About us

and our community

Clubhouse Restaurant

The Bugger Inn Pub

Cafe Cart


Visit us at 1469 Motueka Valley Highway, Ngatimoti 7196

Welcome to


 Incepto ne desistam –  

 “May I not shrink from my purpose”

We migrated to New Zealand in 2019, moved to Ngatimoti in 2022 and so began our life changing adventure.

Our mission is to make a positive contribution to community life in the most beautiful Motueka Valley. The River Haven vineyard is now described as the most beautiful in New Zealand.

Our Clubhouse Restaurant serves fine local food, our French style Cafe, Olde World Pub and General Store have become a hub for fun, laughter and local chit chat.

Our vision has swiftly become a vibrant reality for the simple reason we always honour the traditional values of mutual respect and friendship blended with a deep appreciation of our natural environment.

We hope you also savour and enjoy our first ever River Haven vintage.

Love and positivity, Noel & Liz

*The Latin inscription adorns the sword of the Knight of Ngatimoti guarding our Friendship Garden.

A Cafe – open 7 days a week providing a hub for fun, laughter and community chit chat.

A Clubhouse Restaurant – every week attracting hundreds of guests from across the region to experience fine local food lovingly prepared by our professional chefs.

Ngatimoti now has its own traditional pub – The Bugger Inn.

The General Store providing all the essentials at competitive prices.

The Vineyard – you say its “the most beautiful vineyard in New Zealand” – we can’t argue.

A wonderful dining experience

Just wanted to thank you directly for a great Valentine’s evening and was Lorraine’s Birthday two days earlier. The service was excellent with a really wonderful team spirit from all the staff. Food was excellent and was great value for money. Luckily we live nearby so will be back soon. Well done everyone for a wonderful dining experience.

Andy & Lorraine Milton

The service and food was amazing!

My husband and I had our first ever dining experience at river haven last night and just wanted to pass on how much we loved it. The staff were so friendly and lovely and the service and food was amazing. Thank you so much, we cannot wait to come back.

Cherie Hurrey

Everyone enjoyed their meal

Lunch yesterday was great, the duck was cooked perfectly. All six meals were different and everyone enjoyed their meal. Would come back and recommend River Haven to other people. Service was excellent too.

Glenys & Peter Devine

Beautiful Food and Amazing Hospitality

What a wonderful place to celebrate Christmas. We held our staff Christmas party here on Nov 30th and we were spoilt with the beautiful food and amazing hospitality. Highly recommend a visit over the summer.

Nicki Nicholas
Plant & Food Research

The food was perfect

Just wanted to say thank you for yesterdays wine trip. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and the food was perfect. Thank you to all of your team.

Rebecca Hodges
Motueka Memorial RSA

A wonderful meal

Thank you and your team for a wonderful meal yesterday. My friends thought that it was absolutely fantastic, the service and food were top notch, the friendliness of staff was also much appreciated.

John Eales
President, Nelson Jaguar Drivers Club

What an experience!

WOW, what an experience it was to be with you on Sunday. River Haven had been recommended to us and we were blown away by it all. Magnificent setting, amazing English style upgrade of the restaurant, perfection of the grounds, including the Coffee bus, General Store and then those fantastic vintage cars. Huge kudos to you and your management. You made us feel so welcome and it was an absolute blast to drive out to you and experience it all.

Jean Baines

Lovely meal

Lovely meal on Friday, the decorations looked fantastic and the girls were great. We will be back in August.
Sara Doggett

A wonderful occasion

We would like to thank you all for the wonderful occasion that you put on for us yesterday. Even the kids couldn’t stop talking about it and trying hard to perfect the tooth pick and fork balancing act when we got home. We are looking forward to coming back.

Joss & Ian Thorn

A very enjoyable night

Just a huge thanks for making our night out at River Haven a very enjoyable one. Your disposition (and that of the other staff) contributed to our enjoyment as did the quality of the food and the atmosphere. As a result of the team’s effort River Haven will have recruited a group of regular customers.
Geoff Ormandy
Motueka Masters Golf Association

The extra mile

Just like to thank you for your hospitality on Sunday, and also for going the extra mile getting the owner to come say a few words. Much appreciated.

