Awakino Hotel and Pub


The Awakino hotel and pub comes installed with a rich local history of 110 years, the Awakino Hotel sits proudly on the Taranaki-Waikato border, surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with big snappers and whitebait, and native bush home to a wide variety of game including pigs, deer, and goats.

Regardless of whether you're on a hunting, fishing, whitebaiting, or leisurely holiday trip, or simply passing through, the hotel invites you to pause for a satisfying meal and a refreshing beverage. Rest assured, you won't be disappointed.

The Awakino hotel and pub also warmly welcomes well-behaved dogs and children, ensuring that everyone has an enjoyable experience during their stay.

The History

The Awakino Hotel originated in 1904 as a boarding house and tea house, strategically situated on the banks of the Awakino river to offer travellers a place to take a break and relax, especially during cattle drives. It served as a convenient stopover for people whose journeys were interrupted by floods or other delays.

In 1957, a bar was added to the hotel in response to the prohibition that was enforced in the Waikato region. The hotel was located just across the river from the Waikato territory, and the addition of the bar was intended to cater to the needs of the thirsty patrons.

Ever since its expansion, the Awakino Hotel has become a thriving centre of activity, hosting a wide range of events such as speed shears, hunting and fishing competitions, weddings, and even live music performances by local rock bands. The hotel also serves as a popular destination for parties and quiz nights in the area.

Accommodation Pricing

  • Single/Twin Room $65/$80 per night
  • Double Room $100 per night
  • Double Room Ensuite $110 per night

Complimentary continental breakfast and access to our Guest Lounge are included with all hotel rooms.

Contact Details

4, Gribbin Street, Awakino, Waitomo District, Waikato, New Zealand


  • Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
  • ​​Sat-Sun: 11am - Late
  • Hotel & Pub food