Offering premium pub fare
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 traffic 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, offering the finest 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 offered unpretentious and genuine Kiwi hospitality – something they intend to continue.