Gisborne is a prosperous, vibrant, sunny, port city. Gisborne's Waikanae beach has attracted surfers since the 1960s.
Gisborne's natural attractions include renowned surfing breaks, perfect swimming beaches, and miles of untouched coastline. There are many garden attractions, excellent bush, farm and wilderness walks, New Zealand best fly-fishing rivers, award winning wineries to visit and unique tourism activities.
Gisborne's restaurants can provide a dining experience as diverse and unique as the region is itself. Local restaurants take advantage of an abundant supply of fresh produce from Gisborne≠s beautiful natural surroundings.
Grapes are grown in vast quantities and Gisborne has consistently won awards for some of the best wines in the country. The Tairawhiti Heritage Trails take in many historic sites. Two museums also preserve this region's rich European and Maori cultural heritage with Wyllie Cottage being the oldest surviving European house in Gisborne.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum is home to New Zealand's largest and finest collection of exotics trees and shrubs with walking tracks for all levels of fitness. Vineyard tours are popular, as are the dining venues throughout the city.