Things to do Indoors in Gisborne

Arts, Culture & Vineyards

While the great outdoors and many sunshine hours offer a great deal for visitors to the Eastland region to enjoy, there are plenty of ways to while away a few hours in Gisborne.

The Tairawhiti Museum and art gallery is a great starting point to discover some of the history of this region and, located just 15 minutes’ walk from Portside Hotel, it is known as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand. It may not be the largest museum, but it is a treasure trove of top-notch modern and interactive displays and absorbing local history including specialist private art collections of Lalique glass and Ming dynasty vases. The museum also houses the 28th Maori Battalion history house – a particularly significant part of modern Maori history.

Just a ten-minute drive from Gisborne’s Portside Hotel is a haven for those who love pre-loved technology and vintage artefacts such as public phone boxes, early hoovers, washing machines, sewing machines, office technology and vintage computers from the 80s including Apple IIGS, 5.25, 8" diskette drives, Commodores 64s and so on. The East Coast Museum of Technology is an eclectic collection of artefacts from days gone by and, while this hidden gem of Gisborne isn’t a museum of the traditional sort, it is a fascinating place to visit – especially for computer geeks.

Kaiti Hill is a fantastic place to watch the sunrise with sweeping views of the ocean, river and city, The Gisborne Wine Centre, just 10 minutes’ walk from the Portside Hotel, and adjacent to a small boat marina, is a very pleasant spot to enjoy the afternoon sun accompanied by local wines and excellent small antipasto plates.

Offering two tasting flights per week, which showcase the best of the wines available that season, the enthusiastic experts at the Wine Centre know their wines and which wineries are open for visits and at weekends. An hour or two here is a great way to get to know the local wines and wine styles before embarking on a wine tour of Gisborne and stocking up your wine cellar.