17 Popular Attractions in Gisborne

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.

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...

4. Wrights Vineyard

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

5. Bushmere Estate

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

7. Matawhero Wines

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

9. Tairawhiti Museum

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


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