Gizzy is a pretty quiet little beach city but there are still plenty of activities around the place to keep you busy over the long weekend.  We have chosen a few of our favourite things to do and listed them below! 

Eastwood Hill

45 Minute Drive from Gisborne

Eastwoodhill is the national arboretum of New Zealand. It covers 131 hectares and is located 35 km northwest of Gisborne, in the hill country of Ngatapa. It was founded in 1910 by William Douglas Cook. 

Rere Rockslide and Waterfall

45 Minute Drive from Gisborne

Step off the beaten track and explore Rere and the Rere Falls, located approximately 50 kilometres north-west of Gisborne. Head down to the Wharekopae River to see the beautiful Rere Falls and the (free) fun and very, very wet Rere Rock Slide

Wainui Beach Walk

2 Hour Walk (In Gisborne City)

Our favourite dog walking location! The Wainui - Makorori Headland brings you some sensational coastal views for those willing to take the short but steep walk.  Start at The Wainui Store and walk your way north towards Makorori headland.  The walk takes you over a path and stairway to headlands with views overlooking Makorori Beach on one side and from Wainui Beach to Tuahine Point on the other side. 

Mahia Peninsula

1 Hour Drive from Gisborne (Day trip)

Mahia Beach is a relaxed, family friendly paradise set on the stunning Mahia Peninsula in northern Hawke's Bay.  Mahia translates to 'murmur' or 'indistinct sound'. In its full form, Te Mahia mai Tawhiti means "the murmuring of home".

There is plenty to do in the area including golf, tramping and hiking, fishing and surfing.

If you're feeling active, get your walking shoes on and head up to the Mokotahi Lookout, at the top of the beautiful Mokotahi Hill at the far end of the beach. 

Tolaga Bay Wharf

45 Minute Drive from Gisborne

Tolaga Bay was visited by Captain Cook between 24 - 30 October 1769.   The Tangata Whenua (local Maori) were friendly and hospitable and granted the visitors the freedom of the bay. Wood and water were obtained and trade occurred between the inhabitants and the explorers. Banks and Solander collected botanical specimens.
The Maori name for the place is Ou Auwoa or Uwoua, but Cook called it Tolaga Bay. This is possibly a corruption of 'turanga' - landing or halting place - which he took to be a proper name.

Allow half an hour to walk to the end of New Zealand's longest wharf and back. At 660 metres in length, this is no ordinary pier. Locals love the wharf because it's part of Eastland history, and because it's a most excellent place to catch a fish.

The opening of Tolaga Bay Wharf in 1929 made it possible for large coastal trading ships to load and offload goods. However, even as the Tolaga Bay wharf opened, improved roading and motor vehicles had begun to compete with coastal shipping. It was ironic that much of the cargo that passed over the wharf was road-making material, used to construct the road through to Gisborne, soon providing an alternate means of transport.

In recent years the wharf has undergone extensive restoration work, which will help to ensure that locals and travellers can dangle a line for many years to come.

Morere Hot Springs

45 Minute Drive from Gisborne

A popular local amenity in a unique bush location. Large outdoor hot and cold public pools.

Unique therapeutic hot mineral pools set in one of the largest tracts of lowland rainforest remaining on the East Coast of New Zealand, which is home to a wide range of native trees and native birdlife. Magic place to visit, a must stop spot on the east coast.

While visiting Morere Hot Springs, enjoy a great wilderness experience on the network of walking tracks ranging from easy 20-minute walks to challenging two and three hour hikes.