Brief History


The hotel poured its first pint in 1894, making it one of New Zealand’s oldest hotels and in its heyday in the 1950s and 60s had near-legendary status. Awanui couple Brad and Tanja Jackson bought the sprawling property in May 2020 and worked on an ambitious plan to revitalise the property and turn it into a hub for locals and visitors alike. They opened the revamped hotel on Awanui Day, the township’s biggest day of the year, on November 7, 2020.

The Awanui Hotel is located at the junction of two major highways (SH1 & SH10) at the gateway to Cape Reinga and the Aupōuri Peninsula. The Awanui Hotel offers food, entertainment and accommodation as well as showcasing the history of Awanui and the Far North.