Jenny Conlon
Nelson Vintage Car Club

Best eating and ambiance

We had such a lovely lunch on Thursday, it was our best eating and ambiance setting we have had for a long while. We will be back.

Ellen & John

Fantastic service, food, and lovely surroundings

Thank you to you all on Sunday 21st May for making my day so enjoyable. Thank you for my little treats and beautiful bottle of bubbles. 🍾 Fantastic service, food, and lovely surroundings.

Myfanwy Srmaine

A successful harvest

Thank for the opportunity and here’s to this being the first of many successful harvests and years to come, all the best to you all at River Haven and the other volunteers.

Elly Shaw

A grape day out!

We had so much fun! Music, food, sunshine, laughs, new friends, old friends and watching the sunrise. Thanks for a grape day out River Haven.

Jackie Butler

An awesome community

Thank you River Haven crew for an awesome community event!! Met great people, great sounds all weekend, lots of laughs and positivity!! Thoroughly enjoyed it, will be down for next year’s harvest too!!

Corrie Chambers

So much fun and laughter

We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. So much fun and laughter. We will definitely be back for the next harvest.

Amanda & Chris Thorne

A Great Destination

Such a great destination, thanks for an amazing lunch.

Brenda Grant

Awesome Day Out

An awesome day out. Thanks for hosting us.

Julie Bennett

A Great Day!

Was a great day, thank you for organising. Awesome lunch as well.

Robyn Welsh

The Porsche Club

I wish to express my sincere thanks for the way you received our Porsche Club Members for lunch at River Haven yesterday. I was particularly impressed with the extra effort you had gone to with the video of Porsche cars and the appropriate magazine on the table. It was a very pleasant place to spent an afternoon with people sharing the same passion. Thank you.

Paul Heywood
The Porsche Club

Mother’s Day

Absolutely thrilled to win the Mother’s Day treat for my Mum. Collected from Motueka in the Rolls-Royce, Fantastic driver Sir Bert. Spoiled my Mum with a bunch of 💐 flowers. Hilarious props: Washing Machine as I commented how my Mum does my washing as I live in a tiny-house. Handsome and helpful waiter, delicious food and great coffee ☕️ and a lovely wee gift 🎁 Will definitely be back. Thanks for a magic day.

Vickie's Originals, Nelson

VIP Early Mother’s Day Lunch

We were treated to a wonderful right-royal vip early Mother’s Day lunch, complete with door-to-door pickup and drop-off with lights and sirens blazing in the defender. gorgeous bouquet of flowers, champagne and a divine meal! Thank you so much to the team at River Haven, you have made my year!

Margy Brereton

Good Vibes

Stopped by for lunch – great food, friendly excellent service, beautiful setting, tasty wine and good vibes! Highly recommend!

Alexia Fell

Food & Coffee was so good!

Called for lunch while out on our motorcycles 3 weeks ago, the food and coffee was so good I took a group of friends for lunch on Sunday. Thanks for the great service and food. Had a coffee from the cart this time.

Barry Ward

Great service

We enjoyed lunch at this beautiful venue. Great service, gorgeous setting and fabulous food. Definitely will be back!

Caroline Eastmond

Good food & good service

Good food, good service and a lovely view. Loved it😊

Rita Miller

A very welcoming space

My friends and I went along to the opening of this restaurant and I have to say, what a great time we had. The food was excellent and the service was great. They really have done an awesome job, the place has been renovated and has been made into a very welcoming space and it’s in such a beautiful setting.

Kim Allred

Very welcoming & friendly hosts

Great coffee & delicious chocolate slice. Very welcoming & friendly hosts. We’ll be back!! 👏🏼⭐️😋

Deborah Anne Moleta

Fabulous, friendly & fun!

What a fabulous, friendly and fun coffee/food truck in Ngātīmoti, just what the Valley needs. Well worth a visit. 😀

Rachel Simpson

A taste of


Ngatimoti is the most beautiful place in New Zealand. Don't believe us? Come by for a wine and watch the bees make their way through the vineyard, or grab a coffee and sit by the stunning Motueka River as it gently flows to bring life downstream. This is a place to be grateful for our existence and the wonders of nature.

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