Gisborne like many New Zealand regions can be associated with the ocean and long sandy beaches, the area has a history with local Maori who inhabited the area and is the first city in the world to see the new day.
With the regions many beaches and rocky headlands, a road trip around East Cape is always a favorite way to spend the day, many of the beaches are popular for surfing and fishing and you can visit the East Cape Lighthouse.
The East Cape Light House is located some 20 kms from the town of Te Araroa on the East Cape, the drive to the Cape offers spectacular views out over the ocean and the stunning coastline, when you arrive at the carpark there are around 700 steps up to the light house.
A popular activity while in Gisborne is the Rere Rockslide, the rock slide is located around thirty minutes from Tairawhiti in Gisborne and is a natural 60m slide carved out of the bedrock by a waterfall, the best way to slide down the falls in on a bogie board.
Gisborne has a reputation for great food and wine and with the Tairawhiti Wineries close by you can sample some of the best food and wine that the region has to offer, there is also the Gisborne Wine Center to visit located on the harbor.
While in Tairawhiti you can experience some of the local cycle trials, the most popular trail is the Rere Falls Trail that runs from Gisborne to the Bay Of Plenty, the cycle trail is around 103 kms long and will take two or three days to complete.
One popular activity in the region is the Gisborne Rail Bike Adventure, you can hire a side by side tandem bike which runs along a disused rail line, the adventure on rails takes you through wine country, tunnels and over a bridge with stunning coastal views along the way.
There are many walk ways to enjoy in Gisborne, The Te Kuri Farm Walkway is very popular, this 3 hour loop trail runs through farming country with extensive views of Gisborne and Poverty Bay.
For a more leisurely walk you can try the Tupapa Heratige Trail, which starts at the Gisborne Waterfront and through historical sites in the area, the trail ends with a hike up the Kaiti Hill with stunning views out over Gisborne City.