A perfect location atop a hill in Okitu, 11 min from central Gisborne. Magnificent views of Wainui beach out the front and of beautiful hilly farmland out the back. House is amazing, something like a hunting lodge meets warehouse. Bifold doors and windows all round mean you can capture a breeze to cool the house down no matter which direction it's blowing from. The house is an absolute delight to just hang out after a surf or swim, but the views at dawn and dusk and of the night sky are exceptional. Quite possibly the best kitchen view to cook from and you are spoilt for choice with picturesque dining spots.
Owners Charm and Digby were the perfect hosts, including providing us with the most amazing locally-caught fresh crayfish. They also gave us advice on all of the best things to see and do in the area.
Stingray feeding at Tatapouri beach (fantastic experience but be very careful of the kingfish - nearly took our daughter's fingers off!)
Surfing with Frank at city beach (waves look dead flat but actually great for beginners)
North end Makarori beach - gentle surf
Rere Falls rockslide & swimming holes - hair-raising but awesome fun
And lots of sun baking, lounging around, reading, cooking or movies in what we think is one of the best beach houses in NZ.