The area just half an hour south of Auckland – Clevedon / Hunua – is fantastic for hiking. Unspoilt wilderness, waterfalls, lakes, native bush, kauri groves… And after a vigorous hike, the first thing we need is hearty pub grub.
I stumbled on the Tuakau Hotel and it fit the bill perfectly. It’s newly renovated, but nonetheless you feel like you’re in the country here. This is no sleek city joint with chirpy serving staff and unpronounceable dishes. Instead you get a warm welcome, slow service and simple, hearty portions of tasty food. It’s not flash – and that’s what makes it perfect for a post-hike munch.
Interestingly, the Hotel does live up to its ethos – it’s been around since 1875! That makes it a little younger than Northwest Auckland’s Riverhead Tavern (which touts its heritage of being New Zealand’s oldest riverside tavern) but there’s not much in it.
Oh, and the Tuakau Hotel is right across the road from the local museum, so should you wish to find out more, you’re well-placed to do so!