THE FIRST LIGHT beckons
From the land of the first light, kia ora, welcome. We invite you to discover our unique corner of Aotearoa – New Zealand.
Tairāwhiti Gisborne is rich in history, culture, cuisine and adventure. Tairāwhiti means “the coast upon which the sun shines across the water”. Which is apt since we are the first in the world to see the sun. Also commonly called East Coast, Eastland, the Tairāwhiti region extends from east of Ōpōtiki in the north to the Mohaka River in the south. What lies between is an
almost untouched paradise of spectacular surf beaches, inland wilderness, fertile vineyards and farms, marae and settlements, gorgeous lakes and rivers.
Tairāwhiti is a region of many firsts. In addition to welcoming the sun, Gisborne saw some of the first Māori to land after their epic
Pacific navigations in the fourteenth century. Their many descendants now make up almost half of the region – an authentic expression of what it means to be a bicultural nation.
It’s also where, in 1769, James Cook anchored his ship Endeavour and came ashore for the first meeting on land between Māori and Pākeha. The encounter will be commemorated
every October until 2019, when major events will mark the 250th year of this historic coming together of our peoples. The beginnings of our modern nation truly started here. And in keeping with those voyages, Tairāwhiti hosts the dawn of a new space age – with Rocket Lab basing its operations on the beautiful Mahia Peninsula.
Gisborne is a gateway to the Motu Trails, among the Great Rides of New Zealand. From dune and forest tracks, to vineyard tours and city trails, our region offers cycling suitable for every age and stage. Cyclists, trampers, hunters and fishers love exploring our hinterland all year round. Some lucky ones will enjoy pulling up a fresh cray for dinner, catching a trout in the Motu River or chartering a deep sea fishing boat. Our fishing is renowned around the globe.
With the pounding surf of the Pacific on one side, and a rich history of settlements, inns and marae on the other, the journey around Tairāwhiti’s East Cape is one of the world’s great drives. Highlights are the impossibly long wharf at Tolaga Bay, the magnificent Tikitiki church, the carvings at Mt Hikurangi, sunrise at the East Cape Lighthouse, and a must do is stingray feeding at Tatapouri.
Tairāwhiti Gisborne is one of the first wine regions in New Zealand and is recognised globally for its Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc. Many of our world-class vineyards offer cellar doors to indulge your passion for wine and food. Our food and hospitality come from the same source: from our land, to our people and then to you.
We’re the surf capital too. We’ve got, arguably, New Zealand’s best breaks and can guarantee a choice of surf for every age and level of expertise. Learn to surf with us. Our region boasts kilometres of world-class breaks, suitable for all ages. But adventure beckons from beyond the surf, making Tairāwhiti Gisborne an outdoor nirvana.
Visit www.tairawhitigisborne.co.nz where you can find a plethora of reasons to visit us – for business and for pleasure. So, come on over, we’d love to see you!