Hearty fare at Tuakau Hotel

Tuakau Hotel outdoor seating

Tuakau Hotel outdoor seating

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.

Tuakau Family Hotel – from the hotel website

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!


One thought on “Hearty fare at Tuakau Hotel

  1. Thank you for taking the time to come and enjoy our hotel. The owners Neil Young and Dee Bond and staff work very hard to create an atmosphere that can be enjoyed by all
    Our win of the 2012 Hospitality award for best New/Developed Hotel Accommodation has been great recognition of the vision by the owners to revitalize this outstanding property and great reviews like this are mush appreciated by all.

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