Gisborne's climate - many sunshine hours and mild winters - favours grape growing, and award winning wines of international standard are being produced here (Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay are famous). Gisborne enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, beautiful beaches, surfing, fishing, yachting, golf, hunting, tramping, white water rafting, canoeing, and all types of wilderness activities. A 90 min. drive takes you to lake Waikaremoana, a true paradise and famous for trout fishing. Half an hour's drive from the city is Eastwoodhill arboretum, a heaven for botanists with its huge collection of tree- and plant species. If you crave for culture: A one hour's flight takes you to Wellington's or Auckland's theatres and opera houses. Many artists, painters and bohemians are attracted to the Gisborne region by the relaxed lifestyle and the Maori culture which influences much of the art.
Gisborne is a romantic end-of-the-line Pacific market town with history - Captain Cook first set foot here on New Zealand soil in 1769. Gisborne region enjoys mediterranean climate and it is one of the sunniest places in the country. People are friendly and the laid-back lifestyle is one of its attractions. We reluctantly depart this idyll for Europe, looking back on many happy years in this house.