The Bugger Inn

Closed for Winter

Clubhouse Restaurant

The Bugger Inn Pub

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Visit us at 1469 Motueka Valley Highway, Ngatimoti 7196

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Fact: Kiwis love traditional Irish and English pubs. Apparently the only reason Kiwis travel to Europe is to see old architecture and visit a pub (or work in it). Well, have we got exciting news for you guys!

When our construction team were digging the foundations for the new Health Club they unearthed an original pub. Established in 1642 the pub, which had no name, was popular with local residents and early tourists. Indeed, we found a photograph of Abel Tasman leaning on the bar enjoying a pint of ale with some of the locals. Supported by archaeologists, historians, know-alls and general busy bodies our team have restored the old building and relocated it alongside the Clubhouse Restaurant. It was quite a tight fit and when Bert said- “we’ll never get the bugger in” we decided that’s its new name.

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

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

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

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

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