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  • A classic kiwi neighbourhood bar

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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. Today this rich tradition of hospitality continues and we invite you to come in and make your own stories.

The Tavern and its History

At 153 years old, The Riverhead is thought to be New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern and holds New Zealand’s second oldest liquor licence and remains fully New Zealand owned.

Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata, The Riverhead is steeped in local history and played a part in the development of early New Zealand, with thousands using the wharf and hotel as the gateway to lands in the north prior to the completion of roads and railway.

In 2010 this grand old lady was extensively renovated and reopened in 2011, with new emphasis on providing a truly memorable hospitality experience, serving fresh New Zealand food with flair, great beers, local wines and good coffee. While these renovations have transformed The Riverhead – its tradition, history, and the physical building itself has been kept and carefully restored to its former glory.

How to get here by car

You’ll find us on the corner of Queen & York Street, Riverhead

The Riverhead is an easy 25 minute drive from downtown Auckland, but feels a world away when you’re here. Simply enter the address of where you’re coming from and we’ll give you the directions for how to get here. Drive safely.

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Make a booking or enquiry

To ensure you don’t miss out on a great experience at The Riverhead simply click on the enquire now button below. Select when you’d like to come in, what venue you would like to visit, and we’ll take care of the rest. Look forward to seeing you soon.

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

Trip Advisor: Review 11 May 2015

My food was absolutely delicious, being a vegetarian- there were so many options for vegans and vegetarians, which is usually not the case. My partner had the ribs- he is never full and this plate was a challenge for him to finish! My Dad had the fish and chips -WAY better than a usual pub meal. The desert…. AMAZING!!!!!

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“AMAZING !! STUNNING”
September 2016

Loved every moment of this magical place !!
Friendly staff, amazing food and nice ambiance on a chilly spring night.
I especially loved the bartender (the blondey) and the very tall waiter both had a chirpy smile on their face.

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Delightful environment

September 2016

Whether you choose to be seated inside or out, both options offer a delightful setting. Outside offers the beauty of nature with the trees, birds and waterway running alongside, inside offers warmth on those colder afternoons and evenings. Having frequented several times now, I continue to return. The meals are mostly consistent and recently there has been a marked improvement in the dessert menu. Worth a visit for couples, friends or business.

“Birthday Dinner”

August 2016

Great food and fantastic service! Nice to have some waitresses that enjoy their work. Fantastic atmosphere. My Fish was cooked beautifully.

“A lovely Place”

Visited August 2016

A lovely spot above the river. Great food and lovely staff. We arrived 10 minutes after a large party had disembarked off the ferry from Auckland – a lovely day trip for them I’m sure (but that’sthe subject of different reviews!). Despite the staff being frantically busy they found time to make my wife, myself and our two young children very welcome – with tips on our onward journey to Muriwai beach. We only had coffee and juice but they did make a lovely soya cappuccino!

“Dinner”

Visited July 2016

We were impressed with everything this place had to offer. Now my favorite place to go. Fantastic service yummy food and a great menu. Highly recommend.

“A Great Day Out”

Visited May 2016

We cruised up to the The Riverhead by the Red Boat. There was 10 of us and we all enjoyed our food very much.
The service was excellent with lovely friendly waitresses. It was a lovely fine day and we were sitting outside under large umbrellas the atmosphere was great.

 

“Deserves to succeed”

Reviewed April 2016

One of the oldest licensed houses in New Zealand, in recent years has been transformed from a bikers pub to a top class gastro pub in the English style.
Fantastic location and the owners have made the most of this with renovating the moorings to receive boats from the City. Service can vary from excellent to average but food seems consistently good. Not the cheapest in the West, nor should it be, but a great place for lunch or dinner, especially when the weather is fine. Décor internally absolutely hits the mark, and all credit to the owners for seeing the potential here. With the many good vineyard restaurants in the area, the Riverhead is helping establish the North West as a culinary destination.

“Stunning”

Reviewed 24 June 2015 (Trip Advisor)

Visiting from Australia and took my parents to The Riverhead for a mid week lunch.
The venue was amazing with beautiful river views and a welcoming fireplace.
The service was exceptional and our waitress Jules was both friendly and entertaining. Jules went out of her way to meet our specific needs (including going to a great deal of trouble to help us find the perfect wine).
The meals were lovely (I recommend the seared snapper with scallops and parsnip puree).
This was one of the loveliest lunch experiences I ever had and I gave it five stars (which is something I rarely ever do).

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The Boat House re-opens

Our 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. It’s the perfect environment for your next function, whether it’s a personal celebration or business oriented.
Weddings are delightful in this area with the indoor outdoor flow, likewise party’s of any description go off with a bang with areas for everyone to enjoy.

Business meetings and gatherings of all sorts work well in this inspirational space.

No matter what you have in mind our team will make it happen just the way you envisage it.

The Boat House is 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.

Vouchers

Looking for a great gift idea that everyone can enjoy? Why not let your fingers do the walking by picking up a Riverhead gift voucher. The lucky recipient can spend it at any of The Riverhead’s bars and restaurants.

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Gift Voucher

The Riverhead gift vouchers are the perfect present. Simply choose your voucher value below, pay online with PayPal and we’ll email your gift voucher directly to you. Your voucher will be emailed for you to forward onto whoever the lucky recipient is, or print off to give it away.

NOTE: Each voucher in New Zealand Dollars is valid for use once and expires after 6 months from date of purchase.

Minimum Price:$10.00

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Join The Team

Hello all you enthusiastic, energetic, intelligent, engaging people who may think about applying for a position here at The Riverhead. Whilst we have a very good and full team here at present we are always looking for people with star quality and will consider your application even if it is for some time in the future.

We can assure you it is a very exciting place to work.

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CONTACT US

Our location

Cnr Queen & York, Riverhead, New Zealand
Phone: 09 412 8902 book@theriverhead.co.nz

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