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Wairoa/Mahia Penninsula/Gisborne B&B

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Wairoa/Mahia Penninsula/Gisborne B&B

We're looking for a B&B in this area in late January. We're from the U.S., and like to stay in B&B homes. Our budget is $NZ130 per night. Any recommendations? Thanks.

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Wonderful! At long last somebody that is moving off the beaten tourist track! Mahia is absolutely stunning(and January a great time to see it), I hope you'll be there for a least a couple of nights(believe me you won't want to leave)

Now for your problems.....I wouldn't stay in Wairoa unless you absolutely have to, it's more of a service town for Nth Hawkes Bay and you'll miss out on the beautiful coastal scenery. Gisborne is too far on or not far enough depending on the direction you're coming. And Mahia? Well you're going to be very limited in your selection (even more so because of the time of the year- school holidays, height of summer)as it's a beach settlement with a majority of holiday baches surrounded by farming communities so I would book as soon as you find something you fancy. You'll perhaps find 1/2 a dozen places if you're lucky. Anything in or around Mahia Beach, Opoutama, Mahanga would be great. There is a holiday park at Mahia Beach that has motel units but because of the time of the year you'll probably find they will be already booked up. here's a couple of sites.

http://www.nzcamping.co.nz/camp.php?id=959

www.reomoana.co.nz/accommodationopt.html

And if you're really lucky you may get to swim with Moko, the resident dolphin.

You must also visit Morere Hot Pools, just north of Mahia. Set in beautiful native bush with varying degrees of natural hot water straight out of a spring.

Let me know if you need any further advice, Mahia has a very special place in my heart- I spent 6 weeks every summer of my childhood there.

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If you look at www.bnb.co.nz and www.bluecastle.co.nz you will see B & Bs in Gisborne & Mahia. You could also Google holiday homes in Mahia and in Gisborne and also baches (a North Island holiday home, South Island holiday homes are known as cribs.) I noticed a B & B in Gisborne advertised at a price within your budget and on the beach at Wainui (just North of Gisborne).Make sure you book as soon as possible as many of these homes, if not already booked, soon will be.

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Thanks so much. Reomoana looks perfect, but I've not been able to reach them by email. Perhaps I should give up on the Mahai Peninsula and just try Gisborne. We do want a B&B, instead of a motel. And - we're also thinking of driving SH35 from Gisborne to Opotiki. We're two seniors, driving this route for the first time. How long does it take, and is that route recommended?

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Opotiki to Gisborne is approx 2hrs, Gisborne to Mahia 1hr, Mahia to Napier approx 2.5hrs. These are just approximate times from memory, it's been awhile since I've travelled it. Check Google maps for route and timing, I would normally do it but am out of town on dial-up(very slow and painful!)The road is fine for travelling, just make sure you don't rush it, there's lots of places to stop along the way. Mahia would be great if you can stop there!!

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If your budget could stretch a little further ( perhaps stay somewhere a little cheaper elsewhere) you could try mahianz.com. It looks like a great beach spot from their website. There is also 'The Quarters' at Mahia but the price is very much over your budget.You could always see if having a continental or a self catering breakfast would lower the price.Many B & Bs are charging more than $130 night. This often just covers costs these days.

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Gisborne is a lovely spot to stay with wineries, beautiful coastal scenery and a number of places to visit. However, I agree that Mahia is stunning although more remote - I would also not recommend Wairoa as Gisborne or Mahia are MUCH better options. You shouldn't find it as hard to get accommodation in late January as that is just past the main peak of the holiday season. It will be busy though so the sooner you get bookings, the better.

Zappers has given the drive time from Opotiki to Gisborne via SH 2 through the Waioeka Gorge rather than SH 35 which is the coastal route around the East Cape. SH 35 is a stunning drive - if you have ever driven the Big Sur coast in California you will find some similarities. It is much longer, but a much more scenic route, than SH 2 to Gisborne. The coastal route is about 5+ hours without stops which is why many people break the journey with an overnight stay.

I'm not sure where you are travelling from but if from an Opotiki an alternative stay could be to go an hour further to Te Kaha or Waikawa instead. This would make it a shorter drive to Gisborne the next day.

Some b&b options in this area:

http://www.tuilodge.co.nz/index.html

http://www.waikawa.net/

If you were wanting to break the trip around "the Cape" midway Waihau Bay or Hick's Bay would be the closer 1/2 way points. B&B accommodation (or any accommodation) is pretty thin on the ground in this area but a couple of B&B options I have come across are:

waihaubayhomestay.co.nz/public/default.php…

http://www.gisborne.co.nz/eastcape/

I hope you have a wonderful trip and I'm so glad to see that you are getting off the main tourist route and seeing some of the places that many visitors miss.

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Thank you for all your good advice. We have booked Seashore at Mahai Beach, and hope to drive SH35 north on East Cape to Waihau Bay Homestead. What do you estimate the drive time? We like to go to very remote areas and see the real New Zeland, staying away from big cities and touristy spots. We are two seniors from the United States, and have seen many spectacular areas on our four trips to the South Island, and this is our first trip to the North Island. After Waihau Bay, we'll head toward Coromandel. Any suggestions on a good Bed and Breakfast, or any other ideas for us? I can't thank all of you who have helped us enough. You're just great.

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The drive from Mahia Peninsula to Waihau Bay will take about 4 - 5 hours plus stops. Once you get past Gisborne it will be much more isolated (not many options for eating so you may want to pack a picnic lunch). There are a number of nice places to make stops at along the way (e.g. Tologa Bay wharf, largest pohutukawa tree at Te Araroa) and some short side trips. This website has more information about the drive:

http://www.gisbornenz.com/default.asp?id=54

I'm not sure whether you are intending on driving directly from Waihau Bay to Coromandel Peninsula - it is quite a long drive with quite a bit of it on windy roads. From Waihau Bay it will take you 1 1/2 - 2 hours to drive to Opotiki and the same sort of time again between Opotiki and Tauranga. Depending on where you are intending on staying on the Coromandel Peninsula, you will have aat least another 2 hours drive to get them from Tauranga.

I think you will get a better chance of replies about B&B accommodation on the peninsula if you do a new post with that question. Sorry, I'm not much help as we have only ever camped there. What I would recommend though is that you stay somewhere in or near Whitianga as you will be central to many of the beautiful places to visit.

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I would overnight in Mt Maunganui on your way to the Coromandel. You don't want to rush the trip down from Waihau Bay right around and up to the Whitianga area. It's a beautiful coast line with lots of isolated spots and small beach settlements that are worth stopping for a look.

While the Mount is a bit more cosmopolitan that you will have been used to the previous few days it's a lovely spot with a nice restaurant and cafe scene and some great boutique shops, nice walks and great beaches. You might also like to do a dolphin watch from there if that interests you.

bayofplentynz.com/Mount_Maunganui/…2191_.html

Depending how long you intend to be on the Coromandel for, there are some great beaches and B&Bs all around the peninsula, some more isolated than others. I can't recommend any as we have our own accommodation in the form of a boat! :) Although this one at Hahei has always grabbed my attention-

http://www.haheioceanfront.co.nz/

Here's some more sites for you to check-

http://www.coromandelbeaches.co.nz/ (Opito Bay is a favourite of mine)

http://www.hahei-newzealand.co.nz/

http://www.thecoromandel.com/

This one is on the base of the peninsula and is worth a slight detour if it's a nice day and you enjoy an interesting walk. There are glow worms in the old rail tunnel that you pass through.

tour.thepeninsula.co.nz/karangahake.htm

http://www.kiwidundee.co.nz/

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