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 first major centre on the planet to see the sunrise. An event that was marketed strongly and effectively at the change of the century. Gisborne was a millennium city.

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 serviced by two Museums. The Technical Museum is still in the development stage.

The Anglican Church is a large and classic church design.

The War Memorial is a grand monument located on the banks of the Gisborne River.

The Hotels are old, but do not carry heritage status.

Gisborne is a very proud city, and is beginning to experience a growth period.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course