Of­fer­ing pre­mium pub fare

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with a so­phis­ti­cated edge, served with the down-to- earth charm of a true ru­ral es­tab­lish­ment, The River­head has been a place of re­fresh­ment and con­vivi­al­ity for nearly 150 years. New Zealand’s old­est river­side tav­ern built in the mid 1860s, The River­head is nes­tled on the banks of the up­per Waitem­ata Har­bour. Seeped in lo­cal his­tory, it played an in­te­gral part in the devel­op­ment of early Auck­land; thou­sands of peo­ple used the wharf and ho­tel as the gate­way to their lands in the north be­fore road­ing and a rail­way were es­tab­lished. Ac­cess­able from cen­tral Auck­land by tide- de­pen­dant ferry boats, the jour­ney fol­lows the track of the early set­tlers and takes 1 ½ hours through the shel­tered wa­ters of the up­per har­bour. If you have a car, the drive is a pleas­ant one and a great way to avoid the heavy Auck­land bridge tra c by tak­ing the scenic 25 minute drive via the North West­ern mo­tor­way. Ren­o­vated in 2011, the newly spruced es­tab­lish­ment is made up of three dis­tinct ar­eas: The Land­ing Restau­rant, the Portage Bar and the Boat House. In­cor­po­rat­ing an idyl­lic out­side deck sur­rounded by 100-year- old Oak trees, the Land­ing Restau­rant is a stun­ning spot for a ro­man­tic meal, catch­ing up with friends or for treating the fam­ily. The tal­ented chefs in­sist on us­ing only the fresh­est, pre­mium qual­ity, lo­cal and re­gional in­gre­di­ents. The wine list is ex­ten­sive, o er­ing the nest lo­cal New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional wines. The Portage Bar, a clas­sic Kiwi neigh­bour­hood bar, is the place to be. With sto­ries of the day shared, pool balls shot, hearty food served and live sport on the big screens, it is what a bar should be. The Boat House is the func­tion cen­tre and a space that can ar­ranged to suit any gath­er­ing or oc­ca­sion. This area is open to the public ev­ery Sun­day af­ter­noon for “Sun­day Live”, a feast of free live mu­sic which is fast be­com­ing an Auck­land in­sti­tu­tion. Flow­ing out to the ex­pan­sive decks and beau­ti­ful lawns, the area is avail­able for pri­vate hire any day but Sun­days. It is ideal for any pri­vate celebration, from wed­dings to fam­ily func­tions to big par­ties, cor­po­rate events or com­mu­nity causes – you name it, it can be catered for, com­plete with highly pol­ished ser­vice and top-notch food and bev­er­ages. The River­head is proud of its his­tory as an in­te­gral part of the area, through­out which it has con­sis­tently o ered un­pre­ten­tious and gen­uine Kiwi hos­pi­tal­ity – some­thing they in­tend to con­tinue.

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