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Our District

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 8355 square kilometres of land with 1855 kilometres of local roads.  The population of the Gisborne region is about 44,496 (2006 census) 31,686 live in Gisborne city.    The district includes the smaller rural communities of Tolaga Bay: 831; Tokomaru Bay: 447; Ruatoria: 753; Te Karaka: 546.

Iwi in our region

The main iwi of the region are Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Te Aitanga a Mahaki.

Landscape and features

Titirangi (Kaiti Hill) overlooks the city and offers views of 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.  Freedom camping is available through summer.  It starts and finishes on the same dates as Daylight Saving.  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.

Last updated: 12/12/2013 2:05pm Copyright © 2007-2014 Gisborne District Council

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