Waihau Bay to Gisborne

Whangaparaoa (Cape Runaway)

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 118.4km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 216km

This is the boundary of the Opotiki District and also of the local tribe, Te Whanau-a-Apanui. Take time out to learn some local history and stand where the warriors of the Tainui Canoe first landed at Whangaparaoa Beach.  On the right at Number 11442 you will find UMF Manuka Honey. There is a good beach and fishing.  Turn off by School to beach and small boat launching.  The Cape itself cannot be reached by road.  Opposite the School there is an Interdominational church.  It is here that two famous canoes landed from Hawaiiki about 1350 A.D. – the Tainui and the Arawa.  Other canoes such as the Tauira and Tokomaru are also said to have called at Taungawhaka, this spot is where kumaras were supposedly first introduced to New Zealand. A restored old Pa site and meeting house are of historical interest at Whangaparaoa.

Potaka

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 134km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 200.4km

Potaka is the most northerly of Ngati Porou communities and is the start of the Ngati Porou tribal area.  Here there is a school and a marae, a road to the left runs down to Lottin Point and Lottin Point Motel. The entire length of this public road is bounded by private property and visitors are requested to observe the owner rights.

Lottin Point is well worth a visit.  Here we have the serenity of quiet bays and the contrasting rocky coastline with pounding seas.  There is good fishing here both for the diver and the surf caster.  Just before reaching Hicks Bay you will notice the aptly named Nipple Hill, also the beautiful waterfall in the bush on the right. On the left you will find Coastal Country Horse Treks.

Lottin Point Motel

18 self contained units sleep 5, double & single units. Licensed restaurant. Excellent fishing, diving etc. Beautiful views. Heli-Pad, Barbecue, guest laundry, bait & fishing gear. Eftpos available. Your hosts Bruno & Duckie. Phone: 06 864 4455.

Hicks Bay

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 151.2km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 183.2km

There is a sudden and dramatic change and this bay, originally named Te Wharekahika and renamed after one of the crew of the “Endeavour” is a truly lovely place.  In Ngati Porou history it gains its importance as the place the most famous of Ngati Porou fighting chiefs, Tuwhakairiora first made his home on entry into the area.  In times past a freezing works and port were established at the western end of the Bay under the lee of Matakaoa Point. With forestry development on the East Cape, maybe the port will be developed again.  Hicks Bay marks the start of the large sheep and cattle stations which extend from here to the south of the North Island along the East Coast and for many miles inland.

Coastal Country Horse Treks

Experience the view of beautiful Hicks Bay by horse or relax with a therapeutic massage. Phone: 06 864 4780.

Hicks Bay General Store & Takeaways

Come relax & meet KELB’s friendly team and be greeted the “Ngati Porou” style. NAU MAI HAERE MAI. Open 7 days for your general needs. Fantastic parking, Groceries, Espresso, Outdoor seating, Bottle Store, ice, bait & all fishing requirements. NZ Post, EFTPOS and much more. Kingi or Louina. Email: kingi@kelb.co.nz. Phone: 06-864 4725.

Onepoto Bay

At the eastern end is Onepoto Road which leads to Horseshoe Bay (Onepoto) with its cluster of homes and the backpackers lodge. A beautiful quiet secluded bay, 2 minutes from the Hicks Bay Store, it is an ideal safe family recreational beach. Swimming and surfing. Onepoto served as the local boat landing bay pre-European and during early settlement, prior to the Hicks Bay Wharf being established. Fishing charters, waka and horse treks available.

On leaving the flat as you wind up the hill some real views are revealed. Here you come upon the Hicks Bay Motel Lodge on its breath taking site where you will receive a warm welcome. Opposite the motel exit up on the hill is one of New Zealand’s largest puriri trees.

A short journey over the hill, Pukeamaru, with brilliant views leads you down to the Tokata flats, where you will find the well equipped and friendly Te Araroa Holiday Park, a little further on the interesting East Cape Manuka oil plant, shop and cafe is well worth a stop.

Between here and Te Araroa you will find a Caravan Dump Station on the seaward side of the road.

Te Araroa Holiday Park & Motels

A remote and peaceful setting amongst established trees and gardens, 4 min walk to beach. Power and tent sites. Budget accommodation for families and backpackers. Excellent amenities block with paraplegic facilities. General store, Bottle Shop, Swim at the beach or surf-cast off the rocks, sea kayaks and mountain bikes for hire. EFTPOS, photocopying and fax service. Midway Opotiki and Gisborne Email:bill.martin@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 4873.

