From the land of the first light, kia ora, welcome. We invite you to discover our unique corner of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Tairāwhiti means “the coast upon which the sun shines across the water”. Which is apt since, in summer months, we are the first in the world to see the sun.



Jolly Lifestyle Arts & Crafts

1st Sunday of every month


Gisborne Farmers Market

Every Saturday 


Tairāwhiti Gisborne is a region of firsts. In summer we are the first in the world to see the sun. In winter we're the first to see the stars. Some of the first Māori landed here after their epic Pacific navigations in the fourteenth century. In 1769, Captain James Cook came ashore for the first meeting on land between Māori and Pākehā. Our bicultural nation started here.

The construction of Rocket Lab's facility on Mahia Peninsula means we'll be the first in the world to commercially launch satellites.

We were the first in New Zealand to grow Chardonnay grapes at scale and established the first organic, biodynamic winery. We are the country's biggest citrus grower and are one of the largest horticultural suppliers in New Zealand.

Rhythm & Vines is one of the country's most popular music festivals, our Wine & Food Weekend celebrates 20 years and, as every beach-lover knows, we're the surfing capital of New Zealand. Most importantly, we're the first to welcome you to this beautiful corner of Aotearoa. Kia ora.

Come on over.

Air New Zealand flies daily to Gisborne from Auckland and Wellington


Photo credits: Cory Scott, Brennan Thomas, Kerry Fox, Dive Tatapouri, The Gisborne Herald, Gisborne Wine and Food Weekend, Motu Trails Charitable Trust, Rhythm and Vines, Smash Palace and East Cape Manuka Oil