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Discover Gisborne the first city to see the light of the new day

Gisborne is your gate way to the East coast, discover all the secrets and treasures of the worlds edge.
Gisborne city is the capital of the east coast region also known as Eastland, East Coast or Tairawhiti.

The Gisborne region is so close to the edge that we are the birth place of the sun making us the first city in the world to see the light of the new day. The people who live here nurture the sun and share their warmth with the rest of New Zealand and the world. The Gisborne Region covers a land area of 8,265 square kilometres on the eastern coast of the North Island of New Zealand. This is approximately 4.9% of New Zealand's total land area. The region stretches from just north of Morere thermal springs andMahia Peninsular in the south to include the East Cape and Potaka township to the east of Opotiki. Our neighbouring regions are Hawkes Bay to the south and the Bay of Plenty to the north west.

The people of the Gisborne District.
The population of the region was 43,971 at the 2001 census. The provisional figures from the 2006 census shows a slight rise to 44,400 with both losses and gains showing in various district centres.

Around 45% of the population are of Maori descent, giving Gisborne District the highest proportion of persons of Maori descent anywhere in New Zealand. Gisborne and the East Coast are among the few places in the country where Maori is commonly spoken as an everyday language. There are throughout the district over 100 Marae (meeting area of a Hapu, sub-tribe or family group, including a meeting house).

Around 53% of the population describe themselves as being of European descent, and 2% are of other nationalities.

Gisborne is a relatively young district: 27% of it's people are under 15 years of age.


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Inside you will discover things about our...

  • Leading Gisborne People,
  • Cutting Edge Gisborne Forestry,
  • Innovative companies who have developed Leading Gisborne Technology,
  • Our Learning in Gisborne
  • Gisborne and Eastcoast tourism operators.
  • Sporting in the Gisborne district.
  • Surf sand and sun in Gisborne and the Gisborne District.
  • Gisborne, Maori art,
  • Wonderful lifestyle we lead in Gisborne our " edge of the world" paradise and much more...
  • Historical edge... How the Poverty Bay and Gisborne edge were first discovered by Maori, and then how Captain Cook sighted land and it became the first land to have contact between Maori and Pakeha (European).

But most of all when you actually visit us here at The Worlds Edge you will have experiences that you will not get any where else in the world... You see our dream is to capture your hearts forever. And while we can give you a taste of what you can enjoy on this website it will be nothing compared to experiencing it for yourself. Come and create unforgettable memories.

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View the Gisborne Region Community Profile.
The Community Profile provides information about your local community - Provided byStatistics New Zealand.


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Featured Business - Supreme Hoists Ltd

Supreme Hoists is a New Zealand owned and family runs business established in Hamilton in 1972 where their main niche market was manufacturing New Zealand made 2 and 4 post hoists for the automotive markets.
Today Supreme hoists successfully manufactures a range of lift products for the domestic and Commerical markets where we look to utilise smart technology and the innovation and technical ability of our professional staff. We can work with Builders and Designers throughout New Zealand and stand behind our products.

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Senator Motor Inn

Gisborne's closest motel to the central Business District and Wharf Entertainment Area, Senator Motor Inn is perfect for business travellers, conferences and those weekends away in Gisborne.

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 The Worlds Edge Information Brochure 

This brochure contains 20 pages of information about Gisborne City and the surounding region.

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