Tairawhiti Gisborne


From the land of the first light, kia ora, welcome.

We invite you to discover our unique corner of Aotearoa-New Zealand. Tairāwhiti means "the coast upon which the sun shines across the water". Which is apt since, in summer months, we are the first in the world to see the sun.

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Gorgeous sunrise over Tairāwhiti Gisborne
Gorgeous sunrise over Tairāwhiti Gisborne

How to get here

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is located on the east coast of the North Island. Secluded and original, it’s also easy to get here! By plane, it’s an hour’s flight aboard Air New Zealand from either Wellington or Auckland (both offer up to five flights a day). Check out the deals using the booking form on this page.

By car, it’s a six-hour drive from either Wellington or Auckland (both taking State Highway 2). Or just 3.5 hours from Tauranga, 2.5 from Napier and four from Taupō.

From Ōpōtiki, Bay of Plenty you have two options: take the shorter drive through the magnificent Waioeka Gorge.

Or if you’re looking for an epic road-trip, you can take State Highway 35, which is also part of the Pacific Coast Highway.

You can do this in one day but with so much to linger over, you should take all the time you need.