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Gisborne38°40'27" S 178°1'30" N
In the heart of Eastland lies Gisborne city, home to the historical moment of when Maori and European first met. It was here that Captain James Cook first came ashore from the Endeavour in October 1769. Today, the region remains a culturally important centre of New Zealand, with a population ratio that is almost equally Maori and European, as well as being one of few places where strong cultural affiliations are still evident in everyday activities including the Maori language.
As the first to welcome the sunrise each and every day, Eastland is blessed with a sub-tropical climate, enjoying clear blue skies and warm, lazy sunshine – the perfect base for exploring all that Eastland has to offer.
Travel the southern reaches of Eastland to explore “New Zealand as it used to be”. Forest-fringed Lake Waikaremoana is the centrepiece of New Zealand’s third largest national park, Te Urewera. This hauntingly beautiful extract of forest is the largest remaining in the North Island and offers excellent outdoor pursuits opportunities. It is also one of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks. Take time to stop at Morere Hot Springs, situated amongst native bush for its hot thermal pools and short walks under the Nikau Palms.
Eastland also boosts a wide range of soft adventure activities such as surfing, white water rafting, horse trekking, bush walks, kayaking and snorkeling with sharks (in a cage of course). Add to that Chardonnay and crayfish, as well as beautiful white sand beaches that stretch on for as far as the eye can see, for the perfect summer recipe.
Tender port for larger vessels.
Smaller vessels under 180 metres in length may berth at Wharves 7 or 8.
Channel Depth: 34.4 feet (10.5 metres)
Max LOA: 590.6 feet (180 metres)
Shore Gangways: Nil
Tidal Range: 4.5 feet (1.36 metres)
Distance to the city
0.3 miles (0.5km)
The tender wharf is close to town. You can walk around town or take a public bus or rent a vehicle to look around Gisborne’s surrounding regions.
Eastland Taxis Ltd, Freephone 0800 868 294 or +64 6 867 6767
Gisborne Taxi Society: Freephone 0800 50 5555 or +64 6 867 2222
Public Bus Service
Red Bus Service, +64 6 867 7423.
Adult fares cost NZD$2 each way. www.gdc.govt.nz
ATM machines/ Banks
All around city centre, especially along Gladstone Road.
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 3pm
Sunday: 10am to 3pm
Nearest Internet Café
- Gisborne i-SITE Visitor Centre, 209 Grey Street, +64 6 868 6139
- H.B. Williams Memorial Library, Peel Street, +64 6 867 6709
- Verve Café & Bar, 121 Gladstone Road, +64 6 868 9095
- Gisborne Post Shop, 127 Gladstone Road, +64 6 863 0348
- Kaiti Mall Post Shop, 498 Wainui Road, +64 6 867 7100
Summer: high of 82F (28°C) low of 55F (13°C)
Winter: high of 59F (15°C) low of 39F (4°C)
Average rainfall of 1000mm and average sunshine of 2200 hours.
Gisborne i-SITE: 209 Grey Street, Gisborne, +64 6 868 6139, www.gisbornenz.com
What is Gisborne known for?
- Historically significant, Gisborne is the place where the first Polynesian migration canoes landed, where Captain Cook made his first landfall and where Maori and European first encountered each other.
- The first mainland place in the world to see the sun.
- Te Urewera National Park – encloses Lake Waikaremoana and the largest untouched native forest in the North Island.
- Premium white wines – Gisborne is the “Chardonnay capital” of NZ.
Attractions & Activities
- Sunrise at Wainui Beach
- Steam train
- Historical tours of Gisborne city
- Gisborne vineyards, gardens, nature reserves and walks
- Stingray feeding at Tatapouri
- Kaiti Hill (Titirangi Reserve) lookout which offers views of Gisborne city and Poverty Bay.
For more information on visitor attractions, visit www.gisbornenz.com
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