The blackhouse, Wainui Beach, Gisborne

The blackhouse is situated in Wainui Beach which is 6 kilometres from Gisborne city centre, heading north on State Highway 35, also known as "The Pacific Coast Highway" ... one of the Pacific's most scenic coastal road journeys.

Gisborne is the main city of the Eastland Region (pop 45,000), a vast triangle on the North Island's eastern seaboard which includes the Eastern Bay of Plenty, the East Cape, Gisborne, Mahia Peninsula, Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park.

With Gisborne's warm, sunny weather ... most years boasting the highest annual sunshine hours in the country. We are famous for our beaches, surfing, fishing ... and wine!  They call Gisborne the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand.

Gisborne has always been known as a fabulous beach holiday destination ... the archetypical summer vacation destination.  We're only  50 minutes by Air New Zealand from both Auckland and Wellington, and around 6 hours by car ... a great road trip and a scenic adventure either way. Or you can fly in by Helicopter!