Welcome to Ahi Kaa Gisborne Motel, Waikanae Beach, Gisborne, NZ
Your host Katie and Les Thomas welcome you to Accommodation Ahi Kaa, a quality Gisborne Motel with competitive 2020 rates. Nestled in a quiet and peaceful beach location this Gisborne city Motel is off the main road and opposite the beautiful Waikanae and Midway City Beaches. Offering 15 modern ground floor rooms, spacious and private gardens and north facing apartments providing all day sun, our place is a favourite Gisborne retreat for travelers, domestic and international tourists, holiday makers and the business sectors. Affordable luxury accommodation conveniently located just minutes from Gisborne City Center, A & P Show Grounds, Gisborne District Hospital and the new Gisborne Airport, it is easy to navigate Te Tairawhiti and Eastland Region from here. From roomy and cosy, to standard and boutique there is something to suit all needs and budgets. We invite you to come and stay with us in the first city to see the sun.
Welcome to our whanau (family). Katie is from a small Maori village in Mangatu, Gisborne. Les is from Christchurch and loves Crusaders and Canterbury rugby. We have three adult children and six mokopuna (grand children). Katie is proud of her moko kauae (chin tattoo) which is the right of every Maori woman with whakapapa (genealogy). It acknowledges her existence as a proud Maori woman referencing the whakapapa of both her mother (Tuhoe) and father (Mahaki).
Katie and Les welcome you to Accommodation Ahi Kaa, a small family business in the heart of sunny Gisborne, Tairawhiti. Ahi Kaa means to Keep the Homes Fires Burning which underpins their approach to hospitality or manaakitanga. They want to make sure that manuhiri (visitors) are warmly welcomed and feel at home like part of the whanau. Offering 15 ground floor rooms, walk in showers and king beds, they have something for everyone.
Gisborne is the first place in the world to see the sun and was first place to witness contact between Maori and Pakeha. This region boasts first class beaches and top surfing spots, award wining wines from local wineries and unique tourism operators. Waka voyaging; a Maori tourist must do, Rail biking has three choices of scenic routes and Dive Tatapouri is a great opportunity to interact with the children of Tangaroa. Hikurangi Maunga a must do as well.