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InterCity operates daily buses Auckland to Gisborne, with fares starting from as low as $1 (+booking fee). Your journey from Auckland to Gisborne will take just over 9 hours on this direct service.
Buses leave from the main InterCity terminal at 102 Hobson Street, Central Auckland and arrive at the bus stop located outside the Gisborne i-SITE at 209 Grey Street after passing through Hamilton, Rotorua and Whakatane.
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Gisborne or 'Gizzy' as it's known to the locals, is New Zealand's most easterly city, being located at the north end of Poverty Bay in the North Island. It was here that Captain Cook first stepped ashore in New Zealand in 1769.
Gisborne is known for great surf beaches, plenty of sunshine and great wine - the region is the third largest producer in New Zealand of wine grapes after Marlborough and the Hawkes Bay.
The popular Rhythm and Vines New Year's festival is held in Gisborne every year, bringing music fans and holidaymakers flocking here year after year to celebrate. It's the perfect spot for it too, as Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun, making it the first city to welcome in any new year!
Gisborne is the main city in the Eastland region, a region that has been blessed with an abundance of exquisite untouched scenery. Here you can enjoy camping, diving, fishing, hunting, swimming and surfing. The beaches and shorelines are raw and rough, as if they haven’t been touched or visited in years.
If you love nature and trees you have to visit the Eastwoodhill Arboretum where you’ll find the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator. You can spend the whole day admiring the collection and you’ll probably come across a few interesting exotic trees that you’ve never seen before.
There are also a number of lovely forest walking, tramping and hiking trails for those who appreciate inhaling the fresh misty forest air. Guided bike tours are also available where instructors can take you through secluded areas of dense forestland. Alternatively, there are short easy biking or walking trails from the centre of town.
If you wish to learn more about Maori culture, Gisborne is steeped in history. Many years ago, the first few waka (canoes) that landed in New Zealand first came to Titirangi Hill, Gisborne. A culturally significant place to New Zealand and the region, this is an integral part of Maori history and legends. The Tarawhiti Museum is home to early Maori artefacts and photographs, providing an insight into the lives of those who lived on this land hundreds of years ago.
Kick back and relax at Smash Palace, a bar that has famously provided live music in Gisborne for the past 25 years. Its quirky interior and delicious food and drinks provide a solid foundation for an awesome night out. Not to mention being crowned the best Music Entertainment Venue at the 2016 Hospitality NZ Awards!
To find out more about Gisborne visit outeast.co.nz
Traveling from Auckland to Gisborne by bus is easy and well worth the bus ride! Gisborne is a great getaway when the crowds of larger New Zealand cities are too much to bear.
InterCity offer two bus passes, the FlexiPass and the TravelPass both offering flexible travel within a set budget. You have the flexibility to jump on and off wherever and whenever you please and managing travel online is a breeze!