The actual first sunrise in the world is actually in New Zealand, and the best place to see it is East Cape Lighthouse. If that’s too far from you, yes you can head to Gisborne , where it is famous to be known as the first city that see the light!
There is nothing much to do at Gisborne district, but depends on where you come from, there is always some places in between to explore. And we did went to a hotspring, some hiking and also Tolaga Bay which famous for its sunrise view.
During our road trip, the weather wasn’t doing really great. But I am sure if is sunny and less rain, the sunrise at the beach is magnificent.