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Gisborne Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Gisborne Car Rental & Nearby Locations
Car Hire Gisborne
Gisborne is a coastal city on the east side of New Zealand’s North Island. Often overlooked as a tourist destination, the city actually has lots to offer visitors, including beautiful beaches, world-class food and wine, a lively arts and music scene, and fascinating Maori culture.
If you’re travelling to Gisborne, renting a car is the easiest way to explore the city and the surrounding area. Budget car rental is conveniently located at Gisborne Airport, so you can pick up your rental vehicle as soon as you land.
Family Accommodation in Gisborne
Gisborne has plenty of family-friendly hotels, so it’s easy to find accommodation, whatever your budget.
Motel Oasis in Tamarau is a good choice if you don’t mind being a little out of the city centre. It’s just a couple of km from the beach, with easy car access and plenty of parking, and a nice outdoor heated pool. There are also bikes and scooters provided free of charge that the kids will love, and you can use them to head into town or down to the beach. The motel has a number of units designed with families in mind, including interconnecting suites.
If you want to be closer to the centre of the action, consider the Bella Vista Motel, which is centrally-located on Gladstone Road. It’s within walking distance of the Botanical Gardens, and close to Gisborne CBD with its shops and restaurants. Studios and one-bedroom units with kitchen facilities are available, and you can also book interconnecting rooms for larger families.
For budget-friendly accommodation that’s right on the beach, you’ll love the Top 10 Holiday Park on Waikanae Beach. Just a 4-minute walk from the train station and two km from the Botanic Gardens and Tairawhiti Museum, the location offers the best that the beach and the city have to offer. The family units have a kitchenette, living area, and sleep up to six. The site has a kid-friendly swimming pool, jumping pillow, and a giant chessboard. There’s also surfboard and kayak hire available.
Things to Do in Gisborne
Gisborne’s beaches are some of the biggest attractions the city has to offer. The city centre is within walking distance of the beach, and all the beaches in the area have clean golden sand and are great for swimming, picnics, and surfing. Waikanae Beach near the city centre also has three kids’ playgrounds and a bike riding area, suitable for kids of all ages.
Gisborne Botanical Gardens on the banks of the Taraheru River are another popular spot in the city. The gardens date back to 1874 and include native trees and flowers, a free-flying bird aviary, a picnic area, and a children’s playground.
Almost half the population of Gisborne is Maori, and the city is proud of its Maori history and heritage, which you can explore at Tairawhiti Museum and Art Gallery. This small museum has some interesting exhibits as well as a café and shop.
One of the most popular attractions in the local area is the Rere Falls and Rockslide. This beautiful waterfall set in a nature park is a great place for a picnic. Nearby is an area where shallow water cascades over smooth rocks you can slide down into a waterhole. Make sure to wear a wet suit to protect yourself from bumps and scratches, and this activity isn’t recommended for younger kids!
The Gisborne area is also known for its excellent wineries, and while wine-tastings are obviously an adult-only activity, several of them are set up for families. Try Wrights Vineyard & Winery, which has a relaxed restaurant and a play area for the kids.
Due to its exposed position on the west coast, Gisborne experiences more varied weather than other cities on the North Island, although the mountains to the west do provide the city with some shelter, meaning that Gisborne isn’t as windy as some other coastal cities.
Average temperatures range from 18°C to 24°C in the summer months, sometimes rising above 30°C. Winters are mild with a daytime average temperature of around 10°C in the winter months.
Fuel Locations in Gisborne
There are several service stations located throughout the city and close to the airport. If you’re returning your rental vehicle to Budget at our Gisborne Airport location, you can fill up at the Z service station, located within the grounds of the airport.
Distances to Gisborne Attractions
The following distances are measured from Gisborne Airport:
- Gisborne Botanical Gardens 4.5km
- Tairawhiti Museum 5km
- Waikanae Beach 4km
- Wainui Beach 10.5km
- Makorori Beach 16km
- Kaiti Hill 7km
- Rere Falls 45km
Where can I watch the sunrise in Gisborne?
Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the sunrise every morning! So naturally, you want to make sure you experience a few sunrises while you’re here. The top of Otiki Hill, by East Cape Lighthouse, is a great spot to watch the sun appear over the ocean, or head to Wainui Beach for sunrise surf session that you won't forget in a hurry.
What is there to do in Gisborne for free?
The beaches that surround Gisborne city are, of course, all completely free to enjoy and you can easily spend a few days relaxing, swimming, surfing, and exploring them. Hiking up to the top of Kaiti Hill and seeing the city from above also costs absolutely nothing and is a highly recommended experience. Gisborne Botanical Garden is also free to enter. If you want to experience the region’s wines, beers, and ciders, several of the city’s breweries and vineyards offer free tasting sessions.