Gisborne, New Zealand
For other uses of Gisborne see Gisborne (disambiguation)
Gisborne (disambiguation)
Gisborne or Gisbourne is a surname originating in the East Midlands/North of England, and may refer to:-People:*Frederick Newton Gisborne , Canadian inventor and electrician...



The harbour was host to many ships in the past and had developed as a river port to provide a more secure location for shipping compared with the open roadstead of Poverty Bay which can be exposed to southerly swells. A meat works was sited beside the harbour and meat and wool was shipped from here. Now the harbour is the home of many smaller fishing boats as well as ships loading logs for export.

The city maintains a rural charm and is a popular holiday spot. Local industries include agriculture
Agriculture is the cultivation of animals, plants, fungi and other life forms for food, fiber, and other products used to sustain life. Agriculture was the key implement in the rise of sedentary human civilization, whereby farming of domesticated species created food surpluses that nurtured the...

, horticulture
Horticulture is the industry and science of plant cultivation including the process of preparing soil for the planting of seeds, tubers, or cuttings. Horticulturists work and conduct research in the disciplines of plant propagation and cultivation, crop production, plant breeding and genetic...

, farming and forestry
Forestry is the interdisciplinary profession embracing the science, art, and craft of creating, managing, using, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals, needs, and values for human benefit. Forestry is practiced in plantations and natural stands...

. Wine
Wine is an alcoholic beverage, made of fermented fruit juice, usually from grapes. The natural chemical balance of grapes lets them ferment without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, or other nutrients. Grape wine is produced by fermenting crushed grapes using various types of yeast. Yeast...

 production is also valuable to the local economy.


Gisborne City has four main high (secondary) schools: Gisborne Boys' High
Gisborne Boys' High School
Gisborne Boys' High School is a boys' secondary school situated in Gisborne, New Zealand that was originally founded as a Co-Ed school in 1909 and was known as Gisborne High School. In 1956 the school became Gisborne Boys High School when the original school was split into two single-sex...

, Gisborne Girls' High
Gisborne Girls' High School
Gisborne Girls High School is a girls' secondary school situated in Gisborne, Tairāwhiti, New Zealand. It was founded in 1956 when Gisborne High School was split into two single-sex schools.-History:...

, Lytton High
Lytton High School
Lytton High School is the only co-educational state Secondary School in Gisborne, New Zealand. The school was opened in February 1961 with 159 students...

 and Campion College
Campion College, Gisborne
Campion College, Gisborne is an integrated, co-educational college located in Gisborne, New Zealand including students from Year 7 to Year 13 . The college received its name from its patron saint, St Edmund Campion whose feast day is 1 December. Students have the opportunity to study Religious...

. Campion College is a Catholic co-educational school.


Two major annual events are the Dawn Raid
Dawn Raid Entertainment
Dawn Raid Entertainment is a record label based in Papatoetoe, South Auckland, in New Zealand. It has signed many New Zealand Hip-hop and R&B artists such as Savage, Adeaze, Aaradhna, The Deceptikonz, Devolo and Ill Semantics....

 Beach Day Out, which is an outdoor concert featuring many of the Dawn Raid hip-hop stars held in January, and Rhythm & Vines
Rhythm & Vines
Rhythm and Vines is an annual music festival held at Waiohika Estate vineyard, several kilometres from the city of Gisborne, New Zealand...

, a 3-day New Year's music festival, featuring well-known New Zealand and international bands performing in the vineyard
A vineyard is a plantation of grape-bearing vines, grown mainly for winemaking, but also raisins, table grapes and non-alcoholic grape juice...

 setting of Waiohika Estate.


  • Gisborne's soccer
    Football (soccer)
    Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball...

     team Gisborne City
    Gisborne City
    Gisborne City FC is a soccer club in Gisborne, New Zealand who play in the eastern league 1st division. Their home ground is Childers Road. They have won the National League, Air New Zealand cup, and the Chatham Cup....

     won the Chatham Cup
    Chatham Cup
    The Chatham Cup, currently known as the ASB Chatham Cup for sponsorship purposes, is New Zealand's premier knockout tournament in men's football...

     in 1987 and has twice been runner-up. Its home ground is the Childers Road Reserve.
  • In rugby union
    Rugby union
    Rugby union, often simply referred to as rugby, is a full contact team sport which originated in England in the early 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand...

