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.

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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!

TAIRĀWHITI GIS­BORNE

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