Cheap Flights to Gisborne

Gisborne overview

When is the best time to fly to Gisborne?

Peak season

Situated on the East Cape of New Zealand, you can take domestic flights to Gisborne from anywhere in the country for an enjoyable sun-filled break. Known for its excellent weather, laid back beach vibe, outdoor attractions and friendly locals, Gisborne may be off-the-beaten track but it shouldn’t be forgotten. Summer (December to March) is the most popular time for tourism with Kiwis and overseas tourists descending on the town for swimming, surfing, wineries and festivals. Rhythm and Vines is an iconic three-day summer festival in Gisborne over the New Year period and attracts thousands of people. Flight tickets and accommodation prices are accordingly at their peak during this time, so don’t expect to get a bargain.

Off Season

Visit Gisborne during winter (June to August) and you’ll experience fewer crowds, more availability in accommodation and mild, sunny weather. August is the best month for a mid-winter getaway and when you’ll find the cheapest flights to Gisborne.

When is the best time to book a flight to Gisborne?

August, November and early December are the best months to score cheap flights to Gisborne. April is also good time to visit as it’s after peak holiday season and the weather isn’t too hot.

How long is the flight to Gisborne?

Flights from Auckland to Gisborne – 1 hr 5 mins

Flights from Wellington to Gisborne – 1 hrs 5 mins

Flights from Christchurch to Gisborne - 2 hrs 30 mins

Flights from Dunedin to Gisborne - 3 hrs 20 mins

Which airlines operate flights to Gisborne?

Domestic carrier Air New Zealand operates regular daily flights to Gisborne from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Sunair also provides domestic flights to Gisborne from other cities throughout the North Island including Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton and New Plymouth.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

Gisborne Airport (GIS) is situated on the outskirts of Gisborne 3.5 km west of the city and has just one terminal receiving domestic flights. The best way to get into town is to catch a taxi next to the baggage area or an airport shuttle bus. The journey time is five minutes.

Gisborne insider information

Gisborne itself offers leisure activities that everyone can enjoy. Book a round at the local golf course, go for a swim at the Olympic Pool or enjoy an atmospheric ride on the local Vintage Railway which provides exceptional views of the coastal landscape.

Get close to local characters like sting-rays (with expert guides in attendance), while special tours can be booked which include walks across the coastal reef at low tide, showing its diverse animal life. More adventurous tourists can even book a session in a shark cage, but for many, scuba diving on the reef will be sufficient.

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