Kaiti, New Zealand

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Kaiti is a suburb of the New Zealand city of Gisborne. It is located immediately to the east of the city centre, on the opposing bank of the Waimata River. Kaiti Hill or Titirangi overlooks Poverty Bay with Young Nick's Head (Te Kuri O Paoa) across the Bay. Titirangi also overlooks the city. The Turanganui River is below it, and separates Kaiti from the Gisborne Central Business District.[1]

Nearby Kaiti Beach is one of New Zealand's most historic spots, being the landing site of the Horouta waka. It brought ancestors of the tangata whenua to the region. In 1769 Captain James Cook, the first European to have set foot on New Zealand soil, also landed here. The Cook Landing Site is protected as a national reserve.

The name kaiti comes from Māori words meaning "to eat the edible parts of cabbage trees".


  1. ^ Jackman 2002, p. 1


  • Jackman, Gordon Heathcote (2002) – Archaeology, Annales and the Port of Gisborne, Aotearoa New Zealand. Thesis, submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in Anthropology at Univ. of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.

Coordinates: 38°40′19″S 178°02′06″E / 38.672°S 178.035°E / -38.672; 178.035