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About Gisborne New Zealand

Gisborne is a city and a region in the northeastern corner of the North Island of New Zealand. Gisborne City is nestled on the north end of Poverty Bay and is the first part of New Zealand to be sighted by the crew of Captain James Cook's ship the Endeavour.

Gisborne is popular for surfing, camping, diving, fishing, hunting, swimming and beautiful white sand beaches.

Drive or walk to the summit of Kaiti Hill for stunning views of the city and surrounding area.


The Gisborne district enjoys warm summers and mild winters. One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Gisborne has an average yearly sunshine of around 2,200 hours.

Annual rainfall varies from about 1,000mm near the coast to over 2,500mm in the higher inland country.

Temperatures in the region have reached 38°C and an average 65 days a year are warmer than 24°C.


There are many parks, gardens, historic houses, museums and other places of interest in and around Gisborne, New Zealand.

Popular attractions in Gisborne include Kaiti Hill, Young Nick's Head, Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Titirangi Domain, Gisborne Botanical Gardens and Urewera National Park.

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