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The Works Café and Bar


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This captivating dock-based building is the only survivor from a line of original 1906 warehouses. The old freezing works, with thick brick walls and a high concrete ceiling (perfect cellar conditions) was rescued at the last minute and still holds the demolition scars on its right-hand side. Now the character-charged Works Winery houses the cellar door for Thorpe Brothers Wines and Tiritiri vineyard and The Works Café offers first-rate meals or light bites, top coffee and knock-your-socks-off cocktails day and night.

  • Contact: Cnr The Esplanade & Crawford Rd, Gisborne
  • Tel: 06-863-1285
  • Fax: 06-863-0596
  • Email:
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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East Coast Highlights

  • Circumnavigate the East Cape on SH35, a route virtually untouched by tourism. The rugged landscape is an astounding combination of coastal beauty, pohutukawa trees and dense inland forest. Potter from one isolated bay to the next, chill out on remote beaches and observe the strong Maori influence in this region before bagging a photo of the East Cape Lighthouse and Tolga Bay Wharf (the longest pier in NZ). Don't forget your surfboard.
  • Lose yourself in Te Urewera National Park tramping its Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk (ensuring that you find yourself again, of course).
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