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VroomVroomVroom can help you find a reliable car rental in Gisborne. We compare car rental in locations across New Zealand from top suppliers such as Avis, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar and Hertz. A car hire in Gisborne is the best way to explore the surrounding region. Rental cars are currently available at Gisborne Airport, which may be more convenient for those who are arriving by air. To find rental cars at other locations around New Zealand please see our location pages

Gisborne is the perfect summer escape, home to some of New Zealand's best surfing beaches and premium vineyards. Visitors can take twilight horse rides and relax on the white sands. It is a great area to learn more about Maori culture. If you are looking to tour Gisborne and the surrounding Poverty Bay region, booking a rental car through VroomVroomVroom is the way to go. 

Reasons to book a rental car in Gisborne with us

VroomVroomVroom compares car rental from all of the top suppliers in New Zealand. Here are a few reasons to consider booking your Gisborne hire car with us:

  1. Easy booking process: Using our website to compare and book rental cars is simple. All you need to do is enter a few details into our search engine and you will have access to all the available vehicles in the region.
  2. Trusted suppliers: We provide a wide range of rental car vehicles from top suppliers. We partner with New Zealand's most trusted car rental companies like Avis, Thrifty, Europcar, Budget and Hertz. 
  3. Airport location: If you are arriving at Gisborne by air, you can pick up a rental car directly from the airport. 
  4. Excellent customer experience: As rental car experts, our customer care representatives can provide you with all the information you need to know to help you find the best deals. If you have any questions, contact us by phone, email, or live chat. 

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 in Gisborne

 Roads surrounding Gisborne are rural and can be windier and more challenging to navigate, so take extra care if you are new to the area and unfamiliar with the roads. In poor weather conditions take additional care, and slow down in icy conditions. 

Be aware of driving distances in New Zealand and allow extra time to make your journey. It will take you about six and a half hours to drive from Gisborne to Auckland, and nearly seven hours to reach Wellington. 

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Explore the best bits of Gisborne

This city boasts of being one of the first in the world to watch the sun rise everyday. We all know that the sun rises in the east, right?  You can find Gisborne on the east coast of the Eastland region and it's  one of the brightest and cheeriest places in the country.

With your rental car you can experience the ultimate summer destination in New Zealand.  Gisborne hosts the Rhythm & Vines Festival which is held over three days. A popular place to spend New Years Eve, you may just sit in your rental car and watch the rising of the New Year's sun across the vines while sipping a glass of wine and enjoying some of the world's best rock, blues, roots and dance music over four stages.

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

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. 

Cook Memorial Observatory

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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