I spent 3 nights at Surf City Lodge this month. I chose to stay there based on Trip Advisor reviews and I was not disappointed!
Barry and Ros (and Iti the cat) are incredibly welcoming and friendly hosts, who did everything they possibly could to make my time in Gisborne memorable. Barry showed me around the area and lent me a bicycle so I could spend an afternoon out at the wineries.
The house is beautiful - its a 1920s house, furnished perfectly and with a very homely and welcoming feel. My room was the best one I had in seven weeks travelling in New Zealand, and I slept the best I had in months in a big, comfy bed.
Barry's cooking is just fabulous. I'm still craving smoked salmon omelettes for breakfast, and the huge seafood mornay I had for dinner one night!
Both the room and food were excellent value in terms of price, though the superb quality of both makes it outstanding value.
The Lodge is very well located too - only a short walk to Gisborne city centre and beaches in a nice residential area, though to be honest I spent most of my time just having a lovely relaxing time in the Lodge chatting to Barry, Ros and the other guests over a nice glass of wine.
When I'm next in New Zealand I will most definitely be making a trip over to Gisborne just so that I can stay at Surf City Lodge again. Hopefully that won't be too far in the future!
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