10 Best Accommodation in Gisborne for Foodies
10 Best Accommodation in Gisborne for Foodies

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Gisborne 🍽️ [2023]

© White Heron Motor Lodge

The Best Accommodation with Kitchens and Cooking Facilities in Gisborne

Food is a major consideration when picking a place to stay in Gisborne. While some of us might want to roll out of bed for locally-roasted coffee at a nearby cafe, others might prefer to pick up produce from the farmers’ market and spruce up their own creations in self-catering accommodation. Find out the best places where you can do either/or in this list of the best self-catering accommodations in Gisborne.

For more tips on planning “Gizzy” getaway, check out The Complete Travel Guide to Gisborne and get inspiration on what to do from the 20 Best Things to Do in Gisborne.

1. Tudor Park Motel

Not only do you get funky Tudor-inspired architecture and timber-lined chalet-style interiors, but you also get full self-catering accommodation including the elusive oven! The Tudor Park Motel offers a variety of unit layouts with free WiFi and parking right outside the door. Keep entertained with Smart TVs with Netflix and enjoy the extensive gardens surrounding the motel. See more stays like this with excellent facilities for families in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Gisborne.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Tudor Park Motel

2. Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection

Get the boutique hotel experience with the convenience of full self-catering facilities at the Portside Hotel by the Heritage Collection. Suites range from studios to two-bedroom suites, each boasting at least a kitchenette while others have full kitchen facilities including an oven. When you’re not basking in the ocean views from your suite’s windows or balcony, work off your meals at the on-site lap pool and keep in shape at the fitness centre. For more hotel-style stays, take a look at the 10 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Gisborne.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Portside Hotel - Heritage Collection

3. Ocean Beach Motor Lodge

Ocean Beach Motor Lodge is located between Gisborne city and Wainui Beach, making it easy to get into town when you need yet allowing you to enjoy the beauty of what is many’s favourite beach in Gisborne. What’s more, the motel reinforces the holiday vibe with tropical plants and palms decorating the courtyard, central to the apartment-style units. Each unit features a full kitchen, free WiFi, Sky TV and more. The barbecue area is a good place to relax in summer.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Gisborne 🍽️ [2023]© Ocean Beach Motor Lodge

4. Senator Motor Inn

Conveniently located by some of the city’s top cafes, restaurants and wine bars, as well as having self-catering facilities, the Senator Motor Inn is a good choice for foodies. The motel overlooks the Turanganui River and the Esplanade Marina, which you can enjoy from your private balcony. Units are super spacious, as are the ensuite bathrooms with easy-access showers. Either make your own meals in your private kitchen or walk to the nearby cafes for breakfast or the Gisborne Wine Centre just over the river for lunch and dinner.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Senator Motor Inn

5. ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge

Another great go-to for self-catering accommodation in Gisborne, the ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge. The small motel offers 14 ground-floor units with self-catering facilities, such as a stove, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge and all the essential cooking utensils. There are a variety of studios available, from budget to spa studios, while the one- and two-bedroom units are ideal for groups and families.

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10 Best Accommodation in Gisborne for Foodies© ASURE Alfresco Motor Lodge

6. Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

For affordable self-catering, check out the Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. Not only do they do camping sites and cabins with shared kitchens for guests, but they also have multiple grades of self-catering facilities across their motel units to their modern apartments. What’s more, the complex has a covered heated swimming pool, a petanque course and a whole bunch of watersports hire equipment to make the most of Gisborne’s main beach. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Gisborne.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

7. Tatapouri Bay

A holiday park with a difference, Tatapouri Bay not only offers self-catering accommodation but has an on-site cafe set in a unique container building! Sip on locally-roasted coffee in between staying in either the log cabins, glamping tents, self-contained “Zen Cabins” or park up your tent/campervan. Other facilities on the beachfront premises include a Finnish sauna, spa pool and a communal kitchen and bathrooms. Check out more like this in our 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Gisborne.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Tatapouri Bay

8. White Heron Motor Lodge

A super popular option close to the city centre and its eateries is the White Heron Motor Lodge. Boasting contemporary decor and furnishings and with most units having a king spa bath, it’s a place you can really pamper yourself. Each unit has a kitchenette to prepare basic meals, while the high-speed WiFi and TVs are there for any added entertainment you may need. Check out more like this in the 10 Best Motels in Gisborne.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© White Heron Motor Lodge

9. Marina View Apartments

Set yourself up for a true home-away-from-home experience at the Marina View Apartments. At this apartment complex on the banks of the Turanganui River, enjoy the views over the marina and out to Young Nicks Head from your one-, two- or three-bedroom apartment with a balcony. All apartments are well-appointed with leather furniture, an ensuite with a shower and a bath, a home theatre system and a contemporary open-plan kitchen. On the grounds are also a swimming pool, fitness centre and underground parking.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Gisborne 🍽️ [2023]© Marina View Apartments

10. Haurata High Country Retreat

Escape the hustle and bustle and retreat to the countryside at the Haurata High Country Retreat. Stay in either the well-appointed Farm House or the shabby chic Backpackers, each with spacious kitchens for a fully self-contained stay – just make sure you bring supplies as you’re a long way from the shops! Alternatively, guests can dine on quality farm cuisine, 80% of which comes from the farm you’re staying on.

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Self-Catering Accommodations Gisborne© Haurata High Country Retreat

More Self-Catering Accommodations in Gisborne

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Gisborne. For more places to stay, as well as things to do, check out these recommendations:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Gisborne.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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