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First Sunrise, Gisborne Overview

To watch the first sunrise on Earth is a charm in itself and Gisborne in New Zealand takes this honour to greet the first rays every day. Although the Independent State of Samoa is the first country to welcome a new day, Gisborne is still the first city to witness the first sunrise and was often dubbed as the place “First to See the Light” until recently. The city of Gisborne is laced with beautiful sandy beaches and magical views of the Pacific Ocean, thereby offering great spots to witness the sun rise here.

If you are an adventure seeker then Mount Hikurangi here is the perfect place to be, as it gives out a fantastic view of the sunrise along with a fun trek on the way. Wainui Beach is another amazing spot here for watching the sunrise amidst beautiful views of the sand dunes and the surfers’ area on the waves and with picturesque views and history ingrained, the East Cape Lighthouse offers a breathtaking view of the sunrise from its top. Another way to enjoy sunrise here comes with a once in a lifetime experience in Tairāwhiti Gisborne where you can soak in the warm rays of the sun while there are stingrays swimming about near your feet. 

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  • Sunrise here happens around 7:00 AM, therefore make sure you reach your desired place before time.
  • Waikanae Beach is famous for its beautiful sunrises and is a major tourist attraction at Gisborne

How To Reach First Sunrise

The Gisborne domestic airport is connected to Wellington and Auckland, from where you can take a bus or drive here.

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