Share |Nostalgic travellers travel this route intent on experiencing a taste of this endlessly non-commercial Kiwi experience. Immerse yourself in great displays natural NZ scenery, rusty middle-of-nowhere forgotten civilisations and authentic roadside Kiwiana. Experience an unforgettable journey into New Zealand, then and now.
The East Coast is an area of remarkable natural beauty. From the moment the sun rises over our pristine coastlines to the time it descends across the Poverty Bay plains, there is much to be seen and enjoyed within the Gisborne wine region.
Gisborne Wine Tours have been developed to showcase the incredible wines, winemakers, vineyards and cellar doors that make our wine region so unique.
The Lake Waikaremoana Track takes four days/three nights to tramp and huts should be booked in advance.
For those with less time to spare, there's a wide range of shorter hikes to choose from - or you can try your hand at trout fishing or kayaking.
Holiday parks provide comfortable accommodation: there's the Lake Waikaremoana Holiday Park on the lake edge which offers chalets, cabins and a camping ground, and Big Bush Holiday Park which also has a café on-site.
For up-to-date information on the lake and the history of the park, don't miss the Department of Conservation's Aniwaniwa Information Centre. Here you will learn all about the mysterious locals, commonly known as "the children of the mist".
Then it's on to the vineyards, for Gisborne is dubbed the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand - and for good reason. It boasts the largest area of Chardonnay vineyards and is the third largest grape-growing region in the country.
Although better known for its Chardonnay, the city is also earning recognition for its other varietals including Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Chenin Blanc – to name a few.
Grab a wine trail map and visit any of its vineyards and boutique wineries, or for a complete wine and food experience, take part in Wine Week when the International Chardonnay Challenge and the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival are celebrated.
Enjoy the International Chardonnay Challenge's Italian Long Lunch or groove to live entertainment and sample local food and wine at the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival.
Public buses provide safe transport between venues and make it easy to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of Gisborne Chardonnay in the "Chardonnay Capital" of New Zealand.
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