5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne
5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne

5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne

© Tatapouri Bay

Accommodation in Gisborne for Couples

Go east and discover the sandy shores, vibrant sunrises and delectable cuisine of Gisborne. A romantic trip to the relaxing sun-soaked city is not complete until you’ve found the right place to stay to set the right tone. Discover some of our top picks, from glamping to boutique B&Bs, with this list of the best romantic accommodation in Gisborne.

For more advice, check out The Honeymoon Guide to Gisborne.

1. Tatapouri Bay

A unique stay on the coast just outside of Gisborne, Tatapouri Bay offers glamping, cosy cabins and “Zen Cabins” for couples. In between relaxing together in the Finnish sauna, lapping up the views from the spa pool, and indulging in your morning coffee at the container cafe, retreat to your romantic glamping tent kitted out with a plush queen bed and even USB outlets to charge your devices. Alternatively, the Zen Cabins have all you need for a fully private stay with a kitchen and bathroom. Alternatively, the cosy log cabins still set the right tone but are more affordable with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. See more like this in the 7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne© Tatapouri Bay

2. Cedar House

Enjoy the tranquillity of a boutique B&B at the Cedar House. Set in the quiet residential suburbs of the city, the B&B is a historic character home with just four guest rooms all decorated with elegance to enhance the historic charm without sacrificing modern living. Be treated to a continental breakfast in the dining room each morning, while hot drinks and complimentary refreshments are always available. Booking yourselves in for an in-room couples’ massage or do a few laps in the outside swimming pool to cool off in summer. See more accommodation like this in the 6 Best Luxury Accommodation in Gisborne.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne© Cedar House

3. Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel

A well-located and well-maintained motel just moments away from Gisborne’s main beach, Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel offers a romantic yet convenient stay for couples. It’s one of the very few accommodations in Gisborne where you can enjoy an absolute beachfront location and watch the sunrise across the Pacific Ocean from your glass sliding doors. There are older to more recently renovated apartments available with private kitchens, bathrooms and spacious living area.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne© Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel

4. Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection

For the discerning couple, you can’t go wrong with this boutique hotel by the Heritage Collection. The Portside Hotel offers romantic river and ocean views from their luxurious suites. The well-appointed studio suites are the best option for couples with each room boasting conveniences like a kitchenette. When you’re not basking in the ocean views from your suite’s windows or balcony, make use of the on-site lap pool and keep in shape at the fitness centre. See how this hotel compares with others in the 5 Best Hotels in Gisborne.

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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne© Portside Hotel – Heritage Collection

5. Senator Motor Inn

More romantic views can be enjoyed from the Senator Motor Inn, overlooking the Turanganui River and the Esplanade Marina. A top choice for the mature couple, each of the motel units have their own private balcony and features a mix of contemporary and classic decor. 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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5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Gisborne© Senator Motor Inn


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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