The reincarnated version of The Waimate Hotel in the small township of Manaia is up for sale. The historic pub and hotel had been operating on the same site for 110-years before burning down in 2016. However, The Waimate Hotel was rebuilt in 2017, with a rejuvenated building standard and a brand new fire sprinkler system.
The township of Manaia was reported to have around 960 people living there, according to the 2013 New Zealand Census, with the nearest watering hole being located some 15 kilometres away in Hawera. The premises are licensed to serve up to 150 patrons and contains many of the classic pub adornments and features; a sports-themed bar, a six-machine gaming room, a casual dining area, a bottle store, a two-bedroom accommodation unit, as well as a separate laundromat service.
The social hub of the town, salespeople Alan Johnston and Iain Taylor said that The Waimate Hotel was an excellent opportunity for any business owner. “It’s an unpretentious country pub which is in the early stages of developing a new era of history and heritage from scratch—some 110-years after its first iteration,” said Johnston. “The spirit of the pub though remains the same.” The venue is for sale by tender through Bayleys Taranaki.