Eastland is the place where the first Polynesian canoes landed, Captain Cook made his first landfall and Maori and European first encountered each other.
Gisborne, the largest settlement in Eastland, is the first city in the world to see the sun each day.
In this relaxed and tucked-away part of the country, the world moves slowly; horses and bare feet are common forms of transport. You might wish to take a car but you’ll also want to take your time.
Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway and Maori culture is evident in every settlement you see. There are carved meeting houses, beautifully painted Maori churches, and conversations in Te Reo. Venture up Mount Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of the Ngati Porou people, and you'll see giant carvings of figures from Maori folklore.
- There are daily flights to Gisborne airport from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua.
- Intercity bus services operate in the Eastland Region, and local courier companies are available for travel within the region.