250 Woodstock Rimu Road, Woodstock, Hokitika,
West Coast, New Zealand
A Brief History of The Woodstock Hotel
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.
Today The Woodstock Hotel offers:
- Evening dining seven days a week.
- Regularly has live music playing and have hosted some of New Zealands top performers.
- Every Sunday, the Hokitika Music Club meets at The Woodstock Hotel for a jam session. This jam is open to all, so any individuals or groups passing through are welcome to get up and play a few numbers.
- Caters for functions, birthdays and weddings.
- Beer garden with spectacular mountain & river views.
- Our bar stocks 7 tap beers including Guinness.