The History of The Riverhead

Learn the backstory behind the iconic riverside tavern

Over 150 Years of Service in NZ

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

An Iconic NZ Heritage Building

Nestled on the shores of the upper Waitemata,
The Riverhead is steeped in local history, with thousands using the wharf and hotel as the gateway to lands in the north prior to the completion of northland’s first major roads and railways.

Renovated & Reopened in 2011

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.