     Gisborne is home to the Poverty Bay
    Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union
    The Poverty Bay Rugby Football Union, which governs rugby union within the Gisborne region surrounding Poverty Bay in New Zealand, was formed in 1890....

     team, who play in the Heartland Championship
    Heartland Championship
    The Heartland Championship New Zealand Division One competition, known for sponsorship reasons as the AA Rewards Heartland Championship, is a domestic rugby union competition in New Zealand. It was founded in 2006 as one of two successor competitions to the country's former domestic competition,...

     rugby competition.
  • In cricket
    Cricket is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of 11 players on an oval-shaped field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard long pitch. One team bats, trying to score as many runs as possible while the other team bowls and fields, trying to dismiss the batsmen and thus limit the...

    , Gisborne is part of the Northern Districts Cricket Association, and first-class matches are occasionally held at the Harry Barker Reserve
    Harry Barker Reserve
    Harry Barker Reserve is a cricket ground in Te Hapara, Gisborne, New Zealand which is named after the former mayor of Gisborne. The first recorded match held on the ground came in 1948 when Poverty Bay played Hawkes Bay in the 1948/49 Hawke Cup. The local council purchased the ground in 1962,...



Gisborne is home to a botanical garden
Botanical garden
A botanical garden The terms botanic and botanical, and garden or gardens are used more-or-less interchangeably, although the word botanic is generally reserved for the earlier, more traditional gardens. is a well-tended area displaying a wide range of plants labelled with their botanical names...

, the Gisborne Botanical Gardens
Gisborne Botanical Gardens
Gisborne Botanical Gardens is a public garden in Gisborne, New Zealand, that dates back to 1874. The Gisborne Botanical Gardens nowadays occupy between Aberdeen Road and the Taruheru River...


In the surroundings are two arboreta
An arboretum in a narrow sense is a collection of trees only. Related collections include a fruticetum , and a viticetum, a collection of vines. More commonly, today, an arboretum is a botanical garden containing living collections of woody plants intended at least partly for scientific study...

  • Eastwoodhill Arboretum
    Eastwoodhill Arboretum
    Eastwoodhill is the national arboretum of New Zealand. It covers and is located 35 km northwest of Gisborne, in the hill country of Ngatapa. It was founded in 1910 by William Douglas Cook...

     at Ngatapa
  • Hackfalls Arboretum
    Hackfalls Arboretum
    Hackfalls Arboretum is an arboretum in New Zealand. It was founded in the 1950s by Bob Berry. Hackfalls Arboretum is part of “Hackfalls Station”, a sheep and cattle farm of about 10 square kilometres, owned by the Berry family. Hackfalls is situated in Tiniroto, a tiny village in the eastern part...

     at Tiniroto
    Tiniroto is a small farming and forestry community on the “inland” road from Gisborne to Wairoa in the eastern part of the North Island of New Zealand...


State Highway 35 (part of the Pacific Coast Highway network) passes through Gisborne city while State Highway 2 passes through Makaraka, a suburb on the outer fringes of Gisborne city. Gladstone Road is the city's main road, which becomes Wainui Road and State Highway 35 to the east and north, and becomes Main Road Makaraka, and State Highway 2 to the west and south.

Gisborne is the northern terminus of the Palmerston North - Gisborne Line
Palmerston North - Gisborne Line
The Palmerston North – Gisborne Line is a secondary main line railway in the North Island of New Zealand. It branches from the North Island Main Trunk Railway in Palmerston North and runs east through the Manawatu Gorge to Woodville, where it meets the Wairarapa Line, and then proceeds to...

 railway, which opened in 1942. Passenger services were provided until 1988, when the Endeavour
Endeavour (train)
The Endeavour was a long-distance passenger train service between Wellington and Napier in the North Island of New Zealand...

 express was cancelled north of Napier
Napier, New Zealand
Napier is a New Zealand city with a seaport, located in Hawke's Bay on the eastern coast of the North Island. The population of Napier is about About 18 kilometres south of Napier is the inland city of Hastings. These two neighboring cities are often called "The Twin Cities" or "The Bay Cities"...

