Eastland – the true spirit of a New Zealand holiday

gisbornenight Located on the sunny East Coast of the North Island, Gisborne city is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.  Known by the Maori as Tairawhiti, which means "The coast upon which the sun shines across the water", it was the first European landing place in New Zealand.  Captain Cook set foot here in 1769.

Historically important as the first meeting place between Maori and European, the region could be viewed as the main cultural centre of New Zealand, having a population ratio that is almost equally Maori and European.  It is one of the few places in New Zealand where strong cultural affiliations are still evident in day-to-day activities of the people, and where the Maori language is a part of everyday life - alive, strong and growing. 

The Gisborne region is a magical place where you will discover New Zealand as it used to be.  Overlooked by commercial tourism, the Gisborne region is the place to go if you are looking for a unique adventure or wilderness experience. 

murphys lodge trout Activities to be enjoyed include lake kayaking, trout fishing, boating, day walks and a multi-day walking trip around magnificent Lake Waikaremoana, one of New Zealand's 10 Great Walks and home to the Tuhoe, known as 'the children of the mist.'  Tramping through Te Urewera National Park and trekking around Lake Waikaremoana are ‘must do’s’ that will amply reward those who make the effort. 

Mahia Peninsula, a beach-fringed promontory jutting into the Pacific is a Mecca for fishermen, surfers, divers and those looking for the quintessential beach holiday.  Or you can visit Morere Hot Springs set in a nikau-predominant native bush reserve with superb walking tracks.

While in Gisborne you will be spoilt for choice, whether you are wanting to relax on the waterfront, in the inner harbour, with a glass of Gisborne wine or enjoy a more active holiday with one of the many soft adventure activities that beckon.  A twilight horse trek is always poplar for it's spectacular coastal views and the feeling of freedom when you gallop along the beach.  

seakayakersFor further information on the Gisborne region please visit www.gisbornenz.com

Images provided by Tourism Eastland