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Gisborne (Pop: 33,100) (Māori: Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa, "The place where 'Kiwa' - of the Tākitimu waka - stood") is the name of the largest settlement within the Gisborne Region of northeastern New Zealand.

The Gisborne region is located in the northeastern corner of the North Island and is also referred to as the East Cape or East Coast or Eastland region. It is a sparsely inhabited and isolated region, with small settlements mainly clinging to small bays along the eastern shore including Tokomaru Bay and Tolaga Bay.

Located 233 kms north of Napier, Gisborne is a sunny prosperous river port city where the Waimata and Taruheru rivers adjoin the city, giving it a pleasant aspect.

Inland from Gisborne, the land is rough, predominantly forested, hill country. Te Urewera National Park is located in the west of the region, and the Kaingaroa Forest is located further west of that. A spine of rough ridges dominates the centre of the region, culminating in the impressive bulk of the 1620 metre Mount Hikurangi in the region's northeast.

This mountain is the fifth highest mountain in the North Island, and the highest that is not a volcano. Regarded as sacred by the Māori, there is some justification to the claims that this is the first mountain to see the sun in summer.

Gisborne is the business and administrative centre for the Eastland region, a region that has an abundance of wilderness with miles of golden sandy beaches, also produces wines, beef, lamb and market gardening production.

Surrounded by rich flat lands and mountains, Gisborne is the closet to the international Dateline and sees the sunrise before any other city in the world.

Gisborne city maintains a rural charm and is a popular holiday spot. Local industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming and forestry. Wine production is also valuable to the local economy. It is sometimes known as the City of Rivers as the centre of the city is the convergence of three different rivers

Eastland was the first land sight seeing by Captain Cook and also early Maori and European history. Eastland is part of the Pacific Coast Highway.

Gisborne is served by regular daily inter-regional and long distance bus and coach services to and from Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Napier, Hastings and Wellington and by Air New Zealand Link services from Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington.

There are no passenger train or rail services from Gisborne to Auckland, Rotorua, Tauranga, Taupo, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North or Wellington.