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.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum was founded in 1910 by Douglas Cook and is the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees in the Southern Hemisphere, encompassing an area of 135 hectares. Within the arboretum is the Homestead Garden, a formal garden cared for by a group of dedicated volunteers.
Eastwoodhill Arboretum caters for all levels of fitness and mobility – for both young and the young at heart. Due to the terrain at Eastwoodhill Arboretum, some walking tracks aren’t suitable for everyone. However, a limited mobility trail is signposted around the Homestead Garden and arboretum. This trail has been designed to allow access to the more level areas of the arboretum, keeping in mind the needs of individual visitors.