Gisborne and Poverty Bay is that location where in 1769 Captain James Cook made his first landing into New Zealand and Australasia. There are monuments in the Gisborne area that bear testimony to this historic event. Captain Cook made landfall at various other locations in NZ, but Gisborne is where that first landing was made. There were local and hostile Maori at the seaside urging Cook to leave. A Maori warrior was shot during this first encounter.
Gisborne is also a port destination and a very good wine growing centre.
Gisborne is named after an early Colonial Secretary William Gisborne.
Gisborne is an isolated city, but is serviced effectively by air with Air New Zealand and with regular bus services to the major centres.
Gisborne has a warmer climate than the rest of the country and this is a point locals boast about and the city maintains a rural charm and is a popular holiday spot. Local industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming and forestry.
Wine production is also valuable to the local economy.
Gisborne is sometimes known as the City of Rivers as the centre of the city is the convergence of three different rivers.
Gisborne is a very proud city, and is beginning to experience a growth period.