• Welcome to The Riverhead

    The Riverhead has been a house of refreshment and conviviality for around 150 years. In that time it has seen many events and stories come and go, countryfolk and townspeople, fishermen and farmers, smugglers and clergymen, marauding riders of the night through to social visits from the local constabulary. All have played their part in giving The Riverhead a rich stable of stories befitting the oldest riverside tavern in New Zealand.

  • The Portage Bar
  • The Landing
  • The Landing
  • The Riverhead
  • The Portage Bar's new outdoor area ideal for smokers
  • The view from the Rockery
  • The Portage Bar at night
  • The View
  • Garry Dunn's magnificent chandlier
  • The Landing Restaurant
  • Through the window and into The Landing
  • Our taps including the elusive Heineken Tap
  • Outside Deacon's Kitchen
  • Inside Deacon's Kitchen
  • Our Smugglers Mural
  • The Fireplace
  • The Heroes wall in The Portage Bar
  • The Portage Bar
  • The Boat House
  • Relaxing in The Boat House
  • Inside the Boat House
  • The New enlarged bar in The Boat House

News & Events

The Boat House re-opens

IMG_7411Our new Boat House Functions Centre is now open and getting a lot of attention!

With it’s large new decks, and seamless indoor outdoor flow, hundreds of people are already enjoying this new space for their Christmas Party’s.  Most Saturdays are already booked for weddings in the New Year and there is a lot of interest for business meetings and functions early next year. The area open to the public at 12 noon most Sundays and public holidays with FREE live music from 2-6pm, showing just how versatile the venue is.


If you are interested in booking this stunning new venue, call our bookings team on 09 412 8902 or email all the details to us by email book@theriverhead.co.nz

We WON the ‘Spirit of the Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge’ for this region!

We’re really stoked that we have been named one of the winners of getting into the spirit of the competition. We dressed The Riverhead in buffalo paraphernalia and it obviously impressed the judges.

A huge thanks need to go out to all those people who came in and supported us by trying our wild buffalo dish and voting for us…..congratulations goes to all the winners!
We were only second on the Leaders Board so it must have been a fairly close run race!



The Monteith’s Wild Food Challenge has finished…but you can still try our dish for a few more days!

Thanks to everyone who has tried our Monteiths Wild Food Dish and voted for us….!

We have been on or near to the top of the People Choice Leader Board all month!

For a Wild Dish, ours is a delicate balance of flavours….it’s not a heavy meat meal, it’s tender and juicy and delivers on sensual qualities you’d expect in an award winning dish.



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