Gisborne and the Eastland Region

The First city to see the sunrise

Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day, is located on the East Coast of the North Island where it?s always sunny. The Eastland Region offers superb secluded coasts, crystal-clear rivers, legendary surfing and diving, some of the best trout fishing and sea fishing in the world.

Gisborne Coast

Gisborne Coast


Gisbourne City 30,000 (the district is 45,000)
Opotiki 5,000
Wairoa 5,500
Tologa Bay 1,000

Summer 31.4
Winter 18.5

Driving Distances
Gisbourne to Opotiki via East Cape coastal road
Gisbourne to Opotiki via the inland Waioeka Gorge ? 147kms


  • Hukutaia Domain, a 5 hectare widespread collection of NZ native plants including the 2,000 year old puriri tree
  • River Motu – New Zealand?s most remote wilderness river
  • Te kaha beach and the stunningly carved Maori meeting house
  • Whanarua Bay ? one of the regions most beautiful bays
  • Anglican Church ? most photographed church in New Zealand, built in 1894
  • Te Araroa where you can witness the massive 600 year old pohutukawa tree
  • Te Araroa lighthouse ? take the 700 steps to the top where you can view fantastic coastal views
  • Rere Falls and natural rock slide
  • Stunning beaches around Gisborne
  • Morere Hot Springs
  • Te Urewera National Park You can do the 3 days walk around the lake
  • The park is New Zealand?s 3rd largest park


  • Plenty of Museums and art galleries
  • Helicopter Tours including 10 minute scenic flights over Gisborne, Cultural Tours and much more
  • Excellent fishing spots on the East-Coast
  • Lots of Family Activities to enjoy including a fantastic Pet Park. See ET & E2 the Emus, the Miniature Horse and the rest of the animals that live at Animal Krackers
  • The rockforte finance Olympic pool complex where you can enjoy an early morning swim and choose from a variety of water based activities for all the family
  • Recreational Activities including surfing, diving,, kayaking, rafting and lots more

18 October to 20 October 2006 – International Chardonnay Challenge
21 October to 22 October 2006 – Gisborne City Vintage Rail WA165 Excursion to Muriwai
22 October 2006 – Gisborne Wine & Food Festival

Did you know?

  • Gisborne is the first city in the World to see the new sunrise each day
  • The lighthouse of East Cape marks the most eastern point of mainland New Zealand
  • The shortest river in New Zealand is Turanganui River

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