Mount MaunganuiQuay Bay of Plenty Ltd.
Quay Group - Gisborne
Good old Gizzy. The capital of the East Coast, the first city on earth to see the dawn of each new day and home to some of the best surf breaks in the country. And let's not forget its pretty awesome history - it was where Captain Cook first stepped ashore New Zealand in 1769.
Source - Erin Boyle Stuff
Why should I move there?
If a laid-back beach lifestyle is what you're after, then Gizzy is hard to beat. With some great weather, achieving some of the top temps in the country, the outdoors will be your best friend on land and in the surf.
Technology has also managed to solve a lot of what used to be so unattractive about living there - not being a part of the big wide world. You don't have to feel shut off in small town New Zealand anymore, yes you can have it all.
It's flat! This may not seem like much of a big deal for some people, but when you have lived in Wellington or Auckland for any length of time, you will understand that no hills equals a lot of benefits! Bike to the dairy - tick. Bike to work - tick. Bike to your mate's house - tick. 'Nuff said.
Plus, housing is cheap: for the price of a garage in Auckland's Herne Bay, you can get yourself a complete family home.
What's the transport like?
There is a bus (or two) to get from A to B, but don't be expecting anything too flash.
There are a number of primary, intermediate and secondary schools in Gisborne, including single sex high schools.
All the usual big guns are in town here - The Warehouse, Briscoes, Countdown, Pak'n'Save, and Farmers. There are also quite a few boutique shops that can be discovered on an easy stroll through town.
For leisure activities there is plenty on offer from cultural attractions to outdoor adventure, fishing and diving and scenic walks. Gisborne also has a public pool, mini golf, a speedway and a movie theatre.
There are also quite a few events on throughout the year and whether you're keen for some country fun, looking to eat and drink your way through a weekend or want to dance for three days into the New Year, then you will be well satisfied here.
Where to eat out
There are some cool little cafes and pubs around the place - there is definitely good coffee and beer available! Fine dining isn't really on offer, but for something a little more, let's say 'posh', the many vineyards dotted around the countryside provide top quality meals and - of course - beautiful wines to match.
From soccer to rugby, surf life saving, bowls, boxing and more, you can definitely get your sport fill without having to venture too far.
Where to buy
For keen surfers Wainui Beach is probably the place to be - the beach is right on the doorstep (although you'll be paying a lot more out there). For views, there are quite a few new homes going up on the hill behind Gisborne, but it is still only a five or so minute drive away. And for down on the flat, close to town, anywhere by the Taruheru or Waimata Rivers would be nice.
Let's just conclude that buying a property in Gisborne is a bargain!