Your New Zealand Eastland experience starts in Tolaga Bay where you will be hosted, coastie style, in a quintessential Kiwi bach, comfortable, spacious and well equipped. Safe swimming and good fishing at the beautiful beach at the end of the street, great hosts.
Be transported to another time and place where the horses are still ridden road-side, where a friendly nod of the head will return a wave of the hand and a knowing smile. Stay in a truly authentic, scuffed and weathered 4 bedroom Kiwi bach, 4mn walk to the beautiful beach and river, shops, pub and cafes. Iconic building in Tolaga Bay, comfortably furnished, fully equipped, separate laundry building, good clean bedding, friendly hosts. Fully self contained affordable cabin to rent on its own for a cosy nest. Large private garden with lots of fruit trees, deck, bbq and great outdoors. Extra breakfast and table d'hôte with delicious home cooking with fresh local and garden products available by arrangement. Transport organised from/to Gisborne bus terminal & airport if required. Good fishing, surfing, hunting, historical tours, golf course and bush walking all within easy access. Local charter boats can take you fishing for tuna, groper, snapper, terakihi, bluenose and kingfish. You can even swim with the dolphins on a lucky day. This is Kiwi living, a wholly refreshing and relaxing experience like in the 'good old days".
1 King size bedroom
1 Queen size bedroom
1 Bunk room (single over double)
Plus portacot, trundle bed and sofa bed
Lounge, TV & Freeview, good heating
Spacious kitchen and dining
Deck, BBQ, Garden, Orchard
Fishing rods available on request
King singles or King Size bed
TV & Freeview
Whole House and/or Cabin Rates
From NZD$80 for 2 people in the cabin or NZD$100 for 2 people in the bach winter/low season plus $25 per extra person per night. No minimum stay. Linen provided if requested for a laundry fee. Deposit required to secure the booking. Should you need to cancel within 30 days of arrival and we are unable to secure a replacement booking your deposit will not be refunded. The full cost of your stay will be charged for cancellations made within one week of your arrival.
Bed & Breakfast from NZD $50pp
In a completely separate location, quiet and freshly presented Bed and Breakfast in a spacious private room opening onto a secluded deck with outdoor sitting area. Free Wifi, comfortable bed with quality linen, own ensuite bathroom and continental
breakfast served daily. The room has a small fridge, tea & coffee and a microwave to cater for basic requirements but no food preparation facility. Easy stroll to the beach,
river, shops, pub, cafes, golf club. Off street parking for car or camper.
With accessible magnificent swimming beaches, Tolaga Bay is an area rich in history and natural resources.You can kayak around the islands, fish or swim safely from the main town beach or at the foot of the wharf, grab a crayfish on a line, collect mussels or walk down the wharf which makes an excellent half hour stroll – bring your camera. Try your hand at feeding wild stingrays at Tatapouri (under the supervision of a guide). Launch your boat from the ramp behind the house or hire a local charter boat, spot the dolphins, the seals and the odd shy penguin. Collect crays, mussels and pauas off the rocks. For the keen surfer Tolaga Bay is a beach break on a sandy beach with a short fast wave, that often closes out. It's a hollow or wally wave giving good rides. When it's big you can jump off the wharf at the south end of the bay to get out the back. This is one of the few bays that can be sheltered in a southerly wind.
Stretch your legs and head out of a number of Tolaga Bay walks. There's the Ernest Reeve Walkway, Tatarahake, 20 minutes return walk up steep track leading to a fabulous views over the bay and farmland or head to the Tolaga Bay Wharf for a stroll and a spot of fishing. Explore the sheltered, beautiful sandy bay at Cooks Cove, perfect for swimming and relaxing. You'll cross farmland, light bush and across grassy open flats, keeping mainly to a track just below the cliff tops overlooking Tolaga Bay, one of the places of earlier contact between Maori and Pakeha in New Zealand.
Gaze at the milky way, wake up early so you can be the first to see the dawn, or stay indoors wrap yourself in a book from the bach selection, listen to the ocean crashing waves or the absence of man-made noise, watch the world go by and appreciate a very relaxing holiday at its best.