The East Coast
The East coast of the North Island is commonly called 'the east coast' or 'Eastland' The East coast is a hilly region or the top right hand corner of the North Island that sticks out to the Pacific Ocean and is the most easterly part of New Zealand.
The east coast is known for its high annual sunshine hours, great coastal scenery with some beautiful country gardens. The East coast has a high Maori population, Along with Northland it is one of the best places in the country to discover Maori heritage. The East coast also has one of New Zealand's best grape-growing regions, renowned for its Chardonnay wine.
Gisborne is the first city in the world to welcome the new day. Its surf beaches and long, hot summers have always attracted New Zealanders on holiday. The Gisborne area also has some of New Zealand's best surviving carved Maori meeting houses (Marae) and churches.
The Worlds First Sun
Northwest of Gisborne is Te Urewera National Park, the largest wilderness area in the North Island. Take a trail to the beautiful Lake Waikaremoana.
Gisborne and East Coast Map
Average Summer temperature; 24c
Warmest months; December to March
Average Winter temperature; 14.6c
Average Hours of sunshine per year; 2180hrs
Average annual rainfall; 1050mm
Popular Eastland activities
Visit White Island an active volcano
Fish at Torere
Rafting or Jetboating on the Motu River
Visit Whanarua bay
Take in some big game fishing at Waihau bay
Dive, fish or surf at Lottin Point
Visit Hicks Bay to see the glow-worm grotto, giant puriri trees or enjoy the great surf on a long curving bay
Visit St Marys church at Tikitiki
Try out the natural springs at Te Puia Springs
With Permission enjoy a two-hour walk on golden sand from Anaura Bay
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