Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge – First to See the Light
By Justine Tyerman

When celebrities come to Gisborne, they stay at the Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge, a magnificent private residence overlooking the golden sands of Wainui, one of New Zealand’s primo surfing beaches.

From this elevated, ridge-top location, guests can experience something totally unique. Gisborne – or Gizzy as it’s known to the locals – holds the distinction of being the most easterly city on the planet, so it’s the first city in the world to see the light of each new day. The sun rising from the Pacific Ocean is a dazzling sight, worth getting up early to see. You might well be the first person on the whole planet to see the sun’s rays peep over the horizon that day.

Blackhouse Lodge is the perfect spot for a family holiday, a getaway for a group of friends, or a special celebration. I’ve been there so I can personally vouch for the place. It’s just down the road from where I live!

Blackhouse Lodge is one of over 10,800 holiday homes in the Bookabach collection, New Zealand‘s most trusted resource for finding and securing private rental accommodation.

Bookabach is now part of the global HomeAway network, a huge international collection of private holiday rental accommodations, so the choices are mind-boggling. And they are literally at your fingertips.

Choosing just 12 from the magnificent array of Bookabach holiday homes all over New Zealand was a real challenge. Have a look at my selection on LuxuryNewZealand. And, of course, enjoy this video of the exquisite Bookabach Blackhouse Lodge.

See you in Gizzy soon!


Contributing Editor Justine Tyerman is an award-winning travel writer, journalist and sub-editor from Gisborne, New Zealand, with 20 years’ experience in newspaper and freelance work. Check out her work at and Tyerman’s Travels Facebook.