Gisborne

Gisborne District Council
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Gisborne is lucky enough to occupy a beautiful and remote part of New Zealand.  Its isolation perched out on the most easterly edge of the country has shaped the town and its charming coastal character. The city is compact, easy to navigate and surrounded by world class surf beaches, quality vineyards, groves of citrus, magnificent trees and wild rivers that meander towards empty beaches.

Rich in history, Gisborne has played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins.  It’s where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed over 800 year ago, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769 making Gisborne the birthplace of the nation.

Gisborne is the most easterly city in the world.  As you watch the sun rise out of the Pacific Ocean you can be certain that you are one of the first people in the world to greet the new day.  Only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre, you catch the first sunrise at Wainui Beach.

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Bridge Pa Wine Festival 2019

"Wine, Food, and Music in the Stunning Hawke's Bay!"

Eight Wineries in the Bridge Pa Triangle Wine District of Hawke's Bay, are once again coming together to run the Fourth Annual Bridge Pa Wine Festival.

Bridge Pa wineries benefit from being close to each other and all wineries will be connected by Hop On/Hop Off Buses throughout the day, allowing attendees to visit multiple wineries and enjoy a wide range of wine experiences. Each Winery has different offerings of Wine, Food, and Music - see individual winery websites or the Bridge pa Triangle facebook page for more information.

The wineries involved are Abbey Estate, Alpha Domus, Ash Ridge Winery, Ngatarawa, Oak Estate, Paritua, Red Metal and Sileni. Visit their websites to see the activities for the day.

Getting to and from the Festival --

As responsible hosts, we recommend you use the festivals buses to get to and from the festival. If not you will need a designated driver if you’re travelling by car. Full day parking is available at some of the wineries for patrons not using the transfer bus service, please call the winery you intend to park at to ensure space. If a winery’s parking is full, then cars will be directed to another participating winery.

Prices -- 

A general admission ticket gets you access to each of the seven festival sites, and access to the hop on/hop off buses that travel between each festival site. You will also get a festival brochure and festival glass when you complete registration at your first winery.

General Admission Only - $39 per person, $59 for GA + bus tickets.

Admission does not include wine or food.

Please don’t bring any alcohol with you. Bags will be checked at the entrance to each winery. This event will go ahead rain or shine, it will not be cancelled for weather. Tickets are limited to 2500 participants so be quick to book.

Online sales of tickets will finish at 5pm on the day before the festival. Please bring proof of purchase from Eventfinda (including voucher number) for entry onto one of the city transfer busses if you have purchased this option.

Tickets are restricted to people over the age of 18, Please bring a passport, NZ driving license or NZ 18+ card as a valid forms of identification, you will be required to show this before festival passes are issued.

The wineries promote the responsible consumption of alcohol. Food, water and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at all participating wineries. Any person that exhibits signs of intoxication will be asked to leave the festival.

Catering --

Each winery is teaming up with a local chef or restaurant to offer a variety of dishes from 10am to 5:30pm, at varying price points. Free water is available at all festival site bars, along with bottled water for purchase.

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Certified Self Contained Motorhome / Caravan Parking

Sileni, 2016 Maraekakaho Road, RD 1, Hastings - 200m west of the main entrance to Sileni. Follow the signposts

  • Cash Payment to be made on arrival - $10.00 per night, per van
  • Arrival times: 4pm Friday 18th to depart by Sunday morning 20th January
  • Parking Information only, contact Tony Pyepyetransport@xtra.co.nz
  • No booking required, plenty of space
  • Certified Self Contained vehicles only
  • No pets please
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Gisborne the birthplace of the Nation

Rich in history, Gisborne has played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins.  It’s where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed over 800 year ago, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769 making Gisborne the birthplace of the nation.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Eastland

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