For your exploration of the Eastland area you are best to base yourself in accommodation found in Gisborne. Central to all Gisborne attractions and activities accommodation can be found in a wide range of styles to suit your budget. Motels and Motor Lodges are the most prevalent type of accommodation, but there are also some quality hotels and cosy bed and breakfasts to choose from. Waterfront accommodation situated on the banks of the Turanganui River provides sweeping water views across the marina and out to Young Nicks Head in a central location.
Gisborne has some top class beaches and many of the motels have positioned themselves directly across the road from favourites like Waikanae and Wainui. The atmosphere is friendly with on site managers and the accommodation is comfortable and reasonably priced. Many of these beachside motels offer more of an apartment style of accommodation which includes self contained one and two bedroom units. This makes it perfect for families and larger groups to enjoy an extended stay on the coast without breaking the budget. Backpacker accommodation is available both in Gisborne and Wainui Beach. Facilities include bbq areas, Sky Tv, games rooms, comfortable lounge areas and a free bus service. The beaches are easily accessible from the town centre if you prefer to stay in Gisborne City for the convenience of extra shopping and dining out options.
There is a good youth hostel in the City which is part of a chain that covers accommodation in all the main centres of New Zealand and then some. Gisborne tours are easy to include in your itinerary with operators providing a pick up and drop off service from most accommodation venues. Holiday parks provide powered and unpowered sites if you are travelling New Zealand in a motor home and are situated in convenient locations throughout Gisborne. Nearly all feature a beach or bushland setting and facilities designed to make your holiday in Gisborne as comfortable as possible.
Bed and Breakfasts and Homestays are an excellent form of accommodation to find out all there is to know about the area. Dine with the hosts and get the inside story of where to go and what to see. Farmstays give you the chance to experience life on the farm and interact with the animals all in a pleasant rural setting. Holiday homes are available throughout Gisborne for extended stays and larger families. Country pubs offer a convenient style of Gisborne accommodation for those looking to stay for a short time.