WOW Surf School is situated in Gisborne, the ultimate surfing destination. A gorgeous little surf town situated on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Out east Gisborne is superbly off the beaten track – a surfers dream! A small local population and over 35 surf breaks to choose from within 100km of Gisborne, means there is something for all surfing levels from beginner to pro.
If you decide to come and learn to Surf Gisborne waves, you will learn surfing amongst the most beautiful surroundings of New Zealand: you might surf with a backdrop of the famous cliffs -Young Nicks head, or the secluded landscapes of pohutakawa and bush.Rythm and Vines Festival over the New Year period and various summer winery music tours. Read more about winery music tours... →
A place of natural beauty with some of the most fertile soil in the land as well as epic coastal scenery fringed by majestic Norfolk pines, marine reserves for untouched snorkeling, rock slides, rivers, wineries, sandy beaches, and some of the highest sunshine hours in the country.
Gisborne is a place of important cultural significance, as it was the place where the first European sighted New Zealand and first met the native Maori of New Zealand. Gizzy is blessed with a high percentage of Maori and a privilege of any visitor is to get a glimpse of Maori culture through language, food, sport or performance.
Paradise found– Get yourself to Gizzy!
How to get to Gisborne
From Auckland: take State Highway 2, for a 6.5 hour journey.
For the truly adventurous journey, take State Highway 2 from Auckland and change to State Highway 35 at Opotiki, this will take you via the long route to some of the most isolated and untouched coastline in the North Island. 8.5 hour journey.
From Wellington: take State Highway 2, for a 7 hour journey.
Get a ride
Find people who are interested in sharing a ride or carpooling on Jay Ride website.
Hire a campervan.
Book a van for the ultimate in flexibility from the friendly team at Escape Vans. Pick up your van in Either Auckland or Christchurch.
From most New Zealand cities via Auckland or Wellington-keep an eye on Air New Zealand’s Grab a Seat offers to get lower prices!
Naked Bus has some cheap deals if you book in early. A great way to see a bit of the country on the way options to stop at a variety of destinations in New Zealand.
Intercity will also get you to Gisborne via most New Zealand cities and towns.
Travel times by car:
- Auckland Gisborne 489km 6hrs 10 min
- Raglan – Gisborne 423km 5hrs 34mins
- Whangamata – Gisborne 376km 4hrs 54 min
- Tauranga – Gisborne 287km 3hrs 43min
- Whakatane – Gisborne 186km 2hrs 20 mins
- Mahia – Gisborne 86.8km 1 hr 10 mins
- Napier – Gisborne 215km 2hrs 41 mins
- Wellington – Gisborne 536km 6hours 47mins
Where to Stay
Holiday Parks – Waikanae Beach
For more accommodation options, visit the Gisborne info centre: http://gisbornenz.com/accommodation/
Movies to watch
Whale Rider Click here to see the trailer. The movie was set in and around Gisborne region. A must see!!
What to do next?
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