East Cape Manuka Visitors Centre & Cafe

 Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey products available. Espresso, fruit smoothies Ice creams, drinks and food. Informative visual displays, Garden with outdoor seating. Good parking – suitable for buses & campervans. Visitors very welcome. Group factory tours by prior arrangement. Open 7 days Nov to April. Open 5 days May to Oct. On SH35 between Hicks Bay & Te Araroa Email: info@eastcapemanuka.co.nz. Phone: 0508 626 852. 0508 MANUKA.

Hicks Bay Motel Lodge

“Another day of sunshine”. Welcome to the "TOP OF THE WORLD" Our property was built in early 1960 in Eastland and is located midway on the Pacific Coast Highway. We are close to the East Cape Lighthouse. Licenced Restaurant, liquor store and shop on site. Capacity 173 guests, 40 rooms. 1 or 2 bedroom Motels sleep 5 or 6 – Hotel accommodation sleeps 2 or 3. SH 35 Hicks Bay 4087 Email: stay@hicksbaymotel.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 4880.

Te Araroa

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 160.8km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 173.6km

A short drive along the flat brings you to the settlement of Te Araroa nestled under the cliffs of the majestic Whetumataerau.  Formerly known as Kawakawa-mai-Tawhiti, the name was changed because there were too many Kawakawa’s in New Zealand.  The name Te Araroa came from the long hedged path that lead to the house of the 19th century missionary Rev. Kissling. On the beachfront at Te Araroa in the school grounds stands the largest pohutukawa tree in the world, Te Waha o Rerekohu.

Seaside Camping 4724 Te Araroa Rd

Absolute beachfront. Tent sites, campervans, dorm rooms. Seasonal Nov to May. Bookings at Hicks Bay Motel or book online. 4724 Te Araroa Road Phone: 06 864 4880.

Eastern Store

Wide range of Groceries - Continuous Four Square Specials. Petrol & Diesel. Beer & Wine sales. LOTTO. NZ Post Agent. Open 7 days. Email:easternstore@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 4874.

Kai Kart Cafe & Takeaways

Fish & Chips, Burgers

 Dine in Meals. Coffees, Ice creams. Open Tues to Sat 9am to 7pm. Sun 9am to 5pm. Phone: 06 864 4806.

Te Araroa Farmers General Store

Open 7 days for , Convenience foods, Coffee, Camping, Fishing supplies, ice and bait. T-shirts and souvenirs. Your hosts Huti & Danny. Email: teararoafarmers@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 4819.

East Cape Lighthouse

The all weather road runs along the waterfront through private land so beware of stock on the road.  The lighthouse is the most easterly in the world and the climb up to the light is well worth the  trip. The 40 km round trip is most rewarding done early to see the sunrise.

Tikitiki

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 187.2km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 147.2km

Tikitiki lies in a valley on the bend in the road and is reached after having driven through some pleasant farmland with areas of forestry development.  Tikitiki contains much of interest to the student of the Maori.  The people here are descendants of the Whatonga and Toi saga, the first to settle and establish themselves in the fertile valley through which the Waiapu River flows, at the mouth of which fish of many types abound.

Tikitiki has a school, a health centre, a garage, an R.S.A, Postal Centre, Café and Lunchbar.
Above Tikitiki township is the flat hill Pukemaire on which are clearly defined trenches dug in 1864 during the Maori Wars, superimposed on the older earthworks and habitations of the pre-Pakeha era.

St. Mary’s Church at Tikitiki should on no account be missed. The project had to excel all other churches and have Maori architectural design, hereby leading to a resurgence of Maori arts and crafts in the area.  The wonderful carvings and Tukutuku woven panels were created by local Ngati Porou craftspeople and the pulpit was a gift from the Te Arawa tribe. Entry to the church is by gold coin donation inside the church.

Turn left to travel to Rangitukia, continue on Rangitukia Rd 8kms to find Eastender Backpackers & Eastender Horse Treks at 836 Rangitukia Rd.

Eastender Backpackers & Eastender Horse Treks

 Outback location. Make your own Bone Carving or play Table Tennis. Large dining area with TV and fireplace. Outside fire and BBQ, 2 large bunk rooms and 4 cabins, sleeps 29 for $25 pp. Horse Riding $85 pp for 2-hour beach & bush. Steamed hangi meals available (conditons apply) 836 Rangitukia Rd Email:eastenderbackpackers@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06-8643820.

