Reefton Hotel
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72 Broadway Off State Highway 7, Reefton New Zealand

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Bar / lounge
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72 Broadway Off State Highway 7, Reefton New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Thaimusic wrote a review Feb 2021
New Zealand1,600 contribution62 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We went along for a drink on a Friday evening reasonably late after having a meal elsewhere, we were mostly just interested to see what all the fuss is about in other reviews. The hotel is no oil painting but we got prompt, super friendly service from a young lady called Gabby, she is a credit to the place. Not such interesting patrons as the other pub we went to but certainly didn't bother us.
Again on the Saturday we went back after eating elsewere and met one of the owners Chris I think? who looked after us for the rest of the night. Good to have a yarn to and even joked to him about being famous for bad reviews which he took in good spirit. We had no complaints and enjoyed both visits. Finished the night with a couple of generous ports and even met the family friendly well behaved dog. We went here with an open mind not attitude and got good service in return.
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Date of stay: February 2021
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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tesstravels10 wrote a review Nov 2020
christchurch140 contributions79 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were here on Melbourne cup day so it was pretty busy but we found a seat at the bar and then decided to order dinner as there was pasta on the menu , not often found in smaller pubs - it certainly didn't disappoint, a very large helping which I enjoyed. My partner had the roast which was also a very big meal.
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Date of stay: November 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Myrddin wrote a review Nov 2015
Levin, New Zealand595 contributions390 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Only when here because my first choice was full. The meal I had was distinctly poor. Poor presentation, over cooked to the point of being rock solid and small in portion size. Best to miss this as a place to eat. Beer was nice though!
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Date of stay: November 2015
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: didn't stay, couldn't say
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2020 Traveler wrote a review Jun 2020
4 contributions2 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Not one to write reviews but as our experience was so bad I decided to share. Sorry I've wrote alot!

We travelled the South Island after
the Covid lockdown and tried to spent our money at small and local businesses rather than chain stores and fast food outlets. Meeting some friendly cafe, pub and shop owners who were stoked to see someone new in their shop and always gave us a local sight to see or thing to do.

Having just spent the last 2 weeks in a campervan touring the South island and visiting many pubs, cafes, restaurants, shops and dairys this was the only place we regret giving any of our money to. Funnily enough 5min prior to stepping foot inside Hotel Reefton I had just been at one if the local stores/shops and mentioned i was heading there for a beer and a feed, the person serving me said "Good Luck with that" which now I realize was not just a random passing comment.
The lady who served us and looked like she ran the place, had a terrible attitude and was very snappy and rude, certainly did not appear to even want us in the bar. Simply friendly questions and comments from us were treated with smart remarks and death stares and very unwelcoming tones. Although as soon as a one of the locals said a word from across the bar her attitude would turn right around. Her husband ( I assume) was no better with grumbles under his breath while be served and trying to make friendly conversation with him.
Had it not of been for them being the only place in town with a TAB to watch a horse race I wanted to see, we would of walked straight out. Decided we would cook our own meal in the campervan rather than give them our money so only ended up having a couple of quick beers and a garlic bread which was overpriced and undercooked.

You would think given the recent Covid events that any visitors willing to explore and spend money would be welcome but certainly NOT HERE.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Deedee wrote a review Jun 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Rude and unfriendly, felt unwanted as paying customers (food and drink). You would think at this time with covid they would be happy to have paying customer's coming through their doors. Would not reccomend at all, best to go elsewhere. Avoid. Im sorry but maybe put a sign up if you just want local customers. No need to make non local customers feel bad for stepping into your establishment.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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108janinel wrote a review Aug 2020
Orewa, New Zealand11 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Chanced upon this pub on a quiet Sunday night in search of a traditional Sunday roast meal while on a brief stop in Reefton. The roast beef was amazing and portions very generous. Served by very hospitable hosts. Squeezed in apple crumble dessert, also delicious. Can highly recommend.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jenny H wrote a review Mar 2024
Auckland24 contributions1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Bar tender had bad attitude very unwelcoming even though we enquired about eating there. Very tired venue. . There was a Dog on sofa which potentially customers sitting on. Complained about dump station and water supply behind hotel . We felt very unwelcome
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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LHill2013 wrote a review Apr 2016
Nottingham, United Kingdom10 contributions5 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Now then...! This hotel is terrible principally due to the unwelcoming and very rude (presumably) husband and wife team who run it. Their tag team passive aggressive approach to customers is confusing and it is made very clear that you are not welcome even as paying guests. If that wasn't bad enough the bed was shared with a colony of bed bugs which I only realised in the morning when I was bitten all down my body after a restless sleep. It's not nice its not cheap and it's an absolute shame because the rest of Reefton is beautiful and the businesses friendly and welcoming...there are much nicer places to stay in Reefton most of which we drank and ate at. I thoroughly recommend avoiding...just like you would avoid bed bugs.
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Date of stay: April 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Deb wrote a review Jan 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution1 helpful vote
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Went there for a meal no dining room to eat in but tables there so thought ok thats all good got the menu and asked the guy behind the bar what is in the seafood basket and the answer was seafood so said yes but what kind he asked the lady there which I think is one of the owners she said the same with a smug look on her face well I just thought bloody rude as before they were talking and laughing with the locals but little did they know my parents are locals which were with me, So I just dropped the menu and said we are leaving these people are rude and we went across the road to Dawsons which I would highly recommend to anyone
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Vic wrote a review Apr 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Reefton the night before walking the Old Ghost Road and, despite some very outdated and suboptimal reviews, decided to try to World Famous Roast at the Reefton Hotel.

This place rocks! If you’re looking for a hearty home cooked meal - look no further. The night we dined in was roast lamb night - perfectly cooked with mint sauce, roast potatoes, pumpkin, sweetcorn, cabbage and carrot/parsnip mash.

I had the ‘mini’ and my partner had the medium size roast - it was plenty! I don’t think there’s any way we’d be able to finish the ‘working man’s’ size meal.

Order dessert - you won’t need it, but it’s delicious.

Great value for money, the local’s are awesome and up for a chat if you engage with them.

Highly recommend this place - don’t be put off by the decor or the buckets catching water from a leaky roof - it all adds to the charm! not sure why no-one has dropped a review for so long.

It was certainly a great start to our trip.

Enjoy.
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Date of stay: April 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The pub looks run down - it is - but the staff are friendly, the food hearty, and it’s warm on a...
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Vic wrote a tip Apr 2023
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The pub looks run down - it is - but the staff are friendly, the food hearty, and it’s warm on a cold rainy night."
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Myrddin wrote a tip Nov 2015
Levin, New Zealand595 contributions390 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"didn't stay, couldn't say"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Reefton Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Reefton Hotel?
Nearby attractions include The Bearded Miners (0.03 km), Blacks Point Museum (2.0 km), and The Hale Gallery (0.3 km).
What food & drink options are available at Reefton Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Reefton Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Broadway Tearooms and Bakery, Reef Cottage Cafe, and Nana Ni's.
Is Reefton Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Reefton.
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