Waikino Hotel

8541 State Highway 2, Waikino

07 863 8381


Located just 1.5 hr drive from Auckland, the Waikino Hotel is a fantastic place to grab a bite to eat, drink and stay. With heart-warming hospitality and a rich history, the Waikino Hotel story is one of fire and flood, excess and prohibition, but most of all, it’s a story about connections. Connecting travellers and towns, the present with the past, and the local community with each other.

The Waikino Hotel offers a range of services for those biking the trail, from comfortable, well-appointed accommodation, a relaxed delicious menu for every time of the day, and friendly, knowledgeable staff who can make a great drink or pour you a refreshing cold one from the beer taps.

Waikino Hotel is a great place to hold events. Visitors can look forward to pool tables and regular live music, situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the Karangahake Gorge.

Shoot some pool with the locals and enjoy a lazy Sunday brew. Register by 3pm, entry is free and there are bar tab prizes up for grabs too.

In September 2020 Kaimai Brewing & Distilling Co. was born with the release of “Eliza’s Claim” Gold gin, which was crafted in the distillery based at the historic Waikino Hotel. The gin is proofed with pure artisan spring water and infused with a range of locally and internationally sourced botanicals which combine to create a truly unique flavour.  Patience and attention to detail has been rewarded with a Gold Medal Award in the 2021 New Zealand Spirits Awards. You can find out more about the Kaimai Brewing & Distilling Co. here.

Open 7 Days from 12 noon. Whilst the restaurant is open from midday for casual diners, it is advisable for any groups to book ahead to avoid disappointment or long delays. You can call ahead on 07 863 8381 or email.