Saturday, 1 September 2018

Regions of New Zealand – Gisborne

This month's region is Gisborne ( or Gizzy to the locals). 

Location – Gisborne is on the north eastern corner of the Central North Island – about a 7 hour drive from Auckland.  James Cook's first landfall was here in 1769.  Gisborne's Maori name is Turanga-nui-a-Kiwa (a mouthful)  Less than 50 thousand people live in the Region.

Origin of name – Gisborne was originally called Turanga but the name changed in 1870 in honour of William Gisborne, a Colonial Secretary.

Main Cities – Gisborne (the first city in the world to see the sun every day)

Places to visit – Lake Waikaremoana, Young Nick's Head, Mount Hikurangi (first mountain in the world to see the sun), Wineries producing Chardonnay, good surfing beaches.

Famous people from Gisborne – Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Clarke Gayford (partner of our PM Jacinda)


  1. I knew an lady in Leicester called Mrs Gisborne, very proud of her family connection to NZ although I don't think she ever visited (actually I do not believe she ever went on a plane in her life, although she lived into her 90s)


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