Attractions

Gisborne has a great range of local attractions to entertain you and your family. We have compiled a list of just some of the great attractions Gisborne has to offer! 

- Wine Tastings - Beautiful Seafood - Natural Rockslides and Waterfalls...plus so much more!  

Adventure Playground

Located on Awapuni Road near Midway Beach, contains a boating lake and play equipment

Cost: Free
Botanical Gardens

Located off Aberdeen Road on the banks of Taruheru River, is a 4ha park featuring trees,ponds, rose and cactus collections, an aviary and a children's play area.

Cost: Free
Captain Cook's and Young Nick's statues

Are sited at the mouth of Turanganui River near Waikanae Beach. Cabin boy, Nicholas Young, was the first crewman on board Cook's barque Endeavour to sight New Zealand in 1769. Young Nick's Head, the striking headlands protecting the southern opening of Poverty Bay bears his name.

Cost: Free
Cook's Landing Site National Historic Reserve

At Kaiti Beachmarks the place where Captain Cook landed on the 9th October, 1769

Cost: Free
Eastwoodhill Arboretum

A world-renowned tree and shrub collection in a rambling,park setting including hills, valleys, ponds and formal gardens. A great place to visit in all seasons. Enjoy a stunning variety of walking tracks for all levels of fitness and mobility.

Cost: Adult $15.00 ($2 for children aged 5-16)
Gisborne Olympic Pool Complex

A great family fun complex located on Centennial Marine Drive at Midway Beach. Features a 50m, 7 lane pool, with a 33m outdoor recreational pool, dive pool with diving boards, 98m hydro-slide, outdoor toddlers pool with slide, and hot spa/therapy pools. 

Cost: Adult swim $3.90, Child $2.90
Gisborne Surf Beaches

Gisborne is world famous for its variety of great surf. "Waikanae Beach" at the front of the camping ground is perfect for learners. For those who like more of a challenge, travel further up the coast to the beaches and point breaks of Wainui and Makarori. Or for real thrill seekers, make your way to the "Island."

Cost: Free
Morere Hot Springs

A 30 minute drive out of Gisborne is this beautiful native bush reserve and thermal pools. With a variety of refreshing cool and rejuvenating hot mineral pools in a natural rain forest setting. Plus cafe, picnic ground, children's pools and playground, art & crafts, and massage day spa.

Cost: Adult $12.00 (Children $6)
Rere Rock slide & Rere Falls

Located around 50K inland from Gisborne is this Photogenic waterfall,picnic area and swimming hole. The Rere rock slide is a 60metrewater slide just up the road from the waterfall. Take boogie-boards,wetsuits, inflatable mattress or simply a rubber inner tube to slide down this amazing natural water slide

Cost: Free
Tairawhiti Museum & Te Moana Maritime Museum

This award-winning complex houses a fine collection of Maori and European artifacts, an extensive photographic collection and art galleries which exhibit local, national and international art works. Shop specialises in local art and craft. Te Moana Maritime Museum includes the wheelhouse salvaged from S.S. Star of Canada which sank off Kaiti beach in 1912, a collection of historic surfboards and maritime artifacts.

Cost: $5.00 (Kids under 12 free)
Wyllie cottage

Built in 1872, is a six-roomed cottage furnished in the early colonial style. It was the first house built on the northern side of the Taruheru River and is now the oldest house still standing in Gisborne

Cost: Free