Gisborne has warm summers and mild winters. It is one of the sunniest places in New Zealand with an average of about 2,200 hours of sunshine per year. Temperatures of 38°C (100°F) have been recorded and an average 65 days a year reach temperatures higher than 24°C (75°F). The Gisborne region's annual rainfall varies from about 1,000mm (39 inches) near the coast to more than 2,500mm (98 inches) in the higher inland country.

Calendar of Events

Be the first in the world to celebrate New Year's Eve with music and fireworks at the three-day Rhythm and Vines festival (tel. 06/867-4670; on Gisborne's Waiohika Estate. The Gisborne Wine & Food Festival (tel. 0800/447-667 in New Zealand; is on Labour Weekend in October. In early November, the Gisborne Garden & Arts Festival ( showcases artists, live music, and beautiful private gardens. For details on all Eastland area events, contact local visitor centers.

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