawhiti Museum, Stout Street, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Mon-Sat 10am-4pm; Sun 1:30pm-4pm

10. Rere Rockslide

  • Free
  • Rere Rockslides, Rere, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
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11. Kirkpatrick Estate Winery

  • Wine prices varies
  • Kirkpatrick Estate Winery - KEW, Wharekopae Road, Patutahi, New Zealand
  • by appointment

12. Smash Palace

  • Prices vary depending on menu
  • Smash Palace, Banks Street, Awapuni, New Zealand
  • Sun, Tue, Thu 3-8pm, Wed & Fri 3-11pm, Sat 12pm-2am

13. Titirangi Domain

  • Free
  • Titirangi Domain, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Open 24 hours

14. East Cape Lighthouse

  • Free
  • East Cape Lighthouse, East Cape Road, East Cape, New Zealand
  • Opens daily

15. Gisborne i-SITE Mini Golf

  • Adult & Child $6
  • Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Grey Street, Gisborne, New Zealand
  • Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

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