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Published: February 18th 2014
Gisborne, NZ -from the Oosterdam
Another beautiful day, this morning in Gisborne. The moon was still visible in the morning sky and the chaotic buffet lines have become orderly and smooth. The eggs Benedict were perfect and I prepared for the tender to shore with plenty of time. The tender ride to town took 30 minutes, but the ride was smooth. It is a small town, quite a contrast to Auckland from a couple of days ago. The banks of the river are lined with palm trees and walking paths.
Gisborne has proclaimed itself “the city where day begins” because of its proximity to the International Date Line. This is where the first celebration of New Year’s Day takes place. The city enjoys an average of 2,200 hours of sunshine each year. On an historic note, in 1769 Nicholas Young, Captain James Cook’s cabin boy (aka Young Nick), the first European eyes to spot New Zealand, told Captain Cook of the sighting. Cook brought the Endeavour to shore. Statues of both Captain Cook and Nicholas Young gaze Taruhera River. The weather supports great wine growing and the fertile river valleys that converge have varying soil
conditions and microclimates. Chardonnay and other whites are joined by fruity reds such as Merlot and Malbec.
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