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Gisborne (The wild east)

Gisborne is really worth a visit and we could live there, although its a long way to anywhere else

The city of Gisborne (borrowed from Wikipedia) is located at the north end of Poverty Bay. The white cliff headland of Young Nick's Head at the other end of the bay is visible from the city. The cliffs can be seen in the left hand side of the sat photo. The Māori name for the cliffs is Te Kurī-a-Pāoa, meaning The Dog of Pāoa, as this was what it was originally said to look like.

This prominence was the first part of New Zealand sighted by the crew of Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour, and was named for the crew member who first saw it. A memorial to Cook stands on the foreshore, marking the point where he first stepped ashore in New Zealand on October 8, 1769.

On the right hand side of the sat photo at the other end of the bay, known as Poverty Bay, is Kaiti Hill. This hill overlooks the city and magnificent views can be obtained by driving or walking to the summit.

The city maintains a rural charm and is a popular holiday spot. Local industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming and forestry. Wine production is also valuable to the local economy. It is sometimes known as the City of Rivers as the centre of the city is the convergence of three different rivers.

Gisborne City has four main high (secondary) schools: Gisborne Boys' High, Gisborne Girls' High, Lytton High and Campion College. Campion College is a Catholic co-educational school.

The harbour was host to many ships in the past. A meat works was sited beside the harbour and meat and wool was shipped from here. Now the harbour is the home of many smaller fishing boats as well as ships loading logs for export.

Gisborne boasts being the first city in the world to greet the sun each day. Technically, however, this is only true for part of the year. Both Suva, Fiji, and Nukuʻalofa, Tonga, are closer to the International Date Line and therefore would seem more likely candidates for this title. Due to the earth's tilt on its axis, however, Gisborne does overtake their claim as New Zealand summer days grow longer. In the longest days of summer, though, it again loses the title to the hillier suburbs of Dunedin in the South Island.

The city has the benefit of being very close to the white sand beaches of Waikanae and Midway. A short distance from the city is the surf beach of Wainui.

Two major annual events are the Dawn Raid Beach Day Out, which is an outdoor concert featuring many of the Dawn Raid Hip-hop stars held in January, and the Rhythm & Vines concert held every New Years' Eve which features a huge concert featuring well-known New Zealand bands performing in a vineyard.

Gisborne Weather

Gisborne, located in the sunny east of the North Island, is New Zealand's most eastern region, making it the first in the world to see the sun each day. When the sun arrives it tends to stay! The Gisborne region enjoys a Mediterranean.climate and is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand.

The Māori name for the region is Tairawhiti, which means 'the coast upon which the sun shines across the water'.

Sheltered by high country to the west, Gisborne enjoys a dry, sunny climate. Warm dry settled weather predominates in summer. Typical summer daytime maximum air temperatures range from 20°C to 28°C, occasionally rising above 30°C.

High temperatures are frequent in summer, which may be accompanied by strong dry foehn winds from the northwest. Extreme temperatures as high as as 38°C have been recorded and an average 65 days a year have a maximum of over 24°C. Temperatures over summer average: 23°C and over winter average: 12°C.

Overall Gisborne generally has warm summers and mild winters with a yearly average of 2,200 sunshine hours.

The region's annual rainfall varies from about 1000mm near the coast to over 2500mm in the higher inland country.

SEE: Christmas 2009 Travels to Gisborne and Hawkes Bay

Gisborne website

Gisborne House sales

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