Ruatoria

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 206.4km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 128km

Ruatoria is the largest town since leaving Opotiki and offers facilities not found in other coastal towns so far and is a service centre for many outlying valleys where you will find Kai Kart Takeaways, Ruatoria Hotel, Sharon's Village Cafe & Crafts, a Westpac bank an R.S.A. Club, and there is a Skate Park & Playground situated on the main road. Further on you will find the well stocked Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square and Enz of the Earth Guest House Accommodation.  Ruatoria has a charm of its own and has important connections with the Maori people, being the centre of the great Ngati Porou tribe.  Sir Apirana Ngata lived here and his memory is perpetuated in the Ngata Memorial College.

The Maori V.C. Lieutenant Ngarimu was born here.  In the locality there are many natural gas vents.  This led to petroleum exploration which made many hopeful but like wells in many other places, these wells were dry.  Since 1973 a lot of the marginal farmland has been planted in exotic trees (mainly pinus radiata) which has provided some employment. As well as providing a valuable timber resource the pine trees have helped to stabilise erosion-prone land, and will provide future employment opportunities.

Kaharau Homestay/Art Gallery Ruatoria

Tariff $80 Bookings Recommended. 7182 Main Road, Ruatoria Email: teaohenry@yahoo.com. Phone: 06 864 8577.

Sharon's Village Cafe & Crafts Postal Shop

Warm friendly smiley faces. Unique spacious cafe & gallery. Home baking, espresso coffee, goodies, Katoa local art & crafts a must on the coast. Private functions. Catering for all your needs. we like to please. Open Mon-Fr 8.30am to 5pm Sat & Sun 9.30am to 5pm Main Road, Ruatorea Email: sharonruatorea@gmail.com. Phone: 06 864 8984.

Enz of the Earth

Guest House Accommodation. Meals by arrangement. Tariff from $100. Booking ahead recommended. Email: lireedy@hotmail.com. Phone: 06 864 8711.

Kai Kart Takeaways

Fish & Chips, Burgers, Toasted Sandwiches, Coffee, Cold Drinks. Open Tues-Fri from 12 noon. Sat & Sun from 4pm. Phone: 06 8648083.

Hikurangi Foodmarket Four Square

Supermarket Shopping, Petrol & Diesel, Lotto, General Hardware, Souvenir T Shirts, Postcards, Beer & Wine. Hours Mon to Sat 7am to 6.30pm. Sun 8am to 5pm. Main Road, Ruatoria Phone: 06 864 8450.

Ruatoria Hotel, Accommodation, Meals, Bar, Bottle Store, Gaming Rooms, Functions. Phone: 06 864 8437.

Mt Hikurangi

At 1754 metres, the majestic Mt. Hikurangi is the highest non-volcanic peak in the North Island. The mountain is sacred to the Ngati Porou people and is the first place in New Zealand to see the sun each day. High on the mountain are nine carved Whakairo (sculptures) depicting the whanau of Maui - Tikitiki - a - Taranga, who legend attributes to fishing the North Island up from the sea. There is a walking track to the summit via private property, access is by permission of Ngati Porou Tourism who have offices in Ruatoria (ph 06-864 8660).

WAIPIRO BAY:- A 14km loop road detour off the main road here will take you to Waipiro Bay.  Once a bustling coastal shipping township the bay has a school, a fishing ground, three historical Marae and a church.

Faleo'o at Waipiro Bay

 Fully self contained 3 Bedroom Bach. Sleeps 6 comfortably. Freeview available. Email: lynda.ras@hotmail.com. Phone: 06 864 8450 days or 06 864 7722 night.

Te Puia Springs

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 232.8km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 101.6km

Te Puia Springs is most interesting for here we have evidence of thermal activity.  Just north of the village is a pleasant golf course.  There is a hospital, and a small but attractive settlement with a well stocked store, hotel and Visitor Information Centre. The surrounding area is interesting and is worth more than a passing glance.  A detour off the main road here can take you to Waipiro Bay. Once a bustling coastal shipping township the bay has a school, a fishing ground, three historical Marae & a church.

Te Puia Springs Hotel

 Old Charm Hotel, newly renovated with accommodation, cafe, restaurant, bar and private mineral hot pool. GREAT REVIEWS! Bush walks, tropical gardens, thermal activity, close to the golf course. Your hosts Knox & Marilyn Toheriri 4689 Waiapu Road, P O Box 5, Te Puia Springs Email: tepuiasprings@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 6755 or 027 2231752.

