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YHA Gisborne is a nice cozy friendly location close to the centre of Gisborne. It has easy access to harbour, cafe`s, night clubs and other attractions. The YHA Gisborne is also nearby to Gisborne's s... More...
Gisborne sits on the radiant east coast of New Zealand's North Island. Brimming with relaxed charm, it's known for its surfing, Māori culture and boutique wineries. The region is New Zealand's unofficial 'Chardonnay Capital', and Gisborne has plenty of bars where you can find out why. Hiking and biking trails trace the surrounding mountains and Gisborne's dramatic, rocky coast. Wake up on the edge of the world in the first city to greet the sun each morning.
Hostels in Gisborne range from cosy accommodation close to the city centre, to a former sheep-shearer's cottage set on rolling mountain slopes. A Gisborne hostel tends to be relaxed and communal, with added features such as wood-burning stoves to keep you warm in the evenings. Some Gisborne hostels have free tea and coffee and most have shared kitchens for cooking meals. You'll also find Gisborne backpackers hostels that offer bicycle hire so you can explore on two wheels.
The Taruheru and Waimata Rivers split Gisborne into three main areas. To the west, the city centre has New Zealand's oldest European building, Wyllie Cottage, as well international restaurants and pubs. Northeast of here is Whataupoko, a quieter neighbourhood with biking trails and museums. To the east you'll find historic Kaiti Beach, the entrance to New Zealand as the landing site for both Captain Cook and the first Māori waka canoes. Nearby, Titirangi Domain is a hill with sweeping views over the city and sea.
There's plenty to see and do in Gisborne. For culture, check out the Tairāwhiti Museum's Māori artefacts and rotating selection of contemporary art, or Te Poho-o-Rawiri Marae, a historic Māori meeting house with ornate wooden carvings of ancestral figures. For adrenaline junkies, there's the Rere Rockslide, a 60-metre-long natural river slide with a swimming-hole splashdown and nearby waterfalls. Makorori Beach is popular with surfers, and you can even build your own wooden surfboard to catch a few waves.
Domestic flights from Auckland and Wellington arrive into Gisborne Airport, a few minutes' taxi ride west of the city centre. At around 45 minutes' walk, travellers with less luggage can also reach the city centre on foot. The bus from Auckland takes just over nine hours, and is run by InterCity – a popular way to get around New Zealand. Although many visitors rent a car, Gisborne has an extensive network of city buses if you prefer public transport. The city's flat terrain is perfect for cyclists.