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Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival
Get to know the city’s cultural side by booking airfare to Gisborne for the Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival. The event spans 17 days and celebrates the region’s past and present through a variety of performances and art installations. Performances cover all different genres of art, including theatre, music, dance, comedy, and light shows. Performers hail from all over the Gisborne region, and many performances are rooted in the area’s rich Maori culture. Have a look at return flights to Gisborne in October to attend the festival.
Rhythm and Vines
End your year with a bang by booking flights into Gisborne Airport (GIS) for Rhythm and Vines. Rhythm and Vines is a popular music and camping festival that takes place over three days. Both established and up-and-coming New Zealand artists travel to Gisborne to perform onstage. There are plenty of other things to keep you entertained in between musical acts, including food villages, bars, and even waterslides. At the end of the event, Rhythm and Vines gets to be the first festival to see the first sunrise of the new year. Take in the excitement of Rhythm and Vines by booking cheap flights to Gisborne for the last few days in December.
The Chardonnay Affair
Plan your return flights to Gisborne around the annual Chardonnay Affair if you’re a wine connoisseur. Over the course of four days, you’ll find several different events to attend, and each has one thing in common – you’ll get to taste a range of local chardonnays. Enjoy several courses of wine and food onboard the Chardonnay Express, attend a party with wines and live music, or enjoy an outdoor five-course lunch overlooking the ocean. Taste some of the region’s best wines and food by booking cheap flights to Gisborne for the event in late May.
What are the top trips for travelling with children to Gisborne?
Take a surf lesson
Gisborne is a hidden gem in the world of New Zealand surfing. Consider booking onto a lesson when preparing for your flights to Gisborne if you’ve never tried surfing. There are dozens of surf schools and instructors to choose from, plus many different beaches that are perfect for beginner surfers. Some of the top spots to try surfing around the Gisborne area include Waikanae Beach, Wainui Beach, and Makorori Point.
Ride the Gisborne City Vintage Railway
Take a step back in history by taking a ride on the Gisborne City Vintage Railway. The old-fashioned locomotive train was built in 1897 and is the last remaining train of its kind in NZ. Today, visitors holidaying on flights to Gisborne can ride one one of two train routes. The Gisborne City Vintage Railway operates a two-hour journey to Muriwai as well as a three-hour beach loop around the coast of the Gisborne region. Each route is teeming with breathtaking views along the way.
Visit Tairawhiti Museum
Learn more about the local area by paying a visit to the Tairawhiti Museum in between your return flights to Gisborne. Museum exhibits share the art, heritage, and culture of the region. Some of the exhibits you’ll see include fine arts, traditional Maori art, photography, and WWII history of Gisborne. The museum also hosts regular activities and workshops for children to attend.
What is the cost of visiting Gisborne?
Start preparing for your trip with these common expenses once you’ve booked tickets to Gisborne. Both hotels and rental cars can be booked right through Webjet. There are many different hotels available to book, typically costing around $150 NZD per night. A rental car is a necessity if you’ll be venturing out of the city centre during your trip. Browse the rental cars available to book through Webjet after you’ve booked airfare to Gisborne. Rental cars start from about $100 NZD per day and can be picked up from Gisborne Airport (GIS). Public transport isn’t widely available, but there are two bus lines that you could catch while holidaying on flights to Gisborne. Bus fare costs $2 NZD.
Continue prepping for your cheap flights to Gisborne by having a look at the many different attractions and activities on offer. Tickets to Gisborne Vintage Railway cost $35 NZD for adults and $15 NZD for children. The Gisborne region is home to some incredible surfing beaches. Novice surfers could take a group lesson for $50 NZD or one-on-one instruction for $75 NZD. The Tairawhiti Museum is another popular spot to visit while holidaying on flights to Gisborne. Entry costs $5 NZD for adults and is free for children. Finally, tickets to the Eastwoodhill Arboretum cost $15 NZD for adults and $2 NZD for kids.