 

Te Puia Springs Visitor Information Centre

In District Council building. For visitor information and recreational advice. Phone: 06 864 6853.

Tokomaru Bay

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 243.2km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 91.2km

A quiet coastal township with a temperate climate, Tokomaru Bay is a pleasant place. With rocky headlands at each end of eight kilometres of golden beach, it is an ideal place for swimming, surfing and fishing. On the waterfront you will find public toilets & a Skate Park. It is an area rich in culture and history and is known as an arts centre as many craftspeople have been drawn to live there.

The local Maori, Te Whanau-a-Ruataupare have four active marae including the large carved meeting-house on the Pakirikiri Marae which was opened in 1934. A party came down from Rarotonga to take part in the ceremony, hence the name Te Hono ki Rarotonga. The headland Mawhai Pa is known for the stout defence by a small group of old men, women and three European whalers against a much larger party of Hauhau warriors in 1865. At Waima at the eastern end of the bay is an old wharf and the remains of a freezing works which closed down in 1952, relics of the era when transport on the coast was by sea. The New Zealand Shipping Co. had a depot here and the harbour operated until 1963.

[Brian's Place Backpackers]
Brian's Place Backpackers, Great sunrise of the Pacific Ocean. 21 Potae Street Phone: 06 864 5870.
[The Ruins Accommodation]
The Ruins Accommodation, Situated on the old freezing works historical site. Private, Secluded, Tranquil. 5 mins walk to wharf. 2 self contained units, 1 sleeps 4, the other 7. Shared Laundry & Bathroom. Marlene & Bill Phone: 027 267 6561 or 021 037 6948.
[Te Puka Tavern]
Te Puka Tavern, Beachfront Bar & Bistro, 4 Quality Motel Units, Cafe. Beach Road Phone: 06 864 5465.
[Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B]
Te Poutapeta - The Post Office B&B, Historic Places Trust 100 year old building. Quality accommodation. Fully Self-contained Three bedrooms - 1/2 minute walk to beach. Bill & Jan Hughes. Cell 027 459 4099. 8 Waimana Street, Tokomaru Bay Email: billhughes@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 864 5411.

Anaura Bay

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 267km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 67km

Well worth the 7km drive, Anaura Bay is one of the most beautiful of all the East Cape Bays. Steeped in history, Captain Cook berthed at Anaura where he was warmly welcomed by local Maori, after a speedy retreat from Poverty Bay! Anaura is a very safe haven with a flat golden sanded beach with great fishing. The backdrop of wonderful native bush provides a well formed family walkway of 3.5kms, taking about two hours.  An idyllic spot with a good range of all types of accommodation.

Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve: covers 225 hectares of steep bush & regenerating native vegetation. Anaura Bay Walkway begins & ends in the reserve. Camp fees - $10 per site per night. Closed from Easter to Labour Weekend (late October), maximum stay 3 weeks. Facilities - Water from tap. Campers are urged to boil it or bring their own drinking water. A chemical toilet dump station is available & campers must supply their own chemical toilets. Barbecues or fireplaces, picnic tables & rubbish collection may be provided.

[Anaura Bay Family Motor Camp]
Anaura Bay Family Motor Camp, Just a piece of paradise! Absolute Beachfront. Super safe swimming beach. Powered & Tent Sites. Camp Shop (Basics, Drinks, Ice Creams) Dump Station available for our campers. Eftpos & Credit Card facilities. Your friendly hosts Jack & Marie. Email:anaurabay@farmside.co.nz. Phone: 06 862 6380.
[Anaura Beachstay or Willowflat Farmstay (PCH)]
Anaura Beachstay or Willowflat Farmstay (PCH), Escape to the water’s edge or relax in the spa at our farm, Self Contained units. Min stay 2 nights. Email: willowflat@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 862 6341.
[Rangimarie Beachstay B&B]
Rangimarie Beachstay B&B, Rangimarie Cottage & Rangimarie Homestay Beachfront property - All rooms have private decks with sensational views of Anaura Bay and sunrises. Self-contained and hosted (B&B) accommodation. Dinners catered for by arrangement. 930 Anaura Road Email:anaurastay@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 021 633 372.

