New Zealand is filled with great escapes. No matter what you're into - or how you like to holiday - there are so many ways to have a fascinating, and simultaneously relaxing, time. One area that is particularly wonderful for summer experiences is Tairawhiti Gisborne. Whether you're looking for a chill-vibe or a thrill ride, there's something for you in this beautiful part of the country.
If it's your first time to the region, you might like to have someone else plan your itinerary. Here are two incredible inclusive packages which mean all you have to do is pack your bag.
The luxury beachfront cabins at Tatapouri Bay are the perfect place to recharge.
Spend five days seeing Tairawhiti Gisborne from all its best angles. You'll pedal an e-bike on historic train tracks, ride a tandem along the coast, enjoy a decadent lunch and tasting at a winery, stay in luxury beachfront accommodation - and in general enjoy everything, from the cultured and historical to the serene and relaxed, in this fabulous pocket of paradise.
There's a lot of flexibility and variety - early risers can watch the sun rise from Wainui beach or even take a surf; fans of culture and history can visit Tairawhiti Museum and Art gallery; and food and wine fans will love indulging in everything from biodynamic drops to chardonnay - or even local lagers and ginger beer to mix things up.
Rere Falls is a must visit.
The second day will have you e-cycling 90 kilometres of coast, exploring stunning vistas and natural 'green' tunnels created from tree canopy and vegetation. Take it at your own pace - stop to picnic if the mood takes you. The scenery is magnificent and you'll want to enjoy it properly.
Day three brings the incredible Rere Rock Slide - and Rere Falls while you're at it - before lunch and wine tasting at Matawhero Winery, one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand. Afterwards, drive to Tatapouri Bay where you'll stay for the next two nights in a beachside cabin. Cook up a storm yourself or check out the local eateries, the choice is yours. Day four suggestions are to drive north to Tolaga Bay to check out the famous wharf - or walk to Cooks Cove if you're feeling active (2.5 hours return) It's all up to you - you might just choose to relax on the beach. Day five is yours to spend as you please- the perfect mix of free time and organised action.
Take a scenic bike ride along historic train tracks for incredible coastal views.
If you need to recharge, and relaxation is your main holiday objective, you might prefer a three day Zen experience of Tairawhiti Gisborne. Your base will be the stunning Tatapouri Bay in a beachfront luxury cabin with the calming sounds of the ocean as your soundtrack.