Est. Population: 50,000 | Gisborne City Est. Population: 37,000
The first city in the world to greet the sun each morning with its hot sunshine hours and fertile clay loam soils, Gisborne district is an ideal environment for winemaking. The region is noted for its Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Merlot, and Malbec wines. Other local industries include agriculture, horticulture, farming, forestry, and fishing.
Gisborne city functions as a service town for the district. Its port, a sheltered river port, hosts ships loading logs for export, as well as smaller fishing vessels.
Despite the region’s smaller size, employment opportunities are often available in this region.