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Reviewed 14 December 2018

Surf City Lodge is really a special place, largely due to the incredibly welcoming owners, Barry and Ros. They made everything about our stay perfect. The house is gorgeous and the rooms are comfortable and welcoming. Barry is a fabulous cook who goes all out to make his guests welcome; his breakfast is legendary. He greeted us with cold beers when we arrived, told us all about the area, he and Ros joined us for dinner at a local favorite restaurant, and Barry even got up 5am to drive us to see the sunrise at the first place it occurs each day in the world. Kiwi hospitality at its best. I was disappointed we weren't staying for longer. I will definitely return to Surf City Lodge.

Date of stay: December 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Bazza026, Owner at Surf City Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Kathy - Thank you for your review. We had a wonderful time with you Liz Tony and Julie and agree that it was too short a visit. We hope to see you again soon. All the best for Christmas and the New Year

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Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

A Galaxy of Stars rating for this delightful b & b and its even more wonderful warm and gracious hosts Barry & Ros. Between pick up & drop offs, tips for things to see & do, Barry was a magician in the kitchen. Scrumptious breakfast perfect for a vegetarian & lasted all day! Was also invited for a delicious dinner one night. That potato salad. Such manaakitanga! The house is charming full of heritage, large comfortable bedrooms, had a soak in the bath, beautiful grounds & a short walk to the marina, the town centre, & unbelievable beach. I highly recommend this home away from home!

Date of stay: November 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Reviewed 8 June 2018

I've stayed at Surf City Lodge every time of been to Gisborne over the last six years. Barry & Roz are great hosts and Barry the chef primo. My stay this week again was the highlight of my working trip away. No hesitation at all in recommending Surf City Lodge as the place to stay in Gizzy!

Date of stay: June 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled on business
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1  Thank notsayin
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

The villa is beautiful and warm. Barry and Rose are very welcoming hosts and gave me a lot of advices. Of course the breakfast is big and fantastic~Also, they gave me heater and blanket to keep me warm during very cold winter! Thanks guys. Would really recommend this b&b.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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1  Thank Jess5211
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

Barry and Ros are fantastic hosts who made us feel very welcome. It was our wedding anniversary and they made us feel very special.
This was my first time at a B&B. I'm somewhat introverted and had always been put off by the idea of having to make small talk over breakfast (before coffee, even!). Barry and Ros are perfectly suited to being B&B hosts: they were, for us, the right combination of friendly and non-intrusive, with a relaxed and open manner. If all B&B operators are like them, then I'm a convert for B&B's.
As other reviewers have noted, the breakfasts are amazing. I'm sad to say that on the second day we weren't able to finish as we'd had a large dinner the night before, but Barry (the chef) didn't seem offended; breakfasts are quite large, and I think he is used to it.

Date of stay: May 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JohnH13342
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