Welcome to The Tavern
The Gibbston Tavern sits in the heart of Central Otago in the deep south of New Zealand and has a rich history going back to the gold mining days of the 1800’s.
Meet the Robertsons! Pete, Karine,Sami, Rylee and of course Hank the Tank.
Karine and Pete have over 20 years experience in the Hospitality industry so know a thing or 2 about pouring a Pint.
Sami and Rylee will be joining us on occasion and learning the Family business
We are very excited to to Join the Gibbston Valley Community and getting to know you all.
We are open 7 days a week and would love to hear from you regarding your upcoming event so we can create a package just for you.
Contact us to discuss your next get together.
We really look forward to seeing you all at the Gibbston Tavern!
Monday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Thursday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am - 8.00 pm
Saturday 11.00 am - 8.00 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 6.00 pm
Open late for dinner by request for tables of 4 or more
There is a long and colourful history of the Gibbston Tavern, including many familiar family names and characters. The following is an extract from “The Gibbston Story” by Anne Cook.
“There were once five hotels in Gibbston..” former resident G. P. Enright recalled, “but some of them were not very popular with the public.”
One establishment that did enjoy a first class reputation for hospitality was the Gibbston Tavern at Deep Creek. The single-storey wooden hotel, built in the gold rush days, catered for the many miners tramping the Cromwell-Queenstown road. It was situated near the foot of Coalpit Road on the licensed business area allowed by mining regulations.
It was a prime spot to attract business, as from 1867 the coach road went right past the hotel’s front door. Set in a sunny, sheltered valley beside Deep Creek, it inevitably tempted all passers-by, no matter which way they were heading. When a wagon was sighted coming downhill
towards the hotel, the groom would rush out with a bucket of water for the lead horses: if the leaders were thirsty, usually the driver was, too.
The Scheib Family, whose descendants still live in the Wakatipu area, owned the business in the early 1870s, as well as a coal-pit nearby and the tavern has changed hands several times over the years since. Disaster struck one windy day early in 1912 when sparks from live ashes were blown under the tavern's verandah and eventually set the hotel alight destroying it and the adjoining cottages.
Whilst some original stone buildings dating back to the 1800's have survived, The Gibbston Tavern as it stands today was built in 2011.