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Gisborne (Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa), located at the northern end of Poverty Bay, is where Captain James Cook first stepped ashore in New Zealand on October 8, 1769.
The white cliff headland of Young Nick's Head is prominent at the southern end of the bay. It is believed that this headland was the first part of New Zealand sighted by a crewman of Cook's ship "Endeavour".
To quote from my copy of Cook's Log of his first voyage,"At noon the S.W. point of Poverty bay, which I have named Young Nicks head (after the boy who first saw this land) bore N.by W. distance 3 or 4 leagues".
Dominating the city between the port and the northern point of the bay, Kaiti Hill provides magnificent views of the town, the fertile hinterland and the bay itself.
Visitors to Gisborne should check out the memorials to Cook and Young Nick on the beach front and the memorials on Kaiti Hill. A visit to the "I" for Information (Tourist Bureau) will help in researching history.

Eastland (Gisbourne) Tourist Site,
209 Grey Street, Gisborne.
Ph 06 868 6139
approx Lat:Long: 38º40’20.00”S ; 178º01’13.30”E

  • Last visit to Gisborne: May 2009
  • Intro Updated Sep 23, 2013
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