Our district is located in the northeastern corner of the central North Island. We are also referred to as the East Cape, East Coast, Eastland region and Tairāwhiti. Gisborne is the easternmost city in New Zealand.
We are the largest district council in the North Island, our district covers 8386 square kilometres of land with 1855 kilometres of local roads. The population of the Gisborne region is about 43,653.
Link to the 2013 census QuickStats for Gisborne district (external link)
Iwi in our region
The main iwi of the region Te Tairāwhiti are:
- Ngati Porou - 2013 census (1mb)
- Rongowhakaata - 2013 census (1mb)
- Ngai Tamanuhiri - 2013 census (1mb)
- Te Aitanga a Mahaki - 2013 census (1mb)
Landscape and features
Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) overlooks the city and you can view Poverty Bay and the surrounding rural areas.
The white cliff headland of Young Nick's Head is visible from the city. The Māori name for the cliffs is Te Kurī-ā-Paoa, meaning The Dog of Paoa.
Gisborne is also known as the city of rivers. The Taruheru and Waimata Rivers join to form the 1200 metre Turanganui River - the shortest river in the country.
Mount Hikurangi is the fifth highest mountain in the North Island, but the highest non-volcanic peak. Hikurangi is the first mountain in the world to see the sun.
Tourism and industry
Our district is a popular holiday location. Summer camping and freedom camping is available around our district.
We have safe beaches and a warm sunny climate.
Local industry includes agriculture, horticulture, fishing, farming and forestry. Wine production is also valuable to the local economy.