Things to do and places to visit in the Tairawhiti Gisborne region
Gisborne If you have a strong interest in Maori culture - and you love food, wine and surf beaches - Gisborne is a city you won't want to miss. See things to do near me Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning, and it has a reputation for great food and surf beaches. Kaiti Beach is the site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand (9 October 1769); nearby is picturesque Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call on your itinerary – old traditions are still evident in many parts of the city. Oral history records Titirangi (Kaiti) Hill as the point of arrival for the migratory waka (canoe), Horouta, which brought the first Maori to the area.