Dome Cinema & Bar, Gisborne

We went to a movie at Dome Cinema in Gisborne for the first time this year, and what a treat it was. There’s a bar onsite, add a sunny evening and we were happy with a pre movie drink of cold Gisborne Gold.

Gisborne Gold at Dome Cinema & Bar

Gisborne Gold at Dome Cinema & Bar

Dome Cinema & Bar is in the grand old Poverty Bay Club, the cinema is in the billiards room of the former gentleman’s club. The bar still has a gentleman’s club feel with low lighting, old framed photos, an ornate wooden fire surround, and worn  leather couches. The gentleman’s club … Read the rest

Gisborne – our ‘go to place’ for sunshine

We often wondered about people who went to the same destination every year for a holiday, it didn’t seem like something we would do. Then one year we went to Gisborne and turned into the sort of people we wondered about. We don’t go every year, more likely every second, but it’s the one place we return to regularly. Given I recently resurrected Driving the East Cape from Gisborne to Opotiki, I thought I’d share some of what makes Gisborne a favourite destination for us.

Waikanae Beach, Gisborne

Waikanae Beach, Gisborne

The weather – It seems every Christmas/New Year in one part of … Read the rest

Smash Palace Bar, Gisborne

The name Smash Palace gives an indication of what to expect – think a guy called Gazza getting a liquor licence for his second hand shop / wreckers yard and inviting his mates around for a party. There’s a pool table, Lion Red on tap and a mix of soft and hard rock on the sound system. Smash turns it up mid January for the annual rock and metal event – Hell Smash Fest.

Welcome to Smash Palace, Gisborne

Welcome to Smash Palace, Gisborne

Smash Palace, Gisborne

Smash Palace, Gisborne

Outdoor seating at Smash Palace

Outdoor seating at Smash Palace

Smash Palace, Gisborne

Smash Palace, Gisborne

One of Gazza’s mates has conveniently landed a DC3 in … Read the rest

Kaiaua Beach Horse Races, Tolaga Bay

Racing this time at Kaiaua Beach Horse Races … Posse won race 2 with Lady Gaga coming home fourth; don’t know about race 1, we were getting the car stuck in a paddock; race 3 was a 22 horse race, our lucky dip pick Sarge came second but first place is the only one that pays at Kaiaua, it was Mac that stormed down the beach to take first and pay $10 the win ….

A big field at Kaiaua Beach Races

A big field at Kaiaua Beach Races

Time for hot chips and a bet on race 4, Posse took the win again with Lady Gaga … Read the rest

Happy New Year from the Skinny Dip Capital of the World

NEWS FLASH 😉 It’s official, Gisborne now hold the Guinness World Record for Largest Skinny Dipping (744 people)! (On 8 March 2015 The Fig Group in Australia set a new world record with 786 people).

Gisborne 'Bay Watch' on duty

Gisborne ‘Bay Watch’ on duty

People have been getting their gear off around the world to try and beat the skinny dipping world record currently held by 729 people who bared all at a Spanish beach in July. In the naked queue for the record were 805 people who took to the water in November at a clothes optional beach in Florida, but they … Read the rest