The first Maori, great pacific seafarers, in their ocean going waka landed and colonised here. Then, hundreds of years later, Captain Cook first set foot on NZ soil in Gisborne in October 1769.
A journey Out East requires a similar commitment. It’s not the easiest route and that’s what makes it a great journey. Rewards of unique people, space, freedom and some interesting ‘Coastal oddities’ await those who are keen enough to look around the next corner.
State Highway 35 is one of the great coastal road journeys. Sometimes you will feel out of your comfort zone, other times right at home. Be sure to give yourself enough time and never by shy to say “kia ora!” to the locals, the magic of discovery will reward.
The coastal city of Gisborne is like a beacon, sitting proudly on the edge of the Poverty Bay flats and the Pacific Ocean, often glistening in the morning sun. Gisborne’s history, location and people make for a great destination to discover.
You’ve probably know us as the sunshine symbol on the weather map, the quality wine and fresh produce in your supermarket, the Endeavour and Captain Cook, first to see the light, the big party at new years.
Gisborne is quality vineyards, fresh produce, groves of citrus and fields of dancing people, grassroots rugby, coastal communities, smiley faces and quirky boutiques, a slower pace, rural farms and rural folk, magnificent trees, wilderness streams, rivers that turn and meander towards empty waves crashing on isolated beaches.
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