Gisborne, New Zealand

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Thanks to their proximity to the International Dateline, residents of Gisborne love to claim their town is the first city in the world to greet the sun each day. Other towns in the South Pacific might disagree - but there's no denying that this popular vacation spot on New Zealand's North Island draws sun worshippers and surfers to its famous beaches. Located at the confluence of three rivers, Gisborne has won renown of late as one of New Zealand's fine wine regions, producing internationally acclaimed chardonnay and Pinot gris. The region also boasts one of the largest Maori populations in New Zealand - scenes from the award-winning film "Whale Rider" was shot at the nearby Whangara Marae, a major Maori cultural center.

On October 8, 1769, a lookout on HMS Endeavour spotted white chalk cliffs and sang out "Land ho!" Thus Captain James Cook was rewarded with his first sight of New Zealand. Cook named the headland after the young lookout - hence Gisborne's famous landmark Young Nick's Head.

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