Gisborne is a genuine laid-back surf town, with long hot summers and a range of uncrowded surf breaks for both experienced surfers and learners.
There is miles of unsurpassed pristine coastline with beautiful golden East Coast sand and crystal blue waves.
From the beach breaks of Midway and Wainui, to the point and reef breaks of Makorori, and the power and perfection of Tuamotu Island, there is something for every surfer.
There is also good surfing further up the coast north of Gisborne and at Mahia peninsula to the south.
Our beaches can be surfed all year round.
The temperatures are very warm in summer (December-March), when you can surf without a wetsuit or in a spring suit for longer sessions.
The surf is bigger in winter (June-September) but it is cold and a good wetsuit is needed.
Gisborne became a mecca for surfers in the early 1960s when a whole generation of rebellious baby boomers made the Salisbury Road and city (Waikanae / Midway) beach area the hub of a notorious new counter culture.
The art of surfing has survived to become a serious form of recreation and Gisborne continues to attract and produce surfing legends.
Gisborne is also home to one of New Zealand's largest collections of surfboards, housed in a special gallery at Te Whare Taonga o Te Tairawhiti (or Tairawhiti Museum).
These boards, which virtually depict the history of surfing, were collected by Gisborne veteran surfer John Gisby.