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Tourists keep Gisborne buzzing

A SECOND wave of tourists enjoying the Gisborne summer have kept supermarkets and the i-Site visitor centre busy.

A spokesperson for the i-Site centre on Grey Street said there was a steady stream of visitors through the doors made up mainly of families and individuals from around New Zealand.

The main destination the domestic tourists were asking about was the Rere Rockslide, on the AA list of 101 things to do in New Zealand, and Rere Falls just down the road.

“A lot of people also want to do the walks and hikes around Gisborne like the Te Kuri walk and the Cooks Cove walk in Tolaga.

“A lot of them have said that they really enjoyed the beach dig over the weekend and we have had a lot of families redeeming their mini golf coupons and enjoying a game of mini golf here as well,” she said.

Other places feeling the continuing trend of Gisborne’s popularity over summer include supermarkets.

Gisborne Countdown acting store manager Kit Harding said the most popular items in Gisborne at the moment were typical summer items such as stone fruit, melons, strawberries and raspberries, ice, and lots of bottled water.

“Local speciality cheeses have also been extremely popular with visitors as well as crackers and other condiments.

“Gisborne is a very popular summer holiday spot and further to the big New Year’s Eve influx we’re also now experiencing a second wave of visitors, which has definitely made Countdown busy. We’re working hard to meet the demand and have extra stock coming in each day as well as extra team on the floor to help re-stock as fast as possible.

“There was a brief shortage of plastic bags in the produce section due to demand, but this has now been sorted out and the plastic bags are back in stock.

“The great weather in Gisborne has meant that BBQ foods are also in high demand, such as kebabs, chops and sausages. Fresh baked bread has also been flying off the shelves this season. And of course insect repellent and sunscreen are popular at this time of the year.”

The Warehouse assistant store manager Tracy Crago said they have noticed that camping gear had been very popular.

“Particularly our camping chairs and airbeds," she said.

"We’ve also seen people well prepared for all eventualities with our rain ponchos and bottled water selling well.”


SUMMER WONDERLAND: Not to brag or anything, but the rest of the country has forecasts for heavy rain, severe gales and thunderstorms while Gisborne and its visitors make the most of beaches and rivers to cool off from 30-degree plus days this week.It has been “hot as”. The line-up left on the Pouawa bridge jump in to join those already in the lagoon below. This activity was on the go all day. Pictures by Liam Clayton
Gemma Barber, 13, and Tasco Barber, 12, lounge on an airbed in the shallows at Pouawa. The weather was hot enough to dry the airbed before anyone had to sleep on it.
Jimmi Collier-Willson, 5, and Beau Collier-Wlllson, 8, enjoy the waves at Pouawa Beach with their aptly-named dogs Kina and Paua.