East Cape Road

Eastland reaches out to the Pacific Ocean, and is the first mainland place in the world to see the sun each day.

There's a wonderfully fresh quality to the scenery of Eastland. Bush fringed misty mountain lakes, beaches that have hardly changed for hundreds of years, farmland and vineyards that breathe the spirit of nature.

The further you go, the more nature's bounty tempts—camping, diving, 

fishing, hunting, swimming and surfing opportunities abound.

Gisborne is the most eastern city, it isn’t much visited but it’s supposed to be sunny with good nearby beaches and vineyards (Chardonnay.). Up here the Maori culture has retained a tighter hold over daily life. Around half of the rural population are Maori, compared to around 15% in new Zealand as a whole. If you’re a film fan you may recognise this country from “Whale Rider”.

Gisborne's white sand surf beaches attract surfers from all over the world—Captain Cook was the first, his ship Endeavour surfed into Kaiti Beach in 1769.