Our Hotel History, Heartland Hotel Croydon
Built in 1964, the Croydon Lodge was opened by the Minister of Agriculture, Hon B. E. Talboys who welcomed the hotel as a key reason for people to “stay the night” rather than aim to be in town by midday “so they could do their business and move on”*.
Owned and constructed by the Mataura Licensing Trust, the design of the lodge was said to bring public drinking facilities ‘out from behind frosted windows’ – one of the first local public bars to be proudly open.
Since then, the hotel has undergone a number of renovations and refurbishments, including the addition of 17 rooms next to the public golf course. These rooms are now popular for families and long-haul drivers as they provide plenty of space and ample parking right outside the door.
The hotel’s conference facilities were completely refurbished in the early 1990s and the hotel now annually hosts many large conferences and conventions, particularly for the farming and agriculture sectors.
*Quoted from The Ensign, 12 December 1964