The Gisborne region is the cultural and historic hub of New Zealand’s North Island. There is so much to explore in Gisborne, and a road trip is the perfect way to see its sites. Camplify gives you a huge range of options, with self-contained mobile accommodations like campervans and motorhomes available to hire and pick up directly from their owners.
The city of Gisborne, located in Poverty Bay on the east side of the North Island, is the first city in the world to see the sun each morning. With a population of 37000 people, almost 50% of the residents identify as Maori, making it a city rich in the traditional cultural heritage of the Island. There is a wealth of Maori art and food experiences available, with local historical tours being a highlight of any day trip. Gisborne’s Kaiti Beach has historical significance as the first landing point of James Cook, but was home to the Maori people for centuries beforehand.
The most enriching part of the Gisborne area is the comprehensive connection it maintains to the Maori culture. The Tairawhiti Museum features Maori clothing, historical artefacts, traditional boats and much more, and is an excellent starting point for learning about the history of the area. The Pooh O Rawiri, in the outer Gisborne region, is a traditional Maori meeting house featuring beautiful woodwork and ancestral carvings.
The outer Gisborne region is famous for its wines, particularly it’s Chardonnays, and has a comprehensive and scenic wine trail to follow, set amongst rolling hills and lush greenery. Horse riding and hiking trails are popular inland, while Gisbourne’s coast features sparkling blue water beaches and excellent surfing and diving, with tours, lessons and gear hire available.
The natural beauty of the Gisborne area needs to be seen to be believed. Plan a camping holiday in RV style to fully explore the abundance of green space, waterfalls, history and heritage that this region offers.