“White Island” is 49km off the coast of Whakatane. This is a once in a lifetime chance to set foot on an active marine volcano. Explore the inner-crater lake and be amazed at the sights you will see. Organised boat tours to White Island departs from the Whakatane Wharf. However, boat tours to White Island are subject to Met-Service (weather) and Volcanic Activity on the Island and may not be cancelled depending on safety conditions. Definitely a must do experience.
Gisborne is renowned for its long empty white sand beaches, award-winning Chardonnays and golden sunrises – the perfect setting for a limo hire. Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun rise each day, and popular Wainui Beach provides a perfect spot from which to watch the sky slowly change as the sun bursts from the sea.
Gisborne is known as the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand. It boasts the largest area of Chardonnay vineyards and is the third largest grape-growing region in the country. Although better known for its Chardonnay, the city is also earning recognition for its other varieties including Gewürztraminer, Viognier and Chenin Blanc – to name a few.
While in Gisborne visit some of Gisborne’s popular vineyards like Montana Wines, Bushmere Estate, Wrights Vineyard & Winery and The Milton Vineyard to sample some of the spectacular wines on offer.
Gisborne was the first landing place of James Cook in New Zealand in 1769. Visit the Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve a commemoration to this. The site is believed to be within a short distance of the actual landing site, and not far from Te Toka a Taiau, where the first significant meeting between Maori and Europeans took place. The Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve is located on Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne.
You can follow Cook’s journey around the East Cape by visiting:
Enjoy a trip to the East Cape Lighthouse from Te Araroa. The lighthouse is reached via some 700 steps and from the top a breathtaking panorama unfolds.
Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day. Located on the east coast of the Eastland region, Gisborne is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand. Gisborne also offers a top selection of private and public gardens showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna of New Zealand. Visit the formal gardens, botanical gardens, native gardens and a variety of other stunning gardens while in Gisborne.