Why Gisborne


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 and because its sheltered by high country to the west, this makes Gisborne one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.

Turanga -nui-a-kiwa or Gisborne is located to the south of East Cape. This is one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the country where Horouta and Takitimu waka first landed. It's also where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore after Te Kuri A Paoa or Young Nick's Head was sighted by his cabin boy. 

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 and because its sheltered by high country to the west, this makes Gisborne one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. 

Thanks to its high sunshine hours, Gisborne is the perfect place to hit 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. 

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 yourself - and take your time doing it.