Gisborne New Zealand

Gisborne is the easternmost city in New Zealand and it is the first city in NZ to see the sunrise daily. The city was named after William Gisborne.

Historically, it was here that James Cook first stood on this land in October 1769 and Gisborne has a statue of James Cook to commemorate that landing site.

It was actually a 12 yr old boy on Cooks crew that first saw the land and so James Cook named a promontory after him ‘Young Nick’s Head’. A statue has also been erected there for young Nick.

Cook didn’t stay long that time; he managed to get into conflict with the Maori and left fairly quickly, naming the bay Poverty Bay. Maori named the bay Turanganui a Kiwa in honour of a Polynesian navigator.

Gisborne Attractions

  • Gisborne Eastland Region / East Cape
  • Gisborne Airport
  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum
  • James Cook Landing Site
  • James Cook Observatory
  • Poverty Bay
  • Sunshine Brewery
  • Tairawhiti Museum
  • Toihoukura (A school of Maori arts and design)
  • Te Poho-o-Rawiri Meeting House
  • Te Tauihu Turanga Whakamana
  • Wharekopae River – Rere Falls and Rere Rockslide

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