Staying at La Frontiere Gisborne
If you intend to visit Gisborne when in New Zealand then I highly recommend La Frontiere Gisborne, a luxurious modern self-contained studio, set on an avocado orchard and farmland, and is about 5 mins drive to Gisborne city center. This was one accommodation which we were very lucky to get at the last minute.
The accommodation was booked and secured via the Airbnb mobile app, our last resort as all hotels and motels in the area were booked up on the day of our visit, due to a Maori event. I’m not one for overstating the mark, but La Frontiere was indeed luxury accommodation…. read on!
Jennifer was the most wonderful host. On arrival at La Frontiere, we got a tour of the villa which was decorated superbly and had wonderful colors and quality furnishings making this villa complete with 5-star hotels when it comes to comfort and making you feel at home.
The villa has an excellently fitted and provisioned kitchen which is ideal for whipping up some dinner of your own. The bathroom is very nice with a power shower. The villa also comes with a private spa hot tub and swimming pool. There is fast and free Wi-Fi, radio and a wonderful smart TV also available.
The bed is very comfortable and it’s very easy to oversleep and miss your check-out time. La Frontiere is like a home away from home. I felt it was better than any hotel as you were in a private and relaxed environment.
Features of La Frontiere Gisborne
“Indulge in a truly relaxing stay at this luxurious sunny self-contained Villa. Set in picturesque gardens on the boundary of the city (4 mins drive to the city centre and beaches).
Enjoy your very own private spa during the cooler months and in the warmer months enjoy the pool next to your Villa.
If you are looking for a restful holiday this is the place to be, set on an Avocado orchard.”
No disabled access
Children not allowed
No smoking / No pets
iPod Docking station
Off Street Parking
Tea, coffee, sugar etc
Things to do in and around Gisborne
La Frontiere Gisborne is only 5 minutes from the center of Gisborne. The town of Gisbourne is also known as ‘Gizzy’ to some locals. Gisborne is pronounced Gis-born, not Gis-bun. The town itself is a very nice place to visit and lies on the east coast of the north island, north of Napier and 480km southeast of Auckland (around a 6-hour drive). Gisbourne claims to be the first city on earth to see the sun each morning. It has a very relaxed vibe and is ideal if you are looking for somewhere to enjoy some beach time.
Gisborne is well known for wineries and amazing beaches such as Makorori. I’m not much of a beach person but museums and historical/cultural attractions would be more my style. The Tairawhiti Museum has exhibits on indigenous and colonial history, with Wyllie Cottage, an early European house, and Maori artifacts.
While we were staying at La Frontiere in Gisborne we had many drives around the area. It is very picturesque and you could easily spend a few hours each day finding nice spots to walk.
Some of the things we did in Gisborne included;
This is a park in Gisborne and you can find it on your SatNav at “Titirangi Dr”. It is located just off Queens Drive.
It is a high on a hill overlooking Gisborne. It gives fantastic views of the area. Titirangi was once a pā or a Maori-fortified village. You can also reach Titirangi Reserve on the track from the Cook Monument. As you approach the lookout at the top, there is yet another Cook edifice, at Cook’s Plaza. Adjacent is a pohutukawa tree, with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition – this one was planted by Princess Diana in 1983. The statue at Cooks Plaza apparently bears no resemblance to Captain Cook. But the views here and on Queen’s Drive are spectacular.
Visiting the historic Gisborne Town Centre
Gisborne is a very vibrant town. It has unique buildings and there is a sense in certain areas of stepping back in time a little. I found it was a very authentic taste of the New Zealand lifestyle. The architecture in certain areas is spectacular and one of the highlights is Gisborne Clock Tower. The Art Deco-style Gisborne Clock Tower was erected in 1934 and was built after the severe earthquakes that hit the region in the early 1930s. At night, the clock tower is illuminated.
We had a wonderful time in Gisborne and stayed at La Frontiere and would certainly return. It was great to also make the acquaintance of the dogs and cats on site – it is such a relaxing place to stay. Thanks again to Jennifer for her wonderful hospitality. We look forward to returning if we are lucky enough to get back to New Zealand again.
Overall Review: 10/10 all round
La Frontiere Gisborne – Location & Information:
La Frontiere Gisborne, 1 Main Road, Makaraka, Gisborne, New Zealand
+64 6 8684931. +64 274412876
Information on Gisborne: https://tairawhitigisborne.co.nz