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Intro to Eastland, New Zealand

 Being the first mainland place in the whole world to see the sunrise, the filming location for the popular New Zealand movie 'Whale Rider', Eastland has instant appeal to New Zealand's visitors. Set amongst remote beaches, misty mountains, fertile farmland and attractive vineyards, Eastland has an untouched and fresh ambiance.

Eastland offers a lot in the way of wholesome outdoor activities for visitors who enjoy being tempted by nature. Te Urewera National Park, New Zealand's third largest National Park can be found in the Eastland region, providing excellent opportunities for hiking through stunning scenery.

Eastland isn't just for those visitors looking to get back to nature; Gisborne offers visitors the chance to truly indulge with fine dining and wine tasting. Fine cheeses, fantastic Chardonnay and the Southern Hemisphere's first commercially grown black truffles are all well stocked. Gisborne is also a hotspot for surfers from all over the world; legend has it that in 1769 Captain Cook surfed his ship Endeavour into Kaiti Beach.

Things to do in Eastland:

Eastland is a place of pristine natural beauty that lures its visitors deeper into the region with fishing, hunting, swimming, surfing, camping and diving opportunities aplenty.

Visitors who appreciate the natural world have a rare chance to visit Eastland's arboretums, housing a wide variety of trees and shrubs from across New Zealand and the rest of the world.

Beautiful views over Poverty Bay can be enjoyed with a visit to the Titirangi domain and a walk up Kaiti Hill. Te Waha-O-Rerekohu, a 600 year old pohutukawa tree, making it New Zealand's oldest can be found in Te Araroa on the coast.

Great surfing, swimming, fishing and diving can be found at Mahia Beach, a lovely little holiday village on the coast with a great mix of accommodation on offer.

Main Centres in Eastland:

? Gisborne - one of the sunniest cities in New Zealand

? East Cape - the easternmost point of the main islands of New Zealand

? Ruatoria - the first point on mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise

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