Eastland’s natural beauty is showcased with coastal scenery fringed by majestic Norfolk pines, marine reserves for untouched snorkelling, rivers rich in fish, waterfalls, sandy beaches, and a surf mecca.
Blessed with some of the most consistent surf spots in New Zealand, and with the country’s best competitive surfers hailing from the area, Gisborne is often referred to as the surf capital of New Zealand. Gisborne’s prevailing wind direction is NW and provides clean, offshore waves at most spots in town and up the coast (there are over 35 surf breaks within 100km of Gisborne city). If you are not yet a surfer, there are plenty of surf schools eager to get you riding the waves, and if you are a keen surfer already, you’ll find plenty of like-minded company out in the bays.
Don’t miss the Rere Falls and Rockslide (rockslide is best enjoyed in the height of summer and with a boogie board and sense of adventure), the East Cape Lighthouse (under 3 hours’ drive from Portside) and definitely take the opportunity to snorkel with and hand-feed stingrays.