7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne
7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne

7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne

© Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Cheap Accommodation in Gisborne

Gisborne has the free walks, historical sites, natural attractions and foodie experiences to make the ultimate getaway for budget travellers. However, budget accommodations are limited in Gisborne, with motels charging a little more than what you’ll find in the rest of the country, while backpacker hostels and holiday parks are few and far in between. Nevertheless, we’ll paint you a picture of what cheap stays are available with this list of the best budget accommodation in Gisborne.

For more advice on planning your trip, check out The Guide to Gisborne on a Budget. Plus, plan for some affordable activities with the 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Gisborne.

1. Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Some of the cheapest ensuite double and twin rooms in the city, as well as affordable self-contained units, Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is well worth considering for good value. What’s more, the complex has a covered heated swimming pool with a mini waterslide and jets for the kids, a petanque course and a whole bunch of watersports hire equipment to make the most of Gisborne’s main beach. If you’re camping, there are tent and powered sites too.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Waikanae Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

2. YHA Gisborne

One of only two backpacker hostels in the city, YHA Gisborne is a no-brainer for budget travellers. Set in a characterful house among attractive gardens, YHA Gisborne is a memorable place to stay. You have dorm rooms, single, twin and private rooms to choose from, as well as a quadruple room with an ensuite. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are shared, while surfboard and wetsuit hire is available for the beach which is a 10-minute walk away. Learn more about backpacking in Gisborne in the Gisborne – Guide for Backpackers.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© NZPocketGuide.com

3. Village Boutique Apartments

For those seeking a private space in Gisborne at an affordable price, check out the Village Boutique Apartments. Tucked behind residential homes in Gisborne, yet just a short walk from cafes and convenient stores, the Village Boutique Apartments consists of two studio apartments and a family apartment with full kitchens (usually stocked with extras to complete your breakfast) and are spacious enough for a true home-away-from-home experience.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Pixabay

4. Motel Oasis

Backed by lush green hills right in between Gisborne city and Wainui Beach, Motel Oasis offers a tranquil escape for solo travellers to families. Stay in one of the single or queen studios or treat your group to a larger family suite with interconnecting rooms. Each of the beach-inspired decorated suites looks out onto the motel’s solar-heated swimming pool. What’s more, prices range from NZ$125 to around NZ$190 making it one of the cheapest motels in Gisborne. See more like this in the 10 Best Motels in Gisborne.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Motel Oasis

5. Tatapouri Bay

Tatapouri Bay brings holiday park camping to the 21st Century with luxurious glamping tents and “Zen Cabins”. But if you’re on a budget, you might just want to settle for a log cabin-for-two, with a cosy queen bed and breakfast-making facilities squeezed into it. Campsites and powered sites are also available, with communal bathrooms, kitchen and laundry nearby. Guest also have access to a Finnish sauna, spa pool and a container cafe open Thursdays to Sundays in summer.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Tatapouri Bay

6. Tolaga Bay Inn

While not exactly in Gisborne, Tolaga Bay Inn is an affordable option if doing an East Cape road trip. Located less than an hour’s drive north of Gisborne, Tolaga Bay Inn offers ultra-affordable 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.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Tolaga Bay Inn

7. Haurata Backpackers

Finally, escape to the Gisborne countryside at the Haurata Backpackers. Part of the Haurata High Country Retreat, the Haurata Backpackers is a renovated old shearers quarters with shabby chic decor. The affordable cottage sleeps up to six people, with a fireplace, dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen. A stay here is all about experiencing New Zealand farm life with a working sheep farm on-site, while horse riding and amazing hikes being some of the things to do.

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7 Best Budget Accommodation in Gisborne© Haurata Backpackers


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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