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Couple at Sunset. Photo Tourism Eastland NZ
Couple at Sunset. Photo Tourism Eastland NZ
Surfing Champion Richard Christie, Gisborne NZ
Surfing Champion Richard Christie, Gisborne NZ
Perfect Wainui Beach, Gisborne New Zealand
Perfect Wainui Beach, Gisborne New Zealand
Gisborne, Grays Bush. Photo Tourism Eastland
Gisborne, Grays Bush. Photo Tourism Eastland
Gisborne Central Aerial View. Gisborne NZ
Gisborne Central Aerial View. Gisborne NZ
Gisborne Inner Harbour. Photo Tourism Eastland
Gisborne Inner Harbour. Photo Tourism Eastland
Rere Falls in Gisborne. Tourism Eastland NZ
Rere Falls in Gisborne. Tourism Eastland NZ
Captain Cook Statute. Ian Trafford, Tourism NZ
Captain Cook Statute. Ian Trafford, Tourism NZ

Gisborne Information

Gisborne is a small city of just over 34,000 inhabitants on the northeast shores of New Zealand. Sitting astride not one but three river systems gives the area its nickname as the ‘City of Rivers’. That and its proximity to some of the whitest sandy beaches in the southern hemisphere makes the area a magnet for Aquatic sports and activities.

Gisborne’s industries include Agriculture, Horticulture, Farming and Forestry, all of which add to the economy of the region. However, it is for wine and in particular, Chardonnay that Gisborne has earned its reputation as the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand, producing over a third of the country’s yield from the largest area of Chardonnay Vines on the Islands.

For at least part of the year, the city boasts the title as the first city in the world to see the sunrise and what a sunrise. Most locals agree; there is nothing better than wandering down to the pristine Wainui beach and witnessing the spectacular sight as the first rays of the sun rush to greet you from the horizon.

There are several festivals in the region, the main ones include the ‘Dawn Raid’ in January, a mega concert featuring some of the top Hip-Hop acts around. The ‘Rhythm and Vines’ concert with international artists celebrating on New Years Eve in one of the local vineyards and the ‘National Food and Wine Festival’

Visitors to Gisborne spend their days relaxing on golden sands, trekking and sightseeing through incredible countryside and boutique vineyards, touring through historical townships, hiking through to Cook’s Cove Walkway where Captain Cook took shelter to repair his ship, the Endeavour, visiting East Cape Lighthouse for amazing panoramic views or fishing along the country’s longest wharf at Tolaga Bay.

For the adventure seekers, there is Water Skiing, Boating, Scuba Diving, Jet Skis, Snorkelling, Fishing Charters, Surfing, Hiking, Health Spas and numerous other activities to keep the whole family amused.

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Daytime View Overlooking Gisborne Harbour. Photo Courtesy of Gray Clapham
Daytime View Overlooking Gisborne Harbour. Photo Courtesy of Gray Clapham
Picturesque Night View of Gisborne. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Eastland NZ
Picturesque Night View of Gisborne. Photo Courtesy of Tourism Eastland NZ