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Gisborne

A region and city

Artwork on the pier

The Poverty Bay and northernmost city in Eastland, Gisborne is the first major city in the world to see the sunrise each day, and as such the city is filled with warmth and freshness. At an average of 2200 hours of sunshine each year, Gisborne is one of the sunniest areas in the country, giving plenty of opportunity to enjoy the golden sand beaches which fringe the area.

Among Gisborne’s most famous features are the abundant surf beaches. Surfing enthusiasts flock from around the world flock to Gisborne to ride the waves. The beach which borders Gisborne city is a gentle beach with golden sand. It’s ideal for family

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Napier & Hastings

New Zealand’s Art Deco City

Napier and Hastings are the twin cities which form the heart of the Hawkes Bay region. Napier is the slightly larger city, but both have their unique characteristics and attractions.

Strikingly situated on the sweeping southwest shores Napier, of Hawkes Bay, has a settled and sunny The climate year-round. city was largely destroyed by a major earthquake in 1931 It was rebuilt in the time – art deco and prevalent styles of the Spanish mission architecture in the The distinctive central business district major draw-cards, and is one of the city’s it makes the city unique in New Zealand. It has one of the highest architecture in concentrations of art deco the Brebner Print

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Dannevirke

Another farming hub

East of the North Island, Danneverke for many travellers is a Wairarapa town to stop and rest on the trip from Wellington to Napier & Hastings. The town has a quiet ambiance and of itself is a pleasant place to linger for a day or two.

State highway 2 passes through the main street and if you can find a park, a browse of the local stores can yield surprising rewards for bargain hunters.

Waihi Falls

A not to miss attraction for children and lovers of fantasy is Danneverke’s Fantasy Cave which is filled with characters and scenes from children’s fairy tales including snow white, jack in the

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Wairarapa

Situated on the south east coast of the North Island, the Wairarapa is the outdoor playground of New Zealand’s capital city Wellington. The region is bordered by the Tararua Range to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east and is an area that gives you a feeling of being off the beaten track, one almost of isolation from the rest of the country.

Renown as a country escape, Wairarapa is a large area featuring uncrowded space, a low population and where the pleasures of a country drive are easy to experience. One of the best ways to encounter the rural charm is to stay in one of the over 100 cottages or rural homestays that are

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Tongariro

Tongaririo was New Zealand’s first national park and was given as a gift from the native people. On the 23rd of September 1887, by the deed of gift, Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), then the paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, gave the sacred peaks to the nation. Following this act of generosity, Tongariro National Park was formally gazetted in 1907 and is New Zealand’s first World Heritage Site, and the fourth National Park to be created in the world.

It is a special area, with a lot of cultural history for the New Zealand Maori people. There is much myth and legend accompanying this unique place and the Park has the three active volcanoes, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro and comprises

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Te Urewera

Te Urewera National Park has the largest forested wilderness left on the North Island. It is remembered for its beautiful lakes and awesome forest, as well as for its cultural history.

The park covers 212,675 ha and was established 1954 together with neighbouring Whirinaki Forest Park. This is the largest remaining area of native forest in the North Island.

This area has been home to the Tuhoe people, or “Children of the Mist” for a long time. “Children of the Mist” refers to the fact that they are the offspring of Hine-puhoku-rangi, the celestial Mist Maiden. The relationship between these people and the land is very strong, and runs very deep.

The lands here were derived from young mudstone, siltstone

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EastLand

The Eastern North Island of New Zealand

Napier by night

From East Cape in the north, Eastland includes Gisborne and Poverty bay, Hawkes Bay with the cities of Napier and Hastings, and extends south through the Wairarapa to Cook Straight.

The region is an abundant haven with fertile plains nestled between rugged hills and the ocean. A wide variety of crops are grown on the plains, and as you drive through them you’ll see pip-fruit orchards, vineyards, olive groves and market gardens. It’s unsurprising, then, that this region leads New Zealand in wine and food. It’s also a wildlife playground with rivers to fish, native bush to explore and beaches to

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