Gisborne

Gisborne District Council
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Gisborne is lucky enough to occupy a beautiful and remote part of New Zealand.  Its isolation perched out on the most easterly edge of the country has shaped the town and its charming coastal character. The city is compact, easy to navigate and surrounded by world class surf beaches, quality vineyards, groves of citrus, magnificent trees and wild rivers that meander towards empty beaches.

Rich in history, Gisborne has played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins.  It’s where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed over 800 year ago, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769 making Gisborne the birthplace of the nation.

Gisborne is the most easterly city in the world.  As you watch the sun rise out of the Pacific Ocean you can be certain that you are one of the first people in the world to greet the new day.  Only a few minutes’ drive from the city centre, you catch the first sunrise at Wainui Beach.

Council Phone # 06 867 2049

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Napier Art Deco Festival 2019

"Enter a World of Unique and Incredible Experiences."

If you've never been to the Napier Art Deco Festival there are a few things you need to know. Firstly, you are about to enter a world of unique and incredible experiences.
Second, there is so much to do and see, whether dancing at a concert, admiring the vintage cars, watching the vintage aircraft displays, or just taking in the fashion, no matter where you go or what you do, the atmosphere is electric. As you walk down the street you’ll be greeted by strangers, complimented on your Art Deco attire and made to feel welcome. Finally, there is simply nothing else like it!

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Certified Self-Contained Motorhome / Caravan Parking

Entrance/exit will be opposite 597 Marine Parade - located South of the Spirit of Napier, 1.3km from the Hawke's Bay Toyota Sound Shell. Certified Self Contained Vehicles only!

Arrival time Monday 11th February from 1.00pm, and please depart by 4:30pm on Monday 18th February.

$10.00 per night, per motorhome or caravan, cash payment to be made on arrival. No need to book.

For parking enquiries only, contact Tony Pye: pyetransport@xtra.co.nz

Shuttles: A shuttle service will operate from the Spirit of Napier to the CBD from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th. This council run shuttle service will be available for a gold coin donation.

Pets: Pets on leads at all times.

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Gisborne the birthplace of the Nation

Rich in history, Gisborne has played a crucial role in the story of Aotearoa/New Zealand's origins.  It’s where the Maori migratory waka Horouta and Takitimu first landed over 800 year ago, and where Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall in 1769 making Gisborne the birthplace of the nation.

Photo courtesy of Tourism Eastland

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