Tolaga Bay

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 279.2km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 55.2km

This town is larger than most of the settlements on this coast, and features The Tolaga Inn, a picturesque colonial style hotel, the shopping centre is good and the town boasts a nine-hole golf course, bowling club and skate park.  The streets of this town are named after Captain Cook’s crew.  Cook cast anchor here in 1769.  The beach at Tolaga Bay is excellent for swimming and fishing and adequate facilities are available for boat launching.  What is probably the best situated camp site on this coast is The Tolaga Bay Holiday Park about three kilometres out of town, right on the beach at the end of the bay where the rocky shoreline again commences.  The very long jetty served as a wharf for the area in the days of coastal shipping.  A very popular fishing spot, this is also the start of the 5km Cook’s Cove walkway (2.5 hours) which provides spectacular views of Cook’s Cove and the hole in the cliff wall.

[Tolaga Bay Holiday Park]
Tolaga Bay Holiday Park, Cabins, powered and tent sites, kitchen, ablution block, hot showers. Safe beach and good fishing. Close to Cook’s Cove walkway. Mike & Trina Brooker. 167 Wharf Road Email:tolagabayholidaypark@msn.com. Phone: 06 862 6716.
[Uawa FM Media Centre]
Uawa FM Media Centre, Information Centre/Radio Station 88.5FM and 99.3FM. 88.8FM at Tokomaru Bay. Email: uawafm@hotmail.com. Phone: 06 862 6862.
[Cottles Cafe & Bakery]
Cottles Cafe & Bakery, Home of the famous pies. Burton Hollis Coffee. Cook Street Phone: 06 862 6484.
[Tolaga Bay Garage]
Tolaga Bay Garage, Gasoline Alley Services. All motoring needs. A full range of accessories. L.P.G. and dive bottle filling. Tolaga Bay Phone: 06 862 6883.
[Papatahi Homestay]
Papatahi Homestay, Modern sunny home. Separate accommodation with ensuite. 3kms north of Tolaga Bay Email: nickibrucej@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 862 6623.

Waihau Beach (also known as Loisels Beach)
Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 318km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 16km

(Road access at Pouawa Beach) Marine life is totally protected in this reserve which covers 2450 hectares from the Pouawa to the Waimoko river mouths, and up to 3.5kms offshore.

[Jen’s Retreat Whangara]
Jen’s Retreat Whangara, Glenroy Road. 25kms from Gisborne. Semi self-contained B&B Farmstay. Own facilities with ensuite. Established gardens & trees surrounding homestead. Farm tours, kiwifruit. Hosts Rick & Jenny Loffler. Phone: 06-862 2879.

Tatapouri

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 324km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 13km

Tatapouri is a fantastic base from which to explore the untouched East Coast. Good fishing and diving may be enjoyed.  Wild life mixture include penguins, seals, dolphins, whales and a wide variety of seabirds. Tatapour is in close proximity to several top surfing beaches, is only 10 minutes from Gisborne City's shops and attractions. Tatapouri is the home of Dive Tatapouri and Tatapouri By The Sea.

After Tatapouri you will pass Makarori Beach, well known as a surfing mecca all year round.

[Dive Tatapouri]
Dive Tatapouri, Reef Ecology Tour with wild stingrays. Shark Cage Diving. Snorkelling with Singrays. Qualified Dive Instructor, Gear Hire & Air Fills. Beachfront Facilities. Bookings Essential. All activities weather dependant. Email: divetatapouri@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06-868 5153.
[Tatapouri Camping Ground]
Tatapouri Camping Ground, Be the first in the world to see the sunrise at the perfect beachfront holiday destination. All cabins come with amazing sea views. An attractive camping ground, absolute beachfront at the site of the former Tatapouri Hotel destroyed by fire in 1996. Self contained Cabins, Sleeping Cabins, Private Cottage, Power Sites, Non-Power Sites. 516 Whangara Road Phone: 06 868 3269.

Wainui Beach

  • Kilometres from Opotiki: 330.4km
  • Kilometres from Gisborne: 4km

Wainui Beach is virtually right in Gisborne, but still retains the peace and restfulness of a country area.  The beach is beautiful for swimming and New Zealand renowned for surfing.  A left turn at Wairere Road takes you into the settlement of Wainui Beach where you will find Wainui Beach Motel. If you continue along Wairere veering right onto Oneroa Road then left onto Murphy Road takes you to Lloyd George Road andTuahine Cottage. Or if you continue on Oneroa Road you will joint the main highway again.

