Physical & Postal Address: 124 Bright Street, Gisborne 4010
Outreach Coordinator: Nicole West
Phone: 022 639 0319
Office Hours: Monday 8.00am - 5.00pm and Tuesday 8.00am - 4.00pm

If your matter is urgent or you would like to talk with someone straight away please contact the AUTISM FREEPHONE on 0800 288 476. Please note the AUTISM FREEPHONE is not managed outside of office hours.

Support Groups

Support Groups for Parents and Caregivers

We meet on the first Monday of every month at Barnardos, 25 Ormond Road at 12pm (except January). Children welcome.

And we meet on the third Monday of every month, 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the Plunket Rooms, 2 Crawford Road, Inner Harbour, above Soho.

Education & Training Programmes

We offer education & training programmes at various times of the year, please check our Education & Training Programmes page for dates or alternatively you can contact our National Office for further information on (04) 803 3501 or email

Extremely Affordable Holiday Accomodation for Families

Kauri Cottage, Gisborne
An old cottage restored by IHC and IDEA Services has been highly commended in the 2007 CRESA Community Housing Awards.

The three bedroom house now named Kauri Cottage offers rural holiday accommodation for people with an intellectual disability and their families. It was awarded runner-up by Community Housing Aotearoa Inc because of its conversion from a rundown cottage to quality wheelchair accessible accommodation.

The previous owners relocated the house and installed it on new foundations with the intention of restoring it as a farm stay. While it had a lot of character it was in a dilapidated condition says Fiona.

After consulting with families and people using IDEA Services , it was suggested refurbishing the cottage so that it could be used for people to take a break. The Cameron Road property already has a day service and residential home, so there is plenty of support available on site.

Funding for costs of modification was provided from bequests left to IHC for use in the Gisborne region.

The IHC committee supported the project and committed themselves to undertaking all maintenance work or funding the work through fundraising endeavours.

The house was called Kauri Cottage because it was built with kauri timber and had kauri panelling throughout.

Restoration included a new roof, repairs to cladding, painting and the addition of verandas with wheelchair ramp access.

The interior was stripped and relined, insulated and redecorated. The back lean-to area was opened up to provide open plan living, dining and kitchen areas. A new kitchen and laundry was installed. A new bathroom, including toilet basin and shower, was designed to be wheelchair accessible.

Kauri Cottage has been extensively modified to enable people with intellectual disabilities living at home with families or in IDEA Services to take a break in a pleasant, relaxing rural environment. It also provides an emergency service for people who struggle to find a suitable environment, for
example the cottage enables families to have an affordable holiday with the entire family, where a motel or camping ground is not practical for a disabled family member.

This is seen as a pilot project with potential for application in other parts of the country.

For two people: $75 per night, maximum 7 nights, extra $10 per night per additional person.  

Please confirm 10 working days prior to stay.  Arrival time 11am, departure time 11am.  

Full payment required upon departure  For more information please contact Grant; Ph: 06 868 4158 or email