Wainui Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand

Wainui Beach is a small settlement on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, located some 6kms to the north east of Gisborne. Wainui’s crystal clear waters attract surfers from all over the world. It is also great for swimming, sunbathing, surfcasting, jogging or just walking, the beach itself is a 4km crescent of golden sand with rocky headlands at both ends. 

At the south end of the beach is Tuahine Point with its derelict lighthouse, making it an adventurous walk around the rocks. To the north is the Wainui-Makarori headland which has a walkway up to stunning views over Wainui and the neighbouring Makarori Beach.

At the centre of the beach known as “The Pines”, is the local Wainui Surf Club which patrols the swimming area during summer directly across the main road from the blackhouse.

Activities include:

  • 1,000 acre farm walks with spectacular ocean and rural views
  • Surfing one of New Zealand's top surfing beaches (lessons available)
  • Deep sea and trout fishing (guided tours available)
  • Golf courses including renowned Poverty Bay
  • local wineries(tours available)
  • Explore the Coast with Mahia Penninsula to the south and the East coast to the North
  • Morere hot springs
  • Feed the Stingrays at Tatapouri Beach
  • Mountain bikes welcome with tracks available
  • There will be a list of restaurants and attractions when you arrive
  • Eastwood hill Arboretum
  • Rere falls
  • Local farmers market every Saturday morning



We are here


Gisborne Golf

Gisborne Farmers Market

AA Travel Guide of NZ

Gisborne Wine centre

Eastwoodhill Arboretum

Dive Tatapouri 

Fiona Duncan

Air New Zealand

The Millton Vineyard



Poverty Bay Winery

TW Wines


Bushmere Estate

Kirkpatrick Estate Wines

Wrights Vineyard & Winery


Darcy Hamilton Guided Fly Fishing

Gisborne Helicopters