At Gisborne we stayed at the Waikanae Beach Holiday Park. It was close to the beach, town and waterfront.
Waikanae Beach is long and stretches off in a crescent shape for kilometres. The other end is the start of the port at Gisborne. I had an okay surf and body surf at Waikanae Beach.
The waterfront pathway passed along the river and seaport at Gisborne. There were ships doing their shipping thing and fisherman fishing and kids swimming. At one stage, a dolphin made its way quite visibly along the river pass the fishermen and swimmers. Thoughtfully, the fishermen withdrew their lines and the kids swam closer to shore.