Gisborne lies on the east coast and is famed for its Chardonnay-producing vineyards
Imagine being the first person in the world to see the sun each day. If you're up early enough, and you live in Gisborne, you can be.
Located on the sunny east coast of the north island, Gisborne (population 45,000) is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with an average 2,200 hours of sunshine annually.
It also boasts a strong Maori culture, the largest native forest in the north island, some of the best surf waves in New Zealand and excellent trout fishing.
For a taste of the quiet life – and some very nice local wines – this part of Poverty Bay is definitely worth more than a second thought.
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The region's historical connections are unequalled. The first migration from the ancestral homeland of Hawaiiki resulted in the settlement and occupation of the Gisborne region 650 years ago. Captain James Cook's ship, Endeavour, first anchored in New Zealand in the waters of the wide bay encompassing Gisborne, and on October 9, 1769, the mouth of the Turanganui river became the site of the first European landfall. In addition to an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, Gisborne offers some of the country's best beef and sheep meat, wines, milk and cheese plus organic honey and a coastline of fresh seafood. This is reflected in the city's good range of restaurants, cafes and bars, some of them right on the water's edge.
Gisborne is one of New Zealand's largest grape-growing districts and, as its self-appointed title, Chardonnay capital of New Zealand suggests, made its mark with the Chardonnay variety. Gisborne's award-winning cider and beer enhance this thriving boutique winery scene.