Gisborne

Eastland

Eastland

Caractéristiques

  • Top notch surf beaches
  • Wine trail - Chardonnay is the specialty
  • Maori culture and heritage

Proximity

  • By car: 3 hr 30 min from Rotorua
  • By plane: 1 hr from Auckland

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If you have a strong interest in Māori culture - and you love food, wine and surf beaches - Gisborne is a city you won't want to miss.

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Chutes de Rere, Eastland

By Ian Trafford

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Sunrise at The Pines, Eastland

By Damon Meade

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Cycling on Oneroa Walkway, Eastland

By Cycle Gisborne

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Surf, Eastland

By Ian Trafford

Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning, and it has a reputation for great food, wine and surf beaches. As the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’, Gisborne has a comprehensive wine trail leading to boutique wineries. Several operators offer custom tours tailored for individuals or groups, to spare you the problem of driving.

Kaiti Beach is the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand (9 October 1769); nearby is picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. If you’re interested in Māori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call on your itinerary – old traditions are still evident in many parts of the city. Oral history records Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill as the point of arrival for the migratory waka (canoe), Horouta, which brought the first Māori to the area.

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Where to Next

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