A dozen pubs have come and gone since Woodstock Hotel sprang to life in May 1865 but only one has survived the test of time – the Royal Mail Hotel.
First built around 1870 on Clements Road and when the road was put through to Ross in 1878 the Woodstock Hotel was jacked up and then rolled on empty beer barrels and pulled by horses 200 yards up the hill to its present site. Gaylor's Hotel was now on the main road and a stopping place for the mail coaches to Ross so a new name seemed more appropriate – The Royal Mail Hotel.
The Woodstock Hotel has played many roles in the life of Woodstock, not only as a public house but also as a meeting place, post office and even as a morgue.
We have a beer garden if you fancy relaxing al-fresco with great views overlooking the Hokitika river.
We are privileged, every Sunday, to host The Hokitika Music Club with an entertaining evening ‘Jam’ so if you fancy a strum or a song, rock on out, meet the crew and join in with the fun.
If you are looking for somewhere to stay we have the Woodstock cottage adjacent to the hotel and four self contained units.
Are you feeling peckish or just looking to unwind and perhaps meet some of the locals? We look forward to seeing you here. Where?
Where else but the Woody
Contact us to book a table for any occasion.
The Woodstock Hotel has been here from the great days of the Goldrush, when Hokitika was the busiest port in New Zealand and was in the mix to be named the capital of New Zealand.
It is a little less hectic these days but still boasts a rich history and amazing scenery.
We look forward to seeing you here @The Woody