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Gisborne is located on the eastern edge of the North Island of New Zealand. It is one of the first places in the world to greet each new day, so it is a popular spot for New Year's Eve festivities. The Gisborne district is blessed with high sunshine hours, endless surf beaches, and fine wine makers. It goes by the unofficial name of 'The Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand'. 

Why rent a car at Gisborne Airport with VroomVroomVroom?

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  1. No booking and cancellation fees:  Booking a car rental through us  is free. We will not charge you any additional fee for booking or cancelling your reservation. 
  2. Lowest rates: Book early to find the cheapest rates possible. Car hire deals are based on supply and demand, which means the more rental cars available, the cheaper they should be. Our price promise also guarantees you of getting the best price. 
  3. Great selection: You can select the car brand and rate that will best suit your needs. Are you looking for a economical compact city car? Or do you need is a wagon for the whole family? No matter which,  VroomVroomVroom will have the perfect vehicle for your car rental needs.
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Best time to visit Gisborne

Summer is the most popular time of year to visit the region. Take advantage of the pleasant weather, ideal for heading to the beach. However, book in advance as many other tourists choose to visit at this time. There is greater rainfall in the North Island during winter, but temperatures are mild. 

Depending on what time of year you visit Gisborne, there are a number of different activities on offer. If the weather is good, consider exploring the beautiful coastline or visiting popular local vineyards. Alternatively explore some of the attractions in the historic city centre. 

Driving tips at Gisborne Airport

You can book a hire car to take you to Gisborne, or make a booking to pick one up at the airport. It's a challenging drive to Gisborne; you need to negotiate the 19 kilometre Waioeka Gorge, a twisting stretch of State Highway 2 between Opotiki and Gisborne, so flying is an attractive option. 

Flights come and go from Auckland or Wellington. It's quite a view to arrive by air, you'll see the symmetrical curve of Poverty Bay, filled with azure water, surrounded by fertile flats and picturesque vineyards.

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Reserve a hire car and enjoy the sunshine in Gisborne

Hop in your rental car and experience the ultimate summer destination in New Zealand. Beat the birds and be the first in the world to welcome the first dawn of the New Year (and in some cases the first hangovers.)  Gisborne hosts the Rhythm & Vines Festival which is held over three days. A popular place to spend New Year's Eve, you can sit in your rental car and watch the rising of the New Year's sun across the vines,  and relish some of the world's best rock, blues, roots and dance music over four stages.

Gisborne is the perfect summer escape with some of New Zealand's best surfing beaches with white sand and perfect weather. Wainui and Makorori are popular spots. Take a twilight horse ride and gallop along the beach, dive for crayfish, or body surf. Here are some other top activities and attractions in Gisborne.


Attractions

Blitz Surf School


Want to do it like the pros you've been watching from the beach? Blitz Surf School operates out of the Blitz Surf shop, and will take you to all the best spots for group or private lessons. Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the newest craze, they can sort you out for that too. 

Haurata High Country Retreat

Address: 1257 Makaretu Rd, Matawai, Gisborne 4092, New Zealand

Approximately 65 km from Gisborne city and  24 km east of Matawai village, is a spot for magnificent adventure! Haurata is a great way to complete an around the East Cape journey, the perfect accommodation for cyclists,  a walking group destination, a relaxing yet fun-filled and romantic getaway, or a unique family holiday.

Eastwood Hill Arboretum

Address: 2392 Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne 4072, New Zealand

This is a 135 hectare garden wonder, started over 100 years ago by pioneering conservationist Douglas Cook. Nearby is the stunning Rere Waterfall, a magnificent wall of water, 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall. This is a great spot for swimming and picnicking. You've also got to try the Rere Rockslide. Pick up an inflatable device from the Gisborne I-site, and race over 60 metres of exhilaration, as the fast flowing Wharekopae River speeds over moss-covered sandstone to a fresh water pool below. 

Tairawhiti Museum

Address: 10 Stout St, Gisborne, 4010, New Zealand

Your next destination has to be Tairawhiti Museum because it's one of New Zealand's best! The museum and gallery offer Kiwi contemporary art exhibitions. It's a brilliant place to get a taste of New Zealand's culture, heritage and history.

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Address: 2392 Wharekopae Rd, Gisborne 4072, New Zealand

After a 30-minute drive through vineyards and farmland you'll have to make a stop at Eastwoodhill, New Zealand's National Arboretum. This stunning collection of plant life covers 135 hectares and pulls in 8,000 visitors from across the globe each year.

Captain Cook's Landing Site

Address:  Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne

Captain Cook's Landing Site commemorates the first Europeans arriving in New Zealand. There stand granite monuments of Captain James Cook and Nicholas Young, members of the crew that first sighted this land.  From here, you can go to Titirangi Domain, Kaiti Hill to get the best view of the white cliffs of Young Nick's head. Ride up from Ranfurly Street to stop at the various lookouts or save gas and take the walkways to enjoy the picnic places and the resident trees. 

James Cook Observatory

Address: 5 Titirangi Dr, Inner Kaiti, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand

While you're still in Titirangi, you can drop by the Cook Memorial Observatory. The observatory's prominently dubbed as the most easterly observatory in the world and it has three telescopes that are free to use to get a closer look at the night sky.  Visit in the evening when the sky and the stars are at their best and most beautiful. 

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