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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“A lovely museum with great gift shop and cafe at the entrance. Can just go to the cafe without going through the museum. Local displays, fun interactive and family friendly. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Cinema
“This Cinema / Restaurant is unique and is absolutely mesmerizing. The staff are hilarious and the service is fantastic. The cuisine is lovely too. A great night out only 2 mins drive or 10 mins walk from The First Light. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“One of Gisborne's iconic spots to have an evening beer or wine. Sometimes hosts food events and great music acts. Decor is old machinery, planes, bikes, heavy metal stuff! Took some guests who arrived from Aussie on a motorbike, as it looked like their kind of place, and they thought they'd arrived in biker's heaven!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The Rivers is Gisborne’s “local”, with the true Irish flavour. Family friendly, well priced menu with generous portions. Gisborne’s only Beer Master. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Saturday morning market for fresh fruit and vegetables as well as local arts and crafts. Highly recommended.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“These guys generally do a good dinner. It has a good atmosphere and tasty food”
  • 5 locals recommend
Brewery
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“These local legends make delicious beer on the premises and we love to support local. Depending on the night of the week you can order a delicious pizza from the pizza cart outside or try one of Sunshine Brewery's gourmet pies...YUM!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Clothes Shop
“The chef cooks amaaaaazing yummy food and great coffee. Also family friendly,can sit outside in the sun with the kids. Although its not just a Cafe destination - PBC is a vibrant shared space with many services like beauty therapy, yoga, local curio shops and at night it transforms into venue for live music or kick back on the bean-bags for a movie (much better than the Oden!).”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Start your day (or continue your day) with a delicious coffee and some friendly service. While you're at it take a takeaway coffee cup to get your beverage in and do your bit for the environment at the same time... these guys will appreciate it :)”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Wine bar / restaurant. Great harbour views, perfect for sundown drinks with food.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fine dining. Beautiful meals and a great wine selection. Not for the budget conscious.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cinema
“When was the last time you went to the movies? Enjoy easy parking & trying to eat a chocolate-coated icecream in the dark ...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Great Pizza's & burgers in the evenings. Great coffee and treats in the day time, plus essentials. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A lovely drive or walk up to Titirangi Hill (also known as Kaiti Hill) and enjoy the lovely views of the city, out to the ocean and Young Nicks Head. An awesome place for a photo.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“The Vines at Bushmere is a lovely restaurant and vineyard. Lovely food, nice wine.”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“The Rivers is Gisborne’s “local”, with the true Irish flavour. Family friendly, well priced menu with generous portions. Gisborne’s only Beer Master. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“These guys generally do a good dinner. It has a good atmosphere and tasty food”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Fine dining. Beautiful meals and a great wine selection. Not for the budget conscious.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Right beside Lone Star. Great wine and Tapas. Views stunning especially at sunset. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“If you are looking for a delicious Pizza for a snack or a meal... then these are your people!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful food, light lunches, evening meals. You just go for a cup of coffee. Friendly, helpful staff.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“Family friendly restaurant and bar. Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. Caters to a wide range of customers.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“Best sandwiches in town - made on freshly baked bread (if you get there early enough in the morning you can see them pulling it out of the oven!). Great coffee, smoothie, and brioche selection.”
  • 3 locals recommend

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