“Warm Southern country hospitality, great traditional cooking, comfortable and cosy accommodation, isolation and location – that’s the magic of the Waiau Hotel;” says their website and it’s a pretty accurate description.
The historic Waiau Hotel opened in 1909, a place for travellers and those working in the region’s timber industry to stay in New Zealand’s southernmost town, Tuatapere. Today, it’s not the end of Highway 99 but, rather, the gateway to both Fiordland National Park and ‘Surf 46’, the coastal strip of Southland which takes you past some of the best sites to visit in all of New Zealand. This includes New Zealand’s newest major walking track, the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. Owner/operator, Quinton Donald, come from a central Southland farming background and guarantee a friendly
When: 7 Days Cafe 9 am -4 pm- ish
Bistro 5.30 – late Main Bar 9am -late
Where: Tuatapere, Southland, 47 Main St, NZ.
Tele: 64 3 226 6409 | Fax: 64 3 226 6354
Web Site: www.waiauhotel.co.nz
A stay at the Waiau Hotel. Quinton’s a man of hidden talents and these include having one of the best priced and best selection of New Zealand wines available on his menu and off license.
A chat with Quinton on local wines is well worth it, as he has good palette for both white and red and a good level of knowledge to support that palette. You just can’t go far too wrong if you have one of the Waiau Hotel’s famous steaks (with potato and cream cheese, mmmm …. ) and then let Quinton choose your wines for you.
The Waiau Hotel offers guests a full range of quality food from its three dining areas: – the Hump Ridge Cafe Bar, the Bar/Bistro dining and the main dining room and it offers a cooked breakfast.
The restaurant’s bar is the town’s de facto town centre – a “real social spot”, with a pool table, juke box and gaming machines. The Public Bar/Bistro sports a big screen television and there is Sky TV available. There’s a guitar and piano available and there’s an open fire in the bar. The hotel also has a wholesale bottle store (see my wine comment above).
They pride themselves on their coffee-making, using Jungle Coffee as their prefer brand. Quinton is also a keen golfer and are pleased to host golf trips at the hotel and support the local Tuatapere Golf Club. The Waiau Hotel also takes bookings for local fishing tours and for anyone seeking to jet boat the local river. The hotel has 25 rooms and can accommodate up to 54 people.
The hotels also caters for and is available for function hires and special events.