A taste of Tairāwhiti

When the season’s harvest come to fruit, it’s time to head to Tairāwhiti Gisborne for Labour Weekend. It’s the first long weekend to celebrate the coming of summer and the land of the first light is the perfect place to soak up the good life with plenty of fun, food and merriment under the sun.

One of the most anticipated weekends of the year, First Light Wine & Food Gisborne showcases award-winning local wine producers offering over 15 varietals, a tasty mix of venues serving up delicious local kai and live entertainment.

You’ll also get a chance to discover Sunshine Brewery - New Zealand’s oldest independent brewery as well as Harvest Cidery who have been producing some of NZ’s favourite award-winning ciders for over 25 years.

Meet the Makers of the Land of the First Light

Blessed with plenty of sunshine hours and fertile lands stretching from country to coast, Tairāwhiti is a stunning corner of New Zealand that is made to be savoured.   

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Your 3-day Labour Weekend itinerary for fun, food and friends

Fun in the sun, food and wine, with friends and with family, it’s the perfect place to ring in the sweet flavours of summer. Here’s how to spend your Labour Weekend in Gisborne.

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Makings of the great First Light Wine and Food Gisborne

Since 1999, Gisborne has hosted an annual Wine and Food Festival in the land of the first light – backed by a thriving community of food and wine growers

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