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Gisborne is a region located in the North Eastern part of New Zeeland. This district is a large settlement whose most prominent city is also called Gisborne. The area is also referred to as the East Coast or Eastland. Gisborne is bordered by the Lottin Point to the North, the Raukumara Range to the West and the Wharerata Hills to the South. Because it is a coastal location this region has flourished throughout the centuries due to trade and now it is also a major touristic destination visited by thousands of travelers worldwide who are drawn by the splendid beaches, mild weather and nightlife.
The first inhabitants of this region were several tribes called Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti. These people came here to inhabit a rich land that offered safe shelter. Later, in the 18th century, with the Europeans colonial expansion, this area became the primary objective of several expeditions; Captain James Cook’s first arrival in New Zeeland was registered in Gisborne. Throughout the 19th century, the area developed rapidly due to commerce activities.
Nowadays tourism is one of the main sources that leverages the region’s economy; there are plenty touristic attractions ranging from hiking to cultural immersion and water activities like surfing, diving, or snorkeling. Booking a berth enables tourist with fast transportation to the main interest points of the region.
Some of the most popular beaches people usually choose are the Wainui Beach, a surfer’s paradise, and the Whanarua Bay, a quiet and isolated beach. The Oruaiti Beach, Onepoto Bay, and The Kaha are predilected destinations for diving and boating. If you want to get a real taste of these places, MarinaReservation.com offers fast and easy berth booking.
The city of Gisborne is also full of fascinating attractions; the Tairawhiti Museum exhibits indigene and colonial artifacts, the Clock Tower is one of the best-known city landmarks, the Farmer’s Market offers tasty traditional foods, the Matawhero Presbyterian Church is and impressive and intact building from the 19th century.
Gisborne’s rich culture comprises a complex blend of Māori and Western influences which can be seen in people’s clothing, cuisine and traditions. The indigene culture is well preserved due to the large Māori population which still inhabits the area. There are many local events and festivals travelers can attend: the Gisborne Wine and Food Festival, the Rhythm and Vine festival, haka competitions and fishing events.
The numerous accommodation and dining facilities in Gisborne ensure a relaxing and comfortable stay. The splendid sea sight and the city attractions are sufficient reasons to lure groups of tourists in this area every year.
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