Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning and has a reputation for amazing food, wine, beer and surf beaches. As the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’, Gisborne has a comprehensive wine trail leading to boutique wineries. If you’re interested in Māori culture, Gisborne is an essential port of call on your itinerary as many old traditions are still evident in many parts of the city.