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The City of Gisborne is located on the East Coast and is the first of the World's Cities to see the new days sunrise as well as the seeing in of the New Year. Many people gather together near Mt Hikurangi to watch the very first Sunrise of the New Year.
There are endless beaches offering a place to relax and enjoy swimming and water activities. This area is a region that have many Kiwi Lifestyle Communities and a place you will see how New Zealanders have made a life for themselves. They enjoy a relaxed lifestyle, where fresh fish and local produce are plentiful and of course is the New Zealand Wine of this and the Hawkes Bay Region.
Gisborne offers great surfing and is a passion of the young in Gisborne and here you will find a variety of waves at the following beaches of: Makorori, Sponge Bay and Wainui Beach, all being local to Gisborne
There is the Te Urewera National Park to enjoy, this being our third largest National Park in New Zealand and has Wetlands, Native Bush Forests all in a beautiful and remote beauty. The ancestral place and home to the Ngai Tuhoe Maori tribe, which can be found at Lake Waikaremoana

Sub Regions


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The area of Opotiki is of significant importance to our Maori, with the main street having been decorated with Maori art of the Master Carvers. Why not take a guided tour to learn more about the Local History as this area was one of the first Maori settlements.There is also a Puriri Tree that is 2500 Years only and located in the Domain Area.

Te Kaha


The small Community of Te Kaha located close to Opotiki. With pristine natural beaches and bays where Pohutakawa Trees grow, it is the perfect place for a day at the beach.

Waihau Bay

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Whaihau Bay is a small community well known for it fishing, there is an the Local General Store, for its famous Post Office opened in 1870 in this remote region. The area is once of the most scenic drives.

Hicks Bay

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Hicks Bay is a small community on the diverse coastline of Eastland with beached and small bays there to enjoy in a part of New Zealand that is as it has always been remote and unspoilt, The area has a rich Maori History and culture.

Te Araroa

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Te Araroa on the East Coast is the most far Eastern Settlement in New Zealand, a small and friendly Community on the Ocean


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The small settlement of Tikitiki has a lovely heritage church called St Mary's thats serves as a memorial for the Maori


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The town of Ruatoria ub the East Cape is North of Gisborne. With its rich Maori Heritage of the Ngati Porou Tribe and makes for a good place to stop on your scenic drive through this region to learn of this region.

Mt Hikurangi rises 1752 Meters above sea level as is the very point where you can see the first sunrise in New Zealand of a new day. There has been given public access to this mountain by the local Maori.

Te Puia Springs

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The small town of Te Puia Sping is located north of Gisborne and has a Thermal Spring which runs through the area and are said to have healing qualities that come from the Hills of Ngati Porou.