Top 10 Things to do in Gisborne, New Zealand

December 4, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Discover the best top things to do in Gisborne, New Zealand including Rere Rockslide, Tairawhiti Museum, Bushmere Estate, Rere Falls, Gisborne Wine Centre, Matawhero Wines, Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, Titirangi Domain, East Coast Museum of Technology, Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd Bridge Estate Vineyard.
Restaurants in Gisborne

1. Rere Rockslide

Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne, New Zealand
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 171 reviews

Rere Rockslide

Reviewed By NKK-1050 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Well worth a visit, but make a day of it and visit the Rere Falls & the Arboretum at the same time.
Take a boogie board or a cheap blow up mattress to use and if like me you attract sand flies take some insect repellent. We didn't wear wetsuits and it was o - but being October the water was a bit fresh.
Toilets and picnic tables onsite.

2. Tairawhiti Museum

10 Stout Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand +64 6-867 3832
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 109 reviews

Tairawhiti Museum

Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery has a reputation as one of the most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. Our vision is to be an integral part of the Tairawhiti community and to stimulate passion for the stories of our region. Entry is free for local residents and $5 for visitors. Entry is free for children 12 years and under and Friends of the Museum. The Exhibit Cafe is open for lunches, brunches, morning and afternoon teas. A wide menu is available and changes with the seasons. The cafe is open from 10am - 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and 10am - 2pm on Saturdays. The Tairawhiti Museum shop stocks a high-quality range of gifts. We pride ourselves on supporting local artists and makers.

Reviewed By AdrienneHannan - Wellington, New Zealand

Loved the C Company exhibition, which is in a separate building just outside the museum entrance. This is a moving exhibit depicting the young Māori men from the region who have fought/died with the NZ Armed forces. The museum is great, and very specific to the local area. Lots of art on display too. Make sure you go downstairs to the maritime area and explore the salvaged captain’s cabin and wheel house from the wreck of the ship Canada. 90mins is a good time to spend here to see all the exhibits. $5 entry fee for adults makes it a cheap outing.

3. Bushmere Estate

166 Main Road | RD1 Matawhero, Gisborne 4071, New Zealand +64 6-868 9317
Excellent
82%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 43 reviews

Bushmere Estate

Reviewed By A D - Gisborne, New Zealand

Week-end lunch treat. WOW the food is fantastic. We visited in January and returned in February. I even had the same meal and it was just as brilliant - Duck with forbidden salad. yum yum yum.

4. Rere Falls

Wharekopae Road, Gisborne, New Zealand
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Rere Falls

Reviewed By carl o

If you are in Gisborne then spend some time at this waterfall. It is only San approximately 45 min drive from Gisborne .
It is a beautiful little spot. We were almost alone on a Thursday in January.
A picnic area and toilets are available.
It is possible to swim here, but the water quality is not the best according to signs.
We definitely recommend this place

5. Gisborne Wine Centre

Shed 3 50 Esplanade, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand +64 6-867 4085
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Gisborne Wine Centre

Reviewed By Jeff55555 - Napier, New Zealand

We had a great experience. Food was marvellous (simple fare but well prepared with obvious attention to detail and great value) so many thanks to the chef, wait staff were excellent (friendly, knowledgeable and efficient, but not intrusive) so great big thanks to them and especially the girl from the Netherlands, wine was very pleasant and well-price Gisborne red (really good to visit a place and have local wines featured), and the ambience and outlook over the inner harbour with reflections and small boats were memorable.

6. Matawhero Wines

Riverpoint Road, Gisborne, New Zealand +64 6-868 8366
Excellent
42%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Matawhero Wines

Reviewed By NKK-1050 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

Lovely setting and surroundings, but unfortunately the service we received let the experience down for us.
We visited a number of vineyards over the weekend and Matawhero was the only one where we felt very rushed and almost unwanted, maybe it was because there were a number of large groups and we were only a couple of 2, but as we had booked for a wine tasting and a platter we stayed.
Very nice outside area and the musicians playing were fantastic.

7. Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

209 Grey Street, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand +64 6-868 6139
Excellent
49%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 47 reviews

Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Gisborne i-Site provides free advice and suggestions on where to visit, stay, eat and drink in Gisborne City and the East Coast. Free maps of the region are available as well as lots of information on towns, cities, walks and activities throughout NZ. Hire bikes, skim boards, boogie boards, Frisbee's and skate boards to really enjoy your stay. You can also book buses, Ferries, trains and accommodation with us.

Reviewed By Roger J - Dunedin, New Zealand

We were only after directions to our daughter's place of employment but they helped us with various other little things as well. The staff were very pleasant and there is a very interesting display there about Capt. Cook's visit.

8. Titirangi Domain

Kaiti Beach Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Excellent
41%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Titirangi Domain

Reviewed By Aussie20142014 - Napier, New Zealand

Fantastic view of Gisborne. My husband particularly like the view over the port. They were loading logs and he watched them for ages. Kids we busy taking photos. Cool playground halfway up.
Really cool walk if you have the time, otherwise you can drive to the top.

9. East Coast Museum of Technology

67 Main Road | Makaraka, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 41 reviews

East Coast Museum of Technology

The East Coast Museum of Technology displays and demonstrates historic artifacts from the Gisborne District. We showcase technology and its development relevant to Gisborne and the surrounding area. ECMoT has a varied collection of items that will suit a range of interests. There's always something new to discover.

Reviewed By Martin S

Exelent three hours looking at piles of what looked like scrape metal. Under all the piles were an array of items that I must admit I could recognise from my childhood. Good luck to volunteers sorting out all the items that need saveing. Please keep collecting because it is important that we do keep items from the past and not just discard them. Not the wife was quite so interested!.

10. Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd Bridge Estate Vineyard

16 Riverpoint Road, Gisborne 4071, New Zealand +64 29 232 2576
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 12 reviews

Poverty Bay Wine Estates Ltd Bridge Estate Vineyard

Vineyard and Cellar Door with wine tastings of Bridge Estate Bordeaux blend wines and wines under the Poverty Bay label, Food avilable during the day. Open during summer months 11.00 AM until 6.00 PM Wednesday till Sunday. Degustation tstings by arrangement.

Reviewed By Rus H - Gisborne, New Zealand

We've met with a group of friends here a couple of times this summer.
The nibbles have been great, the wine cold and lots of choice for every palette and the environment is safe for kids with lots of parking.
The historic converted stables have been done up really well.
Can be busy at times so book ahead to ensure you get a good table with some shade.

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