• 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
  • New Years Eve
  • The decks at night
  • Dancing on Sundays
  • Bride Dancing
  • Lily & Steve

News & Events

The Riverhead will be CLOSED Tuesday 31st March

After an incredibly busy summer season, we have decided to reward our staff by closing the tavern and taking them away for the day!

They deserve it, as we are open every other day of the year!

I can’t tell you where we are going because that would ruin their surprise….!

This of course means that the entire venue will be closed all day and night on Tuesday 31st March.

We’ll hope to see you again soon!


What a great start to 2015!

Happy New Year!

We welcomed in the New Year with a fantastic party in the Boat House…we danced the night away, sang to our favs and laughed until we were hoarse…..a night to remember!

WE LOVE THIS WEATHER! Finally the weather is playing ball and it actually feels like summer, long may it last.

We are looking forward to a busy year with loads of things happening here.


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The new Boat House facility is an absolute joy to be in. Light and airy, temperature controlled, with perfect indoor outdoor NYEflow onto wide decks over looking the weather.
It’s the perfect venue for any gathering of over 50 people, it’s just up to the imagination what you can do with the space. Plenty of off-street parking, a great place to have a product launch, a big birthday, a wedding, a corporate meeting, team building and the list goes on. You name it, we’ll do it!

The Portage Bar is enjoying welcoming it’s diverse crowd…at any given time you may find a bunch of girls le2013-07-26 03.55.26ering up before a wedding, serious pool players looking for a new scalp to challenge them, locals whose family  have been in the village for over a hundred years or tourists just  having a quiet one.

The Landing Restaurant is going from strength to strength. Ryan Clark our Head Chef and his team are proud to present their fresh &  tasty, unpretentious menu …served up with genuine kiwi hospitality in arguably the most stunning Auckland hospitality venue overlooking the upper Waitemata. We believe it not all about the food, it the whole package.

We’d love to see you, no matter what experience you are looking for…The Riverhead has an ideal venue to suit your mood.


Merry Christmas from all of The Riverhead team and party with us on New Years!

New Years Party PosterWe hope you have a wonderful Christmas with all your special people and that you have a relaxing and rejuvenating break !

Then you’ll be ready to party on New Year’s Night!

Why not party with us in our brand new Boat House?  ‘Cover Up’ will be playing all your old favourites you just can’t help but dance to!
Grab your besties and party in the New Year with us. The band will crank up at 8.30pm and play until 12.30am.

We’ll be opening the white gates at 3pm so that you can come and enjoy the The Boat House’s ambiance while you wind down into the evening with festive food available.

Tickets are $25 from The Riverhead or $28 from Eventfinder. Tickets will be required to remain on site after 6pm.

Party responsibly so organise your transport before hand. Either bribe a friend to be a sober driver, or book a taxi beforehand.
Here are some suggestions:
Blue Bubble Taxi Booking link

North Shore Taxis           09 488 8000
Western Cabs                    09 838 9199
Auckland Co-op Taxis    09 300 3000

See the New Year with us!


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