East Cape hotels and hostels
Teal Motor Lodge
Captain Cook Motor Lodge
Champers Motor Lodge
Ocean Beach Motor Lodge
Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge
Eastland Motor Lodge
Bella Vista Gisborne
Portside Hotel, Gisborne
Flying Nun Backpackers
It was probably a little more prim and proper when it was a convent, but this grungy old place has plenty of character and tight security.
Tui Lodge is a capacious, modern guest house that sits on groomed three-acre gardens, irresistible to tui and many other birds. Delicious meals are available by arrangement, as are horse-trekking, fishing and diving trips.
Anaura Bay Motor Camp
Anaura Bay Motor Camp is all about the location – right on the beachfront by the little stream where James Cook once stocked up with water. There’s a decent kitchen, showers and toilets.
Tolaga Bay Holiday Park
Tolaga Bay Holiday Park is right next to the wharf. The stiff ocean breeze tousles Norfolk Island pines as open lawns bask in the sunshine. It's a pretty special spot.
Morere Tearooms & Camping Ground
Opposite Morere Hot Springs are the Morere Tearooms & Camping Ground where you can get a respectable toasted sandwich and avail yourself of campsites and basic cabins alongside the babbling Tunanui Stream.
Knapdale Eco Lodge
Indulge and relax at this tranquil idyll complete with lake, farm animals and home-grown produce.
Maraehako Camping Ground
Run by the same hapu (subtribe) as the retreat next door is Maraehako Bay Camping Ground. Little more is offered than clean toilets, showers and beachfront nirvana.
Morere Hot Springs Lodge
Morere Hot Springs Lodge is a a farmy enclave where the lambs gambol and the dog wags her tail at you nonstop. Sleeping options are a classic 1917 farmhouse with sweet sleep-out, or two adorable cabins.
There are plenty of beds at Oceanside Apartments, between two nicely kept apartments and a next-door bach. (Add $30 per extra bod beyond the double price.) Meals and picnic lunches are available by arrangement.
Pacific Harbour Motor Inn
Overlooking the harbour, this apartment-style inn offers well-kept units with no-frills decor and the bonus of good balconies.
The remote Maungaroa Station is a Raukumara Range lodge that requires a 45-minute drive up a scenic, gravel road (off Copenhagen Rd) and two river crossings to reach it.
Hicks Bay Motel Lodge
Brilliant views distract from the barrack ambience at the sprawling Hicks Bay Motel Lodge above Hicks Bay. The old-fashioned rooms are nothing flash, although the restaurant, shop, pool and glowworm grotto offer some compensation.
The bunks and private rooms are basic and you’ll still need to pay the garden admission on the first day (adult/child $15/free), but once you’re here, endless woody delights can fill your days and nights.
Footprints In The Sand
Just a block from the beach, Footprints in the Sand is a most amenable host that offers a squeaky-clean, comfortable dorm along with a cabin and pleasant camping. Ace alfresco dining area, kayak and bike hire. Look out for continuous improvements.
There’s a shabby charm to the 1930s faux-Tudor Tolaga Inn with basic but clean rooms. Downstairs is a pub and cafe (meals $9 to $30) with home-baking.
Cook’S Quarters B&B
A ship-shape faux-Tudor guest house decked out in a stylish maritime fashion. There are two pleasantly furnished en-suite rooms, comfortable lounge and pretty garden.
The modern Emerald is all about the swimming pool and patio area, which makes a reasonable fist of looking like a foxy international. Surrounding it are 48 luxury suites running along epic corridors connecting the various wings.
Senator Motor Inn
Next door to the Pacific Harbour, the Senator offers superior views from its private balconies – the perfect place for sipping your chardonnay. The upstairs rooms have more privacy.