East Coast

About The Region
Attractions + Events
Drive Times

About The Region

Journey to see the first sunrise each day in the most easterly city in the world – Gisborne. One of the few places in New Zealand where it is still evidence of a strong cultural affiliation with the Maori language still a part of everyday life. The locals are warm and invite you to come and enjoy their unique and contrasting part of New Zealand. Enjoy everything from surfing, long walks on the beach, horse trekking, bush walks, deep sea fishing, diving, golf, wine tasting and much more.

Gisborne is also the third largest producer of wine grapes in New Zealand, behind Marlborough and Hawkes Bay. If you haven’t planned out every step of your wine-tasting itinerary before arriving in Gisborne, don’t stress. Just head for the Gisborne Wine Centre where you can taste and experience all that the Gisborne wine region has to offer.

Attractions + Events

Top Natural Attractions

  • Te Kaha Beach and its beautifully carved Maori meeting house
  • Whanarua Bay is one of Eastland’s prettiest bays
  • 600 year old Pohutukawa tree at Te Araroa
  • Te Araroa lighthouse
  • Tolaga Bay wharf at 660 metres is the longest pier in NZ
  • Morere Hot Springs, 60 kms south of Gisborne
  • Te Urewera National Park (NZ’s 3rd largest park)


Visit East Coast and Gisborne attend one of the many local events in this region.

  • 29th December 2015 – 1st January 2016
    Rhythm and Vines


NZ Eastland Map

Drive Times

From To Kms Hrs
Gisborne Opotiki (via East Cape Coastal road SH35) 334 kms 6 hrs
Gisborne Opotiki (direct via SH2) 145 kms 1 hr 41 mins
Auckland Gisborne 482 kms 5 hrs 52 mins
Gisborne Wellington 526 kms 6 hrs 24 mins