Great places to stay on the East Cape
Travelling the gorgeous and remote East Cape is even better when you have a warm comfortable bed with welcoming local hosts at the end of each day – we’ve put together three of our picks of East Cape rustic charm to make your trip that much more relaxing and enjoyable.
Hicks Bay Motel
This is a special place on the East Cape. About an hour from Ruatoria, Te Wharehahikia/Hick’s Bay is a seaside community in a spectacular setting – and Hicks Bay Motel is the place to stay. The motel overlooks the ocean, and you can stretch your legs on a walking track that leads from the motel down to the beach. Importantly, the motel’s restaurant and bar provides hearty meals and the staff are very welcoming.
Te Puia Springs Hotel
The chance to soak in a hot mineral pool at a historic country hotel? Don’t look past this tranquil place from another era on the Cape. Te Puia Springs Hotel has hotel, camping and backpacker options. Just 25 minutes out of Ruatoria, it’s a good place to stay if you’re planning to do the Te Urunga-Tu Sunrise experience. This establishment also has bush walks nearby and is a short drive to the local beach.
Nga Puriri Bed and Breakfast
Pauline is the welcoming host at this gorgeous BnB, also in Hick’s Bay, and her service has received rave reviews. Nga Puriri Bed and Breakfast is a small cottage next to the main house: clean and tidy, it has amazing views of the bay from its deck (with a path to the beach), and Pauline also provides guests with a delicious breakfast.
Te Puka Tavern
The new 4.5-star studio apartments at the Te Puka Tavern in Tokomaru Bay are worth checking out. They’re beachside with sweeping views of the gorgeous bay and polished wood floors. Each unit sleeps up to 5 people. There are also powered sites for campervans. The tavern itself is NZ old style, and offers classic pub meals served up in innovative styles, plus lots of cold beer.
Captain Cook Lodge
This friendly Gisborne motel is just three minutes’ walk to Waikanae Beach, amazing for a sunset stroll or a safe swim, and the accommodation is also not far from the city centre. Captain Cook Lodge rates are reasonable, rooms tidy and staff friendly – and it has its own restaurant.
The Blackhouse Luxury Lodge
This amazing establishment does have East Cape rustic charm – but also complete luxury. The Blackhouse Luxury Lodge is a private lodge near Gisborne, on a 1000 hectare working station with 360-degree views overlooking Wainui beach and rolling farmland. The place sleeps 10 and has an industrial kitchen for your purposes (sometimes guests bring in their own chef too). The fireplace and well-stocked bookshelves top it off for the ultimate relaxation.