Eastland holds many fond memories for Tania Stevenson, Trade Events Manager. Tania grew up in Eastland, naturally making it her favourite undiscovered location.

Name: Tania Stevenson

Position: Trade Events Manager

Why is Eastland special to you?
The region is a unique and special corner of New Zealand.  It has some of the most spectacular white sandy beaches which are perfect for swimming, surfing, fishing, diving or just simply relaxing. I grew up in this region so have many fond memories of summer holidays spent at the beach.  It is the first spot in the world to see the sun rise each day, rich in culture, history and home to the New Zealand movies, Whale Rider and Boy. This is why I find this place pretty special.

Who did you travel with?
I’ve travelled up and down this stretch of coastal highway numerous times with friends and family and also introduced it to people I’ve met on my travels around the world who have come to visit  New Zealand. 

What is your best piece of advice for people visiting Eastland?
Hire a car and spend at least two days exploring this stretch of coastal highway between Gisborne to Opotiki.  Remember to have lots of storage space on your camera for the vast array of photo opportunities and lastly sample some of the world’s best seafood and award-winning wines while you are there.   
What is the closest airport/how do you get there? 
Air New Zealand operates regular domestic flights to Gisborne (GIS) from Auckland and Wellington. Visitors can also collect a rental vehicle from one of the North Island main centres and drive to Eastland. The drive from Auckland to Gisborne via the Pacific Coast Highway takes approximately 6 hours, and the drive from Wellington to Gisborne takes approximately 6 hours 20 minutes.


Eastland is the place where the first Polynesian canoes landed, Captain Cook made his first landfall and Māori and European first encountered each other. Needless to say, Eastland is full of history and rich culture. The region is well-known for its stunning beaches and wineries producing first-class Chardonnay; however there are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.
There are spectacular walking tracks throughout Gisborne, including Lake Waikaremoana Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. Visit Rere Falls for a relaxing picnic on a hot summers day or venture further up the road to the Rere Rockslide, a natural water slide. Explore Tolaga Bay Wharf, measuring 660 metres, New Zealand’s longest wharf.

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