Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day and its Maori name "Tairawhiti" which means "The coast upon which the sun shines across the water" reinforces this. Kaiti Beach, near the city, was where the Maori immigrational waka, Horouta, landed; and is also the first European landing place in New Zealand. Captain Cook first set foot here in 1769 and European settlement was established in 1831 and the town which developed was named after Hon. William Gisborne, the Colonial Secretary, in 1870. Renowned for its great surf and wonderful beaches the city and its surrounds has a laid back approach but look a little deeper and you will find some of the most important historical sites in New Zealand.