Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning, this easternmost tip of New Zealand is famous for its stunning scenic coastline, densely forested mountain parks, surfing and fishing.
Gisborne has a reputation for great food and wine being the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’, with a comprehensive wine trail leading to boutique wineries. with several wine tour companies offering customised tours tailored for individuals or groups, eliminating the problem of driving.
Kaiti Beach is the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand (9 October 1769); district wasn’t settled by Europeans until relatively late. Settlement began in the mid 1850s with the arrival of whalers and missionaries. nearby is picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call on your itinerary – Maori culture is strong here – in fact, around 45% of the population identify themselves as Maori.