Meet in Gisborne

By Adam Leggett
Top Meeting Spot: Gisborne

Gisborne has a long history of hosting significant events — from the first historic meeting between Maori and Europeans in 1769 through to modern day conferences, sporting events and concerts.

Over the last five years, several new conference facilities and high-end accommodation providers have opened in Gisborne, offering even more options for your group event.

Gisborne City photo by Gray Clapham
Gisborne City photo by Gray Clapham


Gisborne Airport is only 3km west of the city and the city itself is well-centered between Auckland (499 km), Rotorua (286 km) and Wellington (538km).

Dubbed the ‘city of bridges,’ Gisborne sits on the Waimata and Taruheru Rivers. The main street is Gladstone Road, where most of the shops and services can be found. The main beaches lie south and north of the township.

Gisborne's heart is centred around the inner harbour basin and city centre.  It's easy to meet in Gisborne. Most venues are within walking distance of hotels, motels, shops, restaurants and the beach, so your delegates will spend their time networking, enjoying activities, shopping or relaxing — not sitting in traffic.

Gisborne has a diverse range of venues, including a new conference centre, historic homesteads, luxury lodges, a large capacity event centre, boutique wineries and stunning outdoor venues.

The Emerald Hotel has four conference rooms for up to 350 delegates. Other venues include the Gisborne Showgrounds Events Centre and local motels and restaurants.

At over 1200 square metres, Showgrounds Park Event Centre is Gisborne's largest venue, seating up to 1000, or 1700 standing.

After Work

Wineries and Vineyards
Although famous for producing incredible Chardonnays, Gisborne also produces a wide range of other exceptional wine varieties — Gewürztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot and a raft of other reds. Gisborne wines are world-renowned for their distinctive, intense fruit flavours and easy drinking style.
Gisborne Vineyard
Vineyard in Gisborne photo courtesy of Tourism Gisborne

Beach in Gisborne photo courtesy of Tourism GisborneThe Beach
Catch a surf session at one of Gisborne's popular surf beaches along the east cape of Opotiki to Gisborne town and on to Mahia and Wairoa.

Walk to the reef to feed wild stingrays —  sure to be one of the best brag stories your guests will take home from Gisborne.

Visit the historical sites in Gisborne city where Captain Cook first landed in New Zealand in 1769.  Learn the history of the arrival of the earliest Maori settlers over 700 years ago. Head ‘up the coast’ to experience the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. Stroll down the historical Tolaga Bay Wharf while learning the rich history of our early visitors. Take a walk to beautiful Cook’s Cove, where the crew of Endeavour stopped to take on supplies.

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