Take time to check out these places in and around Gisborne and soak up some history before you head out on the road.
When visitors come to Gisborne, locals always drag them up the steep steps to the scenic lookouts on Kaiti Hill, known as ‘Titirangi’ in Māori. You can also drive up if steps aren’t your thing.
Take in the breathtaking views across the bay and the fertile flats dissected by three major rivers. It’s a perfect spot to view Young Nick’s Head (Te Kurī a Pāoa), named after Nicholas Young, Captain James Cook’s cabin boy on the HMS Endeavour, who first sighted the sheer white cliffs in October, 1769. Near the top, there’s a controversial statue of Captain Cook overlooking the bay. Is it Cook or not?
Cook stepped ashore for the first time on Aotearoa–New Zealand soil at a site marked by a tall obelisk at the foot of Titirangi – it’s near where the historic first meeting between Māori and European took place in 1769. Tragically, the encounter was marred by a series of misunderstandings that resulted in the deaths of several Māori.