Just past Wainui on the outskirts of Gisborne you will find Sponge Bay Motor Inn.
[Wanui Beach Motel]
Wanui Beach Motel, 100m to sand & surf. Fully self contained clean & tiday 1 & 2 bedroom units. Subtropical tranquil garden setting. Playground, pool and guests BBQ's. Email: info@wanuibeachmotel.co.nz. Phone: 0800 923 224.
[Tuahine Cottage]
Tuahine Cottage, Studio self-contained private relaxed accommodation, 2 minute walk to Wainui Beach, country setting. Wesley and Lorraine Franks, 8 Lloyd George Rd, Wainui, Gisborne. Ph 06 867 0634 Cell 027 453 9930. Email: wesleyfranks@clear.net.nz
[Motel Oasis (wasSponge Bay Motor Inn)]
Motel Oasis (wasSponge Bay Motor Inn), 15 units, studio and family, some with kitchens and spa baths. Situated in rural setting close to town and beach. 1 Sponge Bay Road, SH35 Email: spongebaymotorinn@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 867 9493. 0800 800 929.

Welcome to Gisborne

For detailed info on Gisborne attractions, see the brochure Gisborne & the Eastland Region or visit the Gisborne I-Site Visitor Information Centre.

This citiy of some 30,000 inhabitants is situated on the fertile plains of Poverty Bay and enjoys a pleasant sunny climate.  Due to its close proximity to the International Date Line, this is the most easterly city in the world, and is the first on which the sun rises.  Captain James Cook made his first New Zealand landfall at Kaiti Beach in 1769 and it is here that New Zealand's European history began.  A granite memorial marks the spot of the landing.  On Kaiti Hill, which provides wonderful scenic views, a bronze statue of Cook overlooks the site.  There is another statue of Cook at the mouth of the Turanganui River near Waikanae Beach and also one of Nicholas Young, the cabin boy who first saw land.  Across the bay are visible the white cliffs that now bear his name, Young Nicks Head.

[Gisborne I-Site Visitor Information Centre]
Gisborne I-Site Visitor Information Centre, Open 7 days. 18 hole mini golf course. Bookings taken for accommodation, travel & tourist activities. 209 Grey Street, Gisborne Email: info@gisbornenz.com. Phone: 06 8686139.

