Tairāwhiti Gisborne

Discover Aotearoa-New Zealand’s greatest treasure. First to see the sun rise of each new day and the site of the first meetings between Maori and European, in Tairāwhiti Gisborne the, present and future meld into one.

Nau Mai Haere Mai

Sitting proudly on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Tairāwhiti is te reo Maori for “the coast upon which the sun shines across the water”.   Tairāwhiti Gisborne is the original New Zealand – full of adventure, stunning natural beauty and authentic hospitality. From historic sites to world-class wine, food and festivals, it’s a visitor’s paradise.


Gisborne New Zealand is a city of first’s –

The sun rising over the Moana (sea) daily and touching the highest point on the East Coast Mt Hikurangi where Maui’s legends are captured. Captain Cooks arrival to New Zealand on the European ship the Endeavor was in Gisborne on the 9th October 1769 after the sighting of the white cliffs now called Young Nicks Head, and don’t forget Gisborne was one of the first wine regions winning Gisborne “the chardonnay capital of the New Zealand” title.

Aside from also being a food basket with many of New Zealand’s produce been produced in the Gisborne region (which can be sampled at the Gisborne Farmers Market every Saturday morning or at any of the local eateries or cafes), 


Gisborne also offers lots of sunshine, golden sandy beaches and 7 recognised surf breaks spreading from the city beaches to the length of the East Coast.  Many a top New Zealand surfer has come from Gisborne.  If surfing is not your thing the region offers great cycling, walking, tramping, hunting and fishing options that take you from the Moana (sea) to the Maunga (mountain) and in between.

Check out the list of the top things to do whilst you are in Gisborne or go to www.tairawhitigisborne.co.nz for a comprehensive list.

There is so much to discover here.  Tairāwhiti is more than a name, it’s a feeling of manaaki (generosity) and aroha (love) you won’t find anywhere else, come as a tourist to Tairawhiti Gisborne and leave as whanau (family) with memories made for a life time.
So haere mai (welcome), this is Tairāwhiti Gisborne, where our taonga (treasure), is your taonga too.


Getting to Gisborne

Flights run regularly from Auckland and Wellington flight time is around an hour, then pick up your rental and with no traffic jams in sight you will be at one of the beaches within 5 mins.  Intercity also provides bus transport into Gisborne from either the North or the South.

Take the long way around State Highway 35 to Gisborne, a picturesque drive that takes in stunning beaches, bush and lush green farmland.  Make sure to stop off along the way for the photo opportunities at East Cape, climb the 700 odd steps to the light house to see the first sunrise touching our shores, TikiTiki for the beautiful historical carved church, Ruatoria for a classic meat pie, Tokomaru Bay, and Tologa Bay to visit the historical wharf’s.  Make sure to chat to the locals as they also know the secret spots.  Camping is available but to be sure check out approved area’s or camp grounds before you stop for the night.