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The Kentish Hotel

Waiuku, South Auckland

Come in and enjoy a drink in the historic and beautifully refurbished Kentish Hotel, or dine in the Starboard Side Bistro enjoying a view of the estuary.

The Kentish Hotel was built in 1851 be Edward Constable who emigrated from Kent, England.

He applied for a special license for the sale and supply of alcohol and then license No: 47 was granted to him on the 10th January 1853. That same license continues today. The Kentish proudly holds the record for the longest continuous liquor license in New Zealand.

Throughout its long history the Kentish has been at the heart of Waiuku life since it was built. It occupies a central location in Waiuku town, is near the entrance to the Waiuku harbor, and opposite the popular Tamakae reserve which serves as a base for the Waiuku Museum and other attractions.


Stay a night or two with us at the Kentish Hotel.

Whether you’re passing through and enjoying the buzz of our lively bar or staying overnight or a weekend in one of our 10 original historic rooms, you’ll be in for a real taste of kiwi heritage.

Our rooms are all individual, each with their own characteristics and consist of 2 singles, 5 twins, 3 queens all with shared amities. All rooms have tea/coffee making facilities.

All rooms have shared facilities.


Our Starboard Side Bistro offers gourmet dining and great views. With a beautifully atmospheric interior, we offer an attractive menu selection to suit all tastes.

Some days we may close main menu for bar snacks from 3pm - 5pm.

Opening Hours:

Monday through Wednesday:    12am - 8pm

Thursday through Saturday:     11am - 9pm

Sunday:                                  11am - 8pm

Weddings and civil unions are our speciality!

Here at The Kentish Hotel, we offer the perfect setting for your special day. Our wedding team will accommodate your needs for a memorable and unique experience your way.

With a selection of gourmet menu options from our Portside Restaurant, we also have 11 rooms available for overnight or weekend stay, we cater for your complete wedding event.

The township and scenic Awhitu Peninsula provide varied backdrops for your ceremony, but stroll over to the beautiful Tamakae Reserve where a village rotunda beside the mouth of the river will add the perfect touch to your experience. The river can also provide the bridle couple a stunning entrance by boat.

Services available include:

  • Venue Reception
  • Ceremony area
  • Accommodation
  • Catering
  • Unique historic photo locations
  • Balcony/veranda

Don't forget to mention Gay Stay!

Say you found us on GayStay and we will be pleased to give you a glass of house wine or beer and share our knowledge of the area with you.

Your host: Murray

5 Queen Street
Auckland 2123

Phone: +64 (0)9 235 8367


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