Monday, November 22, 2010

On the road again: Gisborne, New Zealand

On Friday we left early to drive to Gisborne, on the East Coast of the North Island of Aotearoa.

It was a long drive, about 7-8 hours, but we stopped in a few places to stretch our legs and take in the views.

In the late afternoon we got to Gisborne, the first city in the world to see the light of the each new day.

We changed quickly and went to the beautiful Rongopai marae for the launch of the book
Wiremu Pere: The Life and Times of a Maori Leader, 18371915. It was an honour to be there to launch such a important book.

On Saturday we strolled in the city...

... and went to the beach. A bit too cold for me to swim, but not for the kids!

Also, many treasures to be found on the beach...

And things to build!

In the afternoon we visited another Gisborne beach, a real surfers' paradise. And this is the backyard or my friend Elena's house...

You don't believe me? Scroll down, here her swing and deck chair! What a place!

(Per gli italiani che leggono: so che la Nuova Zelanda sembra lontana, ma se potete venite a trovarmi, ne vale la pena!)

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Aleeeeeee lo so che ne vale la pena e ad essere sincera non mi sembra nemmeno poi così lontana . . .sarà per il fatto che è proprio voglia di andarci!!
    A presto

  2. Beh, meno male Manu, me lo dicono in tanti, ma poi pochi arrivano, anche perche' ci vogliono minimo 3-4 settimane di vacanza tutte insieme per godersela :-)

  3. Great pics, guess what, never been to Gisborne!

  4. Che meraviglioso reportage!!!Smack!

  5. i'd love to go to Gisborne sometime. 'knowing' the region through Witi Ihimaera's novels. have a great week, Alessandra.

  6. Che belle queste foto. Baci, buona giornata

  7. Arfi, I also love Witi Ihimaera's novels :-)! And I know him! First time in Gisborne for me!


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