Top 5 Gisborne Region – Backpacking Tips

Our top 5 in the Gisborne region

Today we show you our personal Top 5 from the Gisborne region. In the Gisborne region there is a lot to see, we are relatively fast but with many stops across the region. In addition to the proximity to the sea, it has also taken us to Eastcape to see the earliest sunrise. Have fun reading our 5 most beautiful places.


  1. Rere Rockslide
  2. Rere Falls
  3. Whitikau DoC Campground
  4. Tokomaru Ghost Town
  5. East Cape


1. Rere Rockslide

The Rere Rockslides are a kind of natural waterslide. With body boards, air mattresses or inflated rubber tires you can have a lot of fun! Just go into the river, sit down or lie on the board and enjoy the descent slide into the large pool. It is advisable to wear a wetsuit, on the one hand because the water can be quite cold, on the other hand as protection against minor scratches. But even without a board or wetsuit worth a visit here, that is already a lot of fun!

Rere Natural Rockslide


2. Rere Falls

Five meters high and more than 20 meters wide, the Rere Falls make their way through the green. With a little courage and in good or warm weather you can climb behind the curtain of water and go swimming in the natural pool. Wide green meadows invite you to picnic and the adjacent forest offers a beautiful view.

Rere Falls


3. Whitikau DoC campsite

The arrival on 40 kilometres of gravel road from the highway craving over 1 1/2 hours of concentration while driving to the campsite. The road is narrow, there are steep slopes right next to one off and oncoming traffic, there is only one possibility: backwards to the next stop! But who loves adventurous roads and remote places, should take the trouble, the DoC place compensates for this! A beautiful forest right on the river with a great water quality (the tastiest water we have ever drunk in New Zealand)! There is a small outhouse, 2 barbecue areas, running water thanks to the river and in cloudless skies a breath taking starry sky!

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Whitikau Doc Campingplatz


4. Tokomaru Ghost Town

At the beginning of the 20th century, the industry flourished here, a shipyard was established, several warehouses and large sales halls were also there. About 400 workers were employed and lived in the immediate vicinity of a small town.1952 the plant was closed and all workers were forced to leave their homes. Today, about 350 people live in the city between the closed shops. The ruins can be visited for free; it is really impressive to get an insight into the way of working of 100 years ago. If you like exploring, you will find a suitable gateway to the past.

Tokomaru Geisterstadt


5. East Cape

The road to the East Cape leads only along the coast; you have a wonderful view over the bays, the turquoise blue sea and the lonely islands. It continues through a steppe-like vegetation, past cow and sheep meadows. You have plenty of time to enjoy the scenery as the gravel road does not allow you to drive fast. Every now and then a cow leaves the pasture and crosses the road. The path to the lighthouse leads through private grounds and a private herd of horses before winding its way up 800 steps up the mountain. Once at the top you have a fantastic view to all sides of the landscape, the mountains, and the sea. The climb is definitely worth it.

East Cape Leuchtturm



These are our personal Top 5 from the Gisborne region, what kinds of things do you like best? Just write us your Top 5 in the comments; we look forward to a lively exchange!


Questions, comments or additions

Do you have any questions or comments about our article? Or you have a supplement because you have found a great place? Then we look forward to your comment here under the article.

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