Why Gisborne

Gisborne, or 'Gizzy' as she's fondly known is a laid back and low key corner of New Zealand.

Located to the south of East Cape this beautiful and remote part of the country is where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed.

It's also where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore and the white cliff headland of Young Nick's Head, the first land sighted by his cabin boy, is visible from the city.

We're far away, but we're just close enough! It'll take you just over 3 hours to drive from Rotorua International Airport, less than 3 hours from Napier or an easy 1 hour flight from Auckland.

Perched out on the most easterly edge of the country, it's one of the first places in the world to greet the sun each day. The region is sheltered by high country to the west making Gisborne one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.


Thanks to its high sunshine hours, Gisborne is the perfect place to practice hitting the beach and riding the waves. Sitting at the north end of the vast sweep of surf and sand known as Poverty Bay, Gisborne is well known for its great surfing breaks and beautiful empty beaches, readily accessible and waiting. 

If you're keen to get back on dry land, take a long, lazy self guided tour of the cafés, bars and restaurants in the compact, walkable city and get a feel for Gisborne's charming rural coastal character.

Away from the coast, there's a sea of wine. Some of the most acclaimed winemakers in the country are based in Gisborne, producing exceptional Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Malbec.

And we haven't even begun to talk about the staggeringly beautiful bush backdrop of Te Urewera, the rippling waters of Waikaremoana and the majestic Panekiri bluff. So come and explore for yourselves - and take your time doing it.