About Tairawhiti

MAIN CITY: Gisborne
REGIONAL AIRPORT: Gisborne Airport
PROXIMITY TO THE SEA: Coastal in parts
CLOSEST COMMERCIAL SKI FIELDS: Mount Ruhepehu's ski fields: Whakapapa and Turoa
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE JUNE: 10℃ (Range: 5℃ - 15℃)

About Tairawhiti

Gisborne is where the Maori migratory waka Horouta first landed, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769. The region is also known as Tairawhiti, which means "the coast upon which the sun shines across the water".

Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning. For a life free from traffic, chaos and the stress of the big smoke, more and more people are opting for the freedom and lifestyle offered by Tairawhiti Gisborne. There are many good reasons to consider a move here: the beaches, the sunny climate, the open skies and warm, friendly community, easy access to the outdoors, sports facilities, cafés, wineries, great schools, fast internet and a growing job base. If you’re interested in Maori culture, Gisborne is perfect – old traditions are still evident in many parts of the city.


Within the Region:

  • Kaiti Beach. The site of Captain Cook’s first landing in New Zealand (9 October 1769).
  • Te Poho-O-Rawiri Marae.
  • Rere Rockslide. A 200-foot natural slide made slick by its moss covered rocks. Water from the Wharekopae River is constantly flowing over these rocks making a natural slide.
  • Rere Falls. The waterfall is accompanied by a perfect picnic area and has a swimming pool near the falls.
  • Tairawhiti Museum. Has a reputation as one of the very best, most innovative regional museums in New Zealand.
  • Kaiti Hill. Various walks lead up from the base of Kaiti Hill to four lookout points. They make for fantastic viewing over Poverty Bay and beyond.
  • Surf beaches. Gisborne and the East Coast area is one of the most consistent surf rich areas in New Zealand. There is a big swell (from SW through to NE) and wind window available and many different types of breaks on offer for beginner, intermediate and expert surfers.
  • Wineries. The fertile plains and sunny climate create the ideal environment for growing and making world-class wine.