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A region renowned for its spectacular sunrises

Time is on your side here in Tairāwhiti, the land of the first light. So, what better way to start the day than a leisurely, lavish brunch?

From central Gisborne to the top of the East Cape, here are a few of our favourite places for those of you looking for the best of the brunch.

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Bagels for brunch at Frank and Albie’s, Gisborne

Coffee, baking, bagels and smoothies – what more could you ask for? Frank and Albie’s is a popular hotspot in the of heart of the CBD that serves up bagels that you could enjoy for brunch, lunch or dinner. Popular menu items include the peppered beef bagel, hot smoked salmon bagel, and the ever so enticing pea and avocado bagel. Only open on weekdays, treat yourself to a midweek brunch and live a little.

Good food and good vibes at Flagship Eatery, Gisborne

Serving up all-day breakfast means you don’t have to put the alarm on to grab some delicious brunch at Flagship Eatery. Upon entering its trademark bright red doors, you’ll be welcomed to a beautiful space to easily lose track of time. Nothing else matters but the sensational eggs benedict, the cajun lemon tofu scramble or nibbling on house-made crumpets.

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Donut dreams at Curbside Kitchen, Gisborne

Decadent donuts straight out of your dreams. Curbside Kitchen is a genius donut making machine. Think lemon cheesecake or salted caramel mallowpuffs - the fantastic flavours are totally tantalising. For those looking to balance the naughty with a little bit of nice, there’s also super fresh salads made daily, cold pressed juice, fresh cut sandwiches and supreme coffee on hand. Located on Balance Street in central Gisborne, grab your favourite treat and head across the river to the Gisborne Botanical Gardens for the perfect brunch outing.

Wonderful waffles at Puku Ora Eatery, Gisborne

Did somebody say waffles? Sweet or savoury, Puku Ora’s waffle menu is enough to make you want to do brunch daily. Next level waffles include the Banoffee Bomb, Berries Delight, the Mexican Chilli or the Big Breakfast. If you have space for a little bit more goodness, there’s a beautiful range of acai bowls, protein shakes, cold-pressed juices and kombucha to enjoy.

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Auntie’s Café, Tolaga Bay (previously known as Uawa Café)

Head out to the small coastal town of Tolaga Bay to catch the first rays of the sun along the sweeping shores of the Pacific Coast Highway. Auntie’s Café, situated on a sunny corner of Tolaga Bay Inn is a perfect spot for a great cuppa coffee, serves up all day big brekkies and fresh kaimoana (seafood), for dining in or takeaway.

Destination brunch at the East Cape Manuka Café, Te Araroa

Situated at the easternmost corner of the East Cape in beautiful Te Araroa, you’ll have to make a bit of an effort to enjoy a brunch at the Manuka Café. You’ll find locally grown manuka tea to enjoy with your heavenly manuka muffins. Classic brunch favourites including pancakes, poached eggs, and smoothies are also available and served with friendly East Coast hospitality. A spot of shopping after brunch at the gift shop with a range of manuka oils, soaps, and skincare always goes down like a treat.

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