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Surf City Lodge

139 Rutene Road, Gisborne 4010 New Zealand
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tessabell05 wrote a review Mar 2016
Traralgon, Australia1 contribution1 helpful vote
I'm actually blown away by the hospitality found at Surf City Lodge and I only stayed the night! The room I stayed in had everything I could possibly have needed with extra little touches and the magnificent breakfast cooked by Chef Barry was over and beyond (those croissants.......!!). There is a reason why this B & B is so highly rated, thank you for such a lovely stay.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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Response from Bazza026, Owner at Surf City Lodge
Responded 31 Mar 2016
Thanks for the kind words - We look forward to your return - Barry and Ros Thomas
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Eleanor B wrote a review Jan 2016
45 contributions9 helpful votes
We stayed with Barry for 3 nights in Gisborne. We've stayed in a variety of places across the globe and I can honestly say Barry was the most generous and welcoming host we've ever had. We had done a long car journey around the beautiful East Cape, but when we arrived Barry was ready with some cool beers and had our room all ready. The room had lots of homely touches and was very comfortable. Barry is an enthusiastic and talented chef. We we're lucky enough to be visiting during his birthday and he kindly invited us to a birthday BBQ, where we got to celebrate with his wonderful family. The food was exceptional - better than most restaurants! Barry also goes above and beyond for brekkie - we had full free ups, pancakes and even homemade croissants. We had a great stay in Gisborne and wished we could have stayed longer. Thanks to Barry and Roz for such a lovely time. We would recommend this B&B to anyone.
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Date of stay: January 2016
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343Susan_S343 wrote a review Jun 2013
Wellington, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
Barry and Ros are wonderful hosts - friendly, relaxed and helpful. Barry's fabulous fish dishes have passed into legend, but what is less well known is that he's a dab hand at creating interesting and beautifully presented meals for vegetarians like me. I've had the pleasure of sampling Malaysian-style curry, kale with walnuts, and a powerhouse breakfast drink made from a stunning combination of fruits and vegetables. The superb breakfasts and evening meals that Barry prepared were a highlight of my stay at Surf City Lodge.
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Date of stay: June 2013
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Response from Bazza026, Owner at Surf City Lodge
Responded 24 Jun 2013
Susan - Thank you for your review. Its always a pleasure to have you stay and helps keep my vegetarian cooking skills up-to-date.
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Ranui T wrote a review Jun 2012
Wellington, New Zealand62 contributions18 helpful votes
I visited Gisborne at a time there was a lot of pressure on accommodation, and I'm so glad to have found this place and not a hotel or motel! Barry and Ros were like an aunty and uncle, making sure I was looked after in every way. A gorgeous cooked breakfast was slightly different each day. A lovely room in a lovely house - character plus!
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Date of stay: June 2012
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CanuckRugbyNomad wrote a review Mar 2012
1 contribution1 helpful vote
My wife and I stayed here for 2 nights during the RWC in late September 2011.

We had just finished walking the Lake Waikaremoana trail, and I can't think of a better place we could have rested up. Barry and Ros, knowing we were coming from the trail, had hot food and drinks waiting for us. They instantly made us feel right at home, and were able to give us plenty of tips on stuff to do for our short stay in Gisborne.

A big highlight... Barry's cooking was amazing. We spend 2 months driving around NZ, and the meals we had here honestly beat any restaurant or hotel that we stayed at.

Also got the chance to watch the All Blacks beat the pants off of France with Barry on there giant TV!

If we're ever back in NZ, this is the first place we're going.
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Date of stay: September 2011
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Megan C wrote a review Mar 2012
Santa Barbara, California, United States3 contributions1 helpful vote
My recent fiance and I spent two relaxing nights at the Surf City Lodge. Even though we arrived on short notice with no advance reservation, Barry and Ros were the most gracious hosts. We enjoyed delicious, filling breakfasts, personal guided tours of the best surf spots, and a bountiful seafood dinner prepared by Barry. The owners are some of the most fascinating people we've ever met and we hope to call on them as lifelong NZ friends. Thank you for such a memorable stay.
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Date of stay: March 2012
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mcalistv wrote a review Oct 2011
Durham, North Carolina6 contributions1 helpful vote
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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Date of stay: October 2011
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Melanee W wrote a review Oct 2011
Wellington, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
Barry and Ros were fabulous hosts. Amazing home, amazing food, amazing location. With a quick walk into town to see the sights and shops, returning to their B&B was like returning to a small slice of paradise in the heart of Gisborne. Barry your food both breakfast and dinner was more than we expected! I would definitely stay there again and wouldn't hesitate recommending this B&B to anyone.
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Date of stay: October 2011
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Liam J wrote a review Dec 2019
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This was something special! We needed room for a family of six and the three rooms we booked were lovely. What we hadn't expected was the exceptional service that came with it. The Christmas breakfast was out of this world and very very special. Barry and Roz even gave us a packed hangi lunch to help is on our journey home. Truly wonderful people. We are coming back!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from Bazza026, Owner at Surf City Lodge
Responded 26 Dec 2019
Thanks for the review mate it was a pleasure to host you and your family and we certainly will look forward to your return.
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Bill D wrote a review Apr 2019
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions7 helpful votes
It was an absolute pleasure to stay with Barry and Ros' at Surf City Lodge. Barry certainly is the Reigning Champion of breakfasts. The lodge is run as a lifestyle choice other than a money making machine, and I found this rather refreshing. Barry is a wealth of knowledge of all things Gisborne, haha, and most other subjects too. It was sad to leave... But will be back :) I recommend Surf City Lodge as your place to stay in Gisborne.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Response from Bazza026, Owner at Surf City Lodge
Responded 5 May 2019
Bill we look forward to yours and Jennifers return and as promised will cook dinner this time for you. We enjoyed your stay and company all the best.
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Bill D wrote a tip Apr 2019
Wellington, New Zealand15 contributions7 helpful votes
"Book early."
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FRANCIS D wrote a tip May 2018
Houston, Texas31 contributions17 helpful votes
"Beware the en-suite is a caravan in the garden with a very poor electrical supply"
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MissMichelley wrote a tip Nov 2017
Dunedin, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
"the ensuite room out the back was perfect for one person with funny hours so no one else would be disturbed"
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LisaEIzzy wrote a tip Oct 2017
Auckland, New Zealand12 contributions4 helpful votes
"Great location to town"
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Todd P wrote a tip Dec 2016
1 contribution1 helpful vote
"Stay for breakfast, it is so worth it!"
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