Explore Gisborne & East Cape

The first city on the planet to greet the sun, gisborne and the surrounding region is home to an extensive coastline, dense forests, and some of the best white wines in the world.

At the north-west tip of the North Island, Gisborne -6 hours’ drive from Auckland or Wellington- may seem a bit isolated from the rest of the country. Yet, the region’s diversity and vitality more than make up for its remote location. Surf beaches (that have seen many world champions ride their first wave), mountainous forest parks, a rich food culture and great little vineyards are only a few of the many appeals that Gisborne has.

New Zealand's most historic locations

Explore Gisborne

Kaiti Beach, one of New Zealand’s most historic spots, is the landing site of the Horouta waka (Māori watercraft or canoe), around the 13th century. It brought ancestors of the first Māori to the region. Incidentally, it is also the site of Captain Cook’s first landing on 9 October 1769. As a result, Gisborne has an important historical heritage and old traditions are still strong. With only 35,000 inhabitants, Gisborne is by no means a large urban area. Yet, it is big enough to be interesting on its own, or as the region’s commercial and cultural hub. The beautiful and overall swim-safe coastline hides a rugged and densely-forested bush with amazing camping spots, particularly around beautiful Lake Wakaremoana.




new zealand map gisborne

Population 43,656

Household average yearly income $71,396

Main centres Gisborne, Wairoa