Gisborne Accommodation

[Gisborne Accommodation]
Gisborne Accommodation, Apartments or luxury B&B accommodation to suit your style. Your comfort is our priority. - choose from Marina View Apartments - Cedar House Luxury B&B - Private Portside Hotel Apartments. Phone: 0508 44726763 or 027 430 7296.
[Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks]
Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks, Experience Gisborne's most spectacular scenery and accommodation. Visit our website for more information. 658 Makaretu Road, Otoko Email: tombleson@clear.net.nz. Phone: 06 867 8452.
[Wanui Beach Motel]
Wanui Beach Motel, 100m to sand & surf. Fully self contained clean & tiday 1 & 2 bedroom units. Subtropical tranquil garden setting. Playground, pool and guests BBQ's. Email: info@wanuibeachmotel.co.nz. Phone: 0800 923 224.
[BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge]
BK's Palm Court Motor Lodge, 15 comfortable, quiet ground floor units. King size spa bath & mobility units available. SKY TV, wireless internet. 671 Glasdstone Road Email: info@palmcourt.co.nz. Phone: 0800 67 2000. 0800 67 2000.
[Tatapouri Camping Ground]
Tatapouri Camping Ground, Be the first in the world to see the sunrise at the perfect beachfront holiday destination. All cabins come with amazing sea views. An attractive camping ground, absolute beachfront at the site of the former Tatapouri Hotel destroyed by fire in 1996. Self contained Cabins, Sleeping Cabins, Private Cottage, Power Sites, Non-Power Sites. 516 Whangara Road Phone: 06 868 3269.
[Tuahine Cottage]
Tuahine Cottage, Studio self-contained private relaxed accommodation, 2 minute walk to Wainui Beach, country setting. Wesley and Lorraine Franks, 8 Lloyd George Rd, Wainui, Gisborne. Ph 06 867 0634. Cell 027 453 9930. Email: wesleyfranks@clear.net.nz
[Tudor Park Motel]
Tudor Park Motel, Follow the Hospital signs to 386 Ormond Rd. Full kitchens, free wireless internet,swimming and spa pool, games room, laundry, opposite park playground. Pets Welcome. Hosts: Art & Kim 386 Ormond Road. Email:tudorpark@clear.net.nz. Phone: 0800 882001.
[Portside Hotel, Gisborne]
Portside Hotel, Gisborne, Superbly located on the water’s edge in Gisborne’s CBD. This hotel offers 64 stylishly appointed guestrooms(studios) and 1&2 bedroom suites. All have full kitchens & bathrooms. Suites boast separate bedroom(s) & spacious living area with balcony & a full laundry. Services include daily housekeeping, in-room breakfast, laundry, dry cleaning, reception, business services, broadband internet access, swimming pool and gym. Tariff $130 - $420. 2 Reads Quay, Gisborne Email: enquiries@portsidegisborne.co.nz. Phone: 06 869 1000. 0800 767 874.
[Whispering Sands Beach Front Motel]
Whispering Sands Beach Front Motel, Absolute Beachfront on Waikanae Beach with unsurpassed panoramic views of Poverty Bay and Young Nicks Head. Wireless internet, liqour on licence, complimentary gym membership. Our amenities ensure total relaxation and comfort. Your hosts: Peter & Judith. MANZ Member. 22 Salisbury Road, Gisborne Email:whisperingsandsmotel@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 867 1319. 0800 405 030.
[Motel Oasis (wasSponge Bay Motor Inn)]
Motel Oasis (wasSponge Bay Motor Inn), 15 units, studio and family, some with kitchens and spa baths. Situated in rural setting close to town and beach. 1 Sponge Bay Road, SH35 Email: spongebaymotorinn@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 867 9493. 0800 800 929.
[Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge]
Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge, 14 ground floor studio & family units. Spa baths, wireless internet, SKY digital, full kitchens, breakfast available. Hosts Roy & Sue Windmill. Fax 06 863 2465 784 Gladstone Rd Email:info@alfrescolodge.co.nz. Phone: 06 863 2464. 0800 222 550.
[White Heron Motor Lodge]
White Heron Motor Lodge, “The place to stay in Gisborne for business or pleasure” Within 500m of city centre, 24 luxurious ground floor units, most with king-size corner spa baths. Conference/display room. Mini bars, queen size beds. Guests enjoy complimentary gym membership & a free round of golf. 474 Gladstone Road Email: info@whml.co.nz. 0800 99 77 66.
[Eastern Star Hide-a-Way Cottage]
Eastern Star Hide-a-Way Cottage, Fully self-contained sunny 2br. Cottage. Enjoy the views overlooking our mandarin orchard to the rolling hills. Burmese/Boarding Cattery on site. Ph Paul & Pauline. Phone: 06 862 5456.
[Gisborne YHA Backpackers]
Gisborne YHA Backpackers, Cosy and comfortable, spacious grounds. 500m to Harbour, cafes. 32 Harris St Email: yha.gisborne@clear.net.nz. Phone: 06 867 3269.
[Showgrounds Park Motor Camp]
Showgrounds Park Motor Camp, 40 hectares of country in the city. Set amongst 100 year old trees. 5 minutes to the CBD. Handy to beaches and wineries. Adjacent to golf course and driving range. 50 powered sites, no size limits. 10 new cabins & communal facilities. On-site dump station free to campers. 20 Main Road, Makaraka Email: camp@gisborneshow.co.nz. Phone: 06 867 5299.
[TEAL Motor Lodge]
TEAL Motor Lodge, “Luxurious accommodation set in peaceful spacious grounds” within 500m of city centre. 20 ground floor units. Some with spa baths, most with full kitchen. High speed internet, liquor on-licence, queen size beds, complimentary gym membership, playground, large salt-water swimming pool. 479 Gladstone Road Email: motel@teal.co.nz. 0800 83-83-25.
[The Gisborne Motel]
The Gisborne Motel, 12 ground floor fully equiped units. Serviced daily. Laundry facillities. Sky TV. Close to all amenities. Pets OK. Hosts: Stephen and Glenda Priestley. Fax 06 867 7652. 509 Gladstone Road Email:gisbornemotel@paradise.net.nz. Phone: 06 868 8899.

