Tēnā koutou katoa,
After many years in the hospitality and business areas, living in both Auckland and Australia, we decided on a change in pace and lifestyle that fit our personality and family. The Historic Hurunui Hotel really appealed to us at first glance so we moved from our home in Auckland to Hurunui in September 2016. After two months, we experienced first-hand the November quake that closed the hotel shortly after.
With help from our community, friends, and whanau we opened next door at the Blacksmiths and will soon open the new Hurunui Hotel in the Stables bar. On Waitangi Day 2017 we held a blessing to acknowledge the Hotel and its history. We are not sure what the future holds for the hotel but we are starting afresh in Blacksmiths and Stables. Despite some challenges, we love it here. The warmth of the people and the land is beautiful.
Maryanne, Eruera and Sean Madden