Gisborne’s natural attractions include renowned
breaks, perfect swimming beaches, and miles of
coastline. There are many
attractions, excellent bush, farm and wilderness walks,
New Zealand best fly-fishing rivers, award winning
wineries to visit and
restaurants can provide a dining experience as diverse and
unique as the region is itself. Local restaurants take advantage
of an abundant supply of fresh produce from Gisborne’s beautiful
Gisborne has a
growing number of authentic
scheduled that will provide a unique range of Gisborne/East Coast
Gisborne is how life used to be. The laid back and relaxed lifestyle
enjoyed by its inhabitants will soon become evident and appreciated
At the time of the 2006 Census, the usually
resident population count for the region was 44,499. This is an
increase of 1.2% from the 2001 Census. The usually resident
population count for New Zealand as a whole was 4,027,947, an
increase of 7.7% from the 2001 Census.
Te Hapara had the greatest population of 4,281
usual residents, followed by Mangapapa with 4,266, and then
Whataupoko with 3,696.
Tamarau had the highest density of population in
the Gisborne Region with 20.43 people per hectare.
The population under the age of 20 in the Gisborne
Region stands at 34%, compared with the whole of New Zealand at
While the population over the age of 65 was 12% in
the Gisborne Region compared to 13% Nationwide.
Gisborne Region has the highest percentage of Maori
population at 41% (19,758) compared to a National average of
Of the 44,499 Gisborne Region population, 85%
(37,917) are New Zealand born, 8% (3,582) were born Overseas, and
7% (2,964) are not elsewhere included.
Outer Kaiti has the largest Maori speaking
population (654), South Kaiti and Te Hapara had the largest Samoan
speaking population (27), and the largest NZ sign language
population is Gisborne Airport (33).
21.5% (9570) of the population, aged 15 years and
over, in the Gisborne Region have no education, compared to 17.6%
(708,432) of New Zealand as a whole.
The median Total Household Income for the Gisborne
Region was $41,000, compared to the national median of $51,400.
The median Total Personal Income for the Gisborne
Region population aged 15 years and above was $22,600, compared to
the national median of $24,400.