We are a family friendly bar and eatery located in Whatawhata (7 mins west of Hamilton, heading towards Raglan). 

The Whatawhata Hotel/Bridge Hotel/Whatawhata Tavern/The Backyard Bar & Eatery has been part of the village of Whatawhata since the 1800's.

154 years on The Backyard Bar & Eatery is still a place for people to have a drink and hang out with friends and enjoy themselves - as it always has been.  But it is now so much more - live music, sport, food, family and community are the key ingredients.

Roger and Krissy bought the rundown tavern at the end of 2016 after living locally and seeing the potential the place had.  They bought life and fun back into the place and it became a destination pub for the people of the Waikato and beyond.

During the Covid-19 lockdown of 2020, the team worked hard to transform the place from a dated tavern into a functional, warm and inviting place.



Contact us with any queries you have.

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