It was the first location in New Zealand to be spotted by Captain James Cook's ships in 1769. The town was established sometime in the early 1800's. It was originally named "Turanga," but the town's name was changed in 1870 in honor of a New Zealand politician.
Today, Gisborne is known for its bay, bright blue and crystal clear waters, downtown area, hillsides, ports, surfing, and beaches.
People Born in Gisborne
Gisborne in People's Lives
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1983 to film scenes of the movie The Bounty.