Being the most easterly city in the world, residents of Gisborne are the first in the world to witness daybreak. The city has earned a great reputation for sumptuous food, wine and surf beaches over the years. It is also known as the unofficial Chardonnay capital of the world due to the large scale wine production in the city. Maori Culture enthusiasts will find a lot of old traditions prevalent in the city. Others looking for a good vacation are also sure not to be disappointed. Some of the unique things to do in Gisborne include:
1. Bicycle Tours
Gisborne is widely known for its interesting cycle tours across wineries and the Eastland region. Rent a bicycle and paddle your way through different wineries, visit the famous cultural sites of New Zealand and enjoy the beautiful outdoors on two wheels.
2. Winery Visits
If you’d rather prefer a drive through it all, take a car rental from the city and head to some praiseworthy boutique wineries in the city. Check out the various family-owned wineries, take home some sumptuous wines and also stop by at the local cafes.
3. Surf Schools
For those who are looking for some unusual dose of fun, Gisborne has many surf schools that host surfboard building workshops. You can take surfing lessons at affordable costs and set out to tame the waters on your surfboard.
4. Underwater Explorations
Experience underwater snorkelling and swimming with Stingrays. You can avail of all the required equipment for snorkelling at the site. Make sure you book your spot in advance to avoid disappointment.
5. Fine Dining
Gisborne is known for restaurants with a delicious menu and welcoming cafes. Make sure to visit the USSCO Bar & Bistro for its sinfully delicious desserts and an extensive spread of seasonal dishes. The PBC Café, Marina Restaurant and Just Thai are some other must-try food joints in the city.
6. Cultural Tours
Discover the pulse of Gisborne by visiting its cultural landmarks such as the Tairawhiti Museum, Cook Monument, Cook’s Plaza, East Coast Museum of Technology, & Gisborne Farmer’s Market.
7. Gisborne Walks
Another great option to explore the city is the Fa-Hien way: on foot. Opt for the Gisborne City Historic Walk by the rivers, sea and harbor or head to the Kaiti Hill for a panoramic view of the city.
Gisborne is indeed a traveller’s delight owing to its culture, food and adventure attractions.