5 Best Hotels in Gisborne
5 Best Hotels in Gisborne

5 Best Hotels in Gisborne

© Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection

The Best Gisborne Hotel Accommodation

If you’re looking for a hotel in Gisborne, we hate to say that you only have a couple of options. Nevertheless, with a renowned hotel brand in the city and another international-style hotel, those who prefer the luxury of a hotel experience will still find what they’re looking for. In this list of hotels in Gisborne, we also give alternative recommendations, such as a motel with hotel-like qualities and a couple of budget options with hotel-style rooms.

For more advice on planning your Gisborne getaway, check out The Complete Guide to Gisborne.

1. Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection

One of the big-name hotel chains you’ll find in Gisborne is from the Heritage Collection, the Portside Hotel. Boasting incredible river and ocean views, it’s a hotel you’ll never want to leave. Rooms range from studios to two-bedroom suites, making there a place to stay for most types of traveller. Each room has at least a kitchenette, so you’ll have the option to self-cater, while other hotel facilities include an outside lap pool and a fitness centre. See more accommodation like this in the 6 Best Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne.

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5 Best Hotels in Gisborne© Portside Hotel - Heritage Collection

2. Emerald Hotel

Your other option for a true hotel stay in Gisborne is the Emerald Hotel. Stay in well-appointed rooms with a range of layouts to suit most needs, from business travellers to families. Surrounding a central swimming pool courtyard, the 48 suites are set up for a short stay with amenities like a TV, free WiFi, an ensuite, hot drink-making facilities, etc. Alternatively, the fourth-floor apartments also feature a fully-equipped kitchen and two separate bedrooms, ideal for those staying longer. The hotel offers a buffet breakfast each morning, while the on-site bistro restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. See more accommodations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Gisborne.

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5 Best Hotels in Gisborne© Emerald Hotel

3. White Heron Motor Lodge

While we’ve exhausted our hotel stays in Gisborne already, travellers also have the option of Gisborne’s motels. One that offers rooms to the standards of a hotel is the White Heron Motor Lodge. Conveniently close to the city centre and with modern and tastefully-furnished studios, one- and two-bedroom units, you can’t go too wrong with the White Heron Motor Lodge. Most units having a king spa bath, as well as a kitchenette to prepare basic meals.

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5 Best Hotels in Gisborne© White Heron Motor Lodge

4. Tolaga Bay Inn

While not exactly in Gisborne, Tolaga Bay Inn is well worth looking into if you are looking for a hotel stay on your way in or out of the city on an East Cape road trip. Tolaga Bay Inn is an affordable option located less than an hour’s drive north of Gisborne, offering double rooms to quadruple rooms. It’s one of the last remaining historical hotels in the Gisborne region, but don’t worry, the rooms have had some upgrades. Facilities at the hotel are limited, but the downstairs restaurant is a good place to grab dinner and meet the locals. See more like this in the 7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne.

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5 Best Hotels in Gisborne© Tolaga Bay Inn

5. Surf City Lodge

Finally, a B&B in the city with the charm and facilities of one of New Zealand’s historic hostels, Surf City Lodge is an affordable option within walking distance of the city centre. The 1920s two-storeyed lodge has just four guest rooms, each with queen beds but two rooms can be adjoined for families. Rooms are decorated to the theme of surfing to reflect the favourite pastime of the locals. Continental and cooked breakfast are served each morning, while a dinner menu is available on request.

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5 Best Hotels in Gisborne© Surf City Lodge


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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