7 Things Every Traveller should know about Gisborne, NZ November 26, 2019 Cedar House Post in Travellers If you have never visited Gisborne, there are a few alluring facts that might drive you to start planning your next trip there. We wish to share with you some of these facts, so you can be aware of what the city has to offer its visitors. A Small City with a Great Name Gisborne is far from the great metropolis of the world, with its population of just under 35,000 people. Its name also has an interesting origin as it comes from the times of colonists, where a William Gisborne was designated as the secretary for the settlement of New Zealand. Longest Summer Days The first sunrise on the planet can be witnessed in this city and its summer days last the longest here, compared to other New Zealand cities. It is perfect if you want to enjoy clear skies and a wonderful stroll around the city. Tourist Economy The city’s main trade is tourism and recreation, thus it has a great variety of places and people dedicated to tourism. This generally results in a more entertaining and friendly place to visit and make yourself at home while getting to know such a different area and culture. A Place for Garden Lovers For travellers in love with nature and gardens, Gisborne offers several botanical gardens that are open to visits from tourists. Have a lovely date among nature or take your family along, teach the little ones about your love for green escapes and care for plants. Centre of the City, and Centre of Attractions The majority of attractions to be found in the city are located in its centre, where you are only a few miles away from the gorgeous beaches of Madway, Waianae and Wainui beach. Some of these offer typical fun beach activities like swimming, surfing and even snorkelling. An Unforgettable Musical New Year’s Eve The city is host to a New Year Music Festival held each year, where you will not only see local bands but also enjoy the performances of international bands that get together here. We cannot stress enough how amazing attending such an event can be for music lovers. Off-Season Hip-Hop Now, for hip-hop lovers, there is an annual daylong event held in the Dawn Raid beach area. The additional bonus of attending this event is that it takes place in January, an off-season month that might mean a less crowded city for you to enjoy before and after the event. From its small population to the sunny days and attractions, Cedar House recommends this city for music enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This destination is fit for lone tourists, groups of friends and families, for it offers attractions and events appealing to all tastes.