. Today, the railway carries solely freight. There is currently ongoing debate as to whether the line should be retained.

Gisborne Airport
Gisborne Airport
Gisborne Airport is a regional airport on the outskirts of Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Gisborne Airport is one of the few airports in the world that has a railway line, the Palmerston North - Gisborne Line, crossing the main runway.-Eastland Group Management:On...

 provides a link in and out of the Gisborne region, with multiple Air New Zealand flights operating to and from Auckland and Wellington, seven days a week.


  • Awapuni
    Awapuni, Gisborne
    Awapuni is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne, and is located in the southwest of the city. It is named after the Awapuni lagoon, where the Waipaoa River runs into the ocean....

  • Elgin
  • Gaddums Hill
  • Heatherlea/Darwin Road
  • Kaiti
    Kaiti, New Zealand
    Kaiti is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located immediately to the east of the city centre, on the opposing bank of the Waimata River....

  • Makaraka
  • Manutuke
    Manutuke is a settlement in the Gisborne Region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located to the west of the city of Gisborne on State Highway 2, close to the mouth of the Waipaoa River....

  • Mangapapa
    Mangapapa is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located in the north of the city. Whataupoko lies to the southeast and Te Hapara to the south, separated from Mangapapa by the Turanganui River....

  • Makorori
  • Riverdale
  • Riverside
  • Riverview
  • Sponge Bay
  • Tamarau
    Tamarau is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located to the southeast of the city centre....

  • Te Hapara
    Te Hapara
    Te Hapara is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located in the northwest of the city. It contains one primary school, Te Hapara School, which is located in Mill Road....

  • Te Wharau
  • Victoria
    Victoria, New Zealand
    Victoria is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located close to the shore of Poverty Bay, to the southeast of the city centre. It was named for Queen Victoria....

  • Waikanae
  • Waikirikiri
  • Wainui Beach
    Wainui Beach
    Wainui Beach is a small settlement on the coast of New Zealand's North Island, located just to the north of Tuaheni Point, some 8 km to the east of Gisborne, to which it is linked by State Highway 35. As of the 2006 census, Wainui Beach had a usually-resident population of 1,515.The beach is...

  • Whataupoko
    Whataupoko is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located to the northeast of the city centre.It is bordered by the city centre, and the suburbs of Kaiti and Mangapapa....

  • Sister cities

    Gisborne had three sister cities in the Sister Cities International Program, two are in the United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

     (one in Wales
    Wales is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and the island of Great Britain, bordered by England to its east and the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to its west. It has a population of three million, and a total area of 20,779 km²...

     and Scotland
    Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the...

    ), the third being Palm Desert, California
    Palm Desert, California
    Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately east of Palm Springs. The population was 48,445 at the 2010 census, up from 41,155 at the 2000 census...

     in the US
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

    Palm Desert, California
    Palm Desert, California
    Palm Desert is a city in Riverside County, California, United States, in the Coachella Valley, approximately east of Palm Springs. The population was 48,445 at the 2010 census, up from 41,155 at the 2000 census...

    , United States Nonoichi, Ishikawa
    Nonoichi, Ishikawa
    is a city located in Ishikawa, Japan.As of February 2011, the city has an estimated population of 51,976 and a density of 3,830 persons per km². The total area is 13.56 km²....

    , Japan Gisborne, Victoria
    Gisborne, Victoria
    Gisborne is a town located approximately northwest of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As it is close to Melbourne, but in attractive countryside, it is proving an increasingly popular place to settle. The town was named after Henry Fyshe Gisborne , the first Commissioner for Crown Lands of the...

    , Australia Valverde del Majano, Segovia, Spain

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