Gisborne Activities, Cafe's, Restaurants, Bars

[Dive Tatapouri]
Dive Tatapouri, Reef Ecology Tour with wild stingrays. Shark Cage Diving. Snorkelling with Singrays. Qualified Dive Instructor, Gear Hire & Air Fills. Beachfront Facilities. Bookings Essential. All activities weather dependant. Email: divetatapouri@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06-868 5153.
[Golf Driving Range]
Golf Driving Range, The Big One Stop Golf Shop. All Weather! Open 7 days. Resident Professional Dave Keown. Main Road, Makaraka Phone: 06 867 8839.
[Stone Studio NZ]
Stone Studio NZ, Genuine New Zealand Greenstone carvings. View the carvers at work while you browse a wide selection of New Zealand Gifts. Open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm or by appointment. 237 Stanley Road (beach end), Gisborne Phone: 06 867 3900.
[Walk Gisborne]
Walk Gisborne, Unguided 3 day adventure. See the best of the Gisborne region. Spectacular farm & coastal scenery. Great Accommodation. Award wining wines. Phone: 06 867 6114.
[Wrights Vineyard & Winery]
Wrights Vineyard & Winery, Grassroots cellar door experience. Open December & February Thursdays to Sunday. Open January 7 days. 1.30pm to 4.30pm or by appointment. 232 Ormond Valley Road Phone: 06 862 5335.
[Gisborne Farmers Market]
Gisborne Farmers Market, Every Saturday Morning. 9.30am to 12.30pm. Army Hall Carpark, Fitzherbert Street (from Town Centre over Peel St Bridge)
[Gisborne Olympic Pool Centre]
Gisborne Olympic Pool Centre, Open daily from 6am to 8pm. 50m heated indoor pool. outdoor recreation pools, hot pools, toddlers pool, playground, BBQ areas, pool shop. Phone: 06 867 6220.
[Gisborne RSA]
Gisborne RSA, Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30am. Sunday from 12.00 midday Membership Card Draws and Raffles - Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Friday night is Entertainment Night - also Smorgasboard night! RSA Family Restaurant - Lunch & Dinner Wednesday to Saturday. Members, Guests and affiliated members WELCOME Cnr Childers Rd & Bright St Email:gisbornersa@xtra.co.nz. Phone: 06 8685017 Bar or 06 867 7047 Restaurant.
[Tairawhiti Museum & Art Gallery]
Tairawhiti Museum & Art Gallery, More than just a museum! Reputedly the best & most innovative regional museum & gallery in NZ. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Sunday 1.30pm to 4pm Tairawhiti Museum is situated on Kelvin Park, 10 Stout St - head north on Peel St, from Gladstone Rd, across the river, take a left into Stout St. Attached to the Museum is EXHIBIT CAFE, relax with a coffee & snack in restful surrounds overlooking the river and park. 10 Stout Street Phone: 06 867 3832.
[Gisborne Vintage Steam Train]
Gisborne Vintage Steam Train, Every Staurday 9am to 12 noon, most holiday weekends. Railyards, Grey Street, Gisborne.
[Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks]
Haurata High Country Retreat and Farm Walks, Experience Gisborne's most spectacular scenery and accommodation. Visit our website for more information. 658 Makaretu Road, Otoko Email: tombleson@clear.net.nz. Phone: 06 867 8452.
[Roseland Tavern]
Roseland Tavern, Great family meals & takeaways. Large range of beer, wine and spirits. New big projector screen. Bottle Store. Spacious Garden Bar. BBQ. 108 Main Road, Makaraka Email: manager@roseland.co.nz. Phone: 06 867 8315.
[East Coast Museum of Technology]
East Coast Museum of Technology, Encapsulating the history of the Gisborne area - an essential place to visit. Open daily 10am to 4pm. Main Road, Makaraka Phone: 06 868 8254.
[Eastwoodhill Arboretum]
Eastwoodhill Arboretum, Visit Eastwoodhill, The National Arboretum of New Zealand. One of Gisborne's most visited tourist attractions, Eastwoodhill offers spectacular scenery, walks, guided tours and budget accommodation. Pre-book for a guided tour. Open daily 9am to 5pm. Adults $10, Seniors $8, children free. 2392 Wharekopae Road Email: enquiries@eastwoodhill.org.nz. Phone: 06 863 9003.
[Gisborne I-Site Visitor Information Centre]
Gisborne I-Site Visitor Information Centre, Open 7 days. 18 hole mini golf course. Bookings taken for accommodation, travel & tourist activities. 209 Grey Street, Gisborne Email: info@gisbornenz.com. Phone: 06 8686139.

Map of the trip from Waihau Bay to Gisborne