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Heartland World Heritage Hotel, Haast

Dwarfed by the mountains, rivers, beaches and lush rainforest of the South Westland World Heritage Area, our Heartland World Heritage Hotel provides the perfect resting spot for travellers and adventurers alike.

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Heartland World Heritage Hotel sits on the doorstep of a unique world heritage area. Located in Haast Junction, four kilometres from Haast township in south Westland, we offer the ideal place to stopover and explore this incredible area, en route between the West Coast and the southern lakes. Haast is a place of absolute beauty, with untouched beaches and rugged glacial valleys. Take the time to treat yourself to the tranquility that this sparsely populated area offers.

Within this area you will find ancient forests, mighty glaciers, rare wildlife, wild coastlines and perhaps even a new sense of awe and appreciation for the natural world around us. Our warm, comfortable accommodation and 'country pub' style café and bar, has all you need to rest, refuel and relax during your adventures.

Heartland World Heritage Hotel is pleased to welcome you to the Westland World Heritage Area - one of the most untouched environments in New Zealand.  

Heartland World Heritage Hotel Location

If you are travelling to the West Coast and need to find out about road closures you can visit the Transit NZ website or call them on 0800 44 44 49


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Lat: 43° 51' 30.9816" S
Lon: 169° 2' 33.504" E

Heartland World Heritage Hotel Facilities

For your convenience the Heartland World Heritage Hotel offers...

The Frontier Cafe & Bar The Waitoto Room Restaurant Arawata Bar Conference Facilities Complimentary Guest Parking Guest Laundry & Laundry Services Wireless Internet Access

Sky TV in Frontier Cafe & Bar Visitor Information & Booking Service

Heartland World Heritage Hotel Room Amenities

The Heartland World Heritage Hotel has 54 rooms comprising of 48 standard rooms plus two family rooms featuring separate bedrooms and four budget rooms. All are non-smoking.

Rooms include:

TV Hair Dryer Ironing Facilities Tea and Coffee Making Facilities Wireless Internet Access

*Some facilities may not be available in all room types.


The Waitoto Room, Frontier Café & Bar and the Arawata Bar

The Frontier Café & Bar offers a 'country pub' style. Talk to the locals and enjoy the atmosphere, as you refuel or unwind during your stay in Haast.

Opening Hours

Start the day with buffet breakfast in The Waitoto Room (also open seasonally for dinner) open from 6am, call in to the Frontier Café & Bar for lunch and evening dining open from 11am till later for a meal or a few drinks and game of pool. The Arawata Bar is open seasonally in conjunction with The Waitoto Room which offers a cozy escape to while away the evening.

Rugged West Coast cuisine

The West Coast has its share of tasty treats from the surrounding rugged natural environment, from game meats to the famous West Coast whitebait. With either buffet dining (seasonal) from our carvery in the Waitoto Room to our casual café and hearty pub style fare in the Frontier Café & Bar we will ensure that you leave happy and contented.

See below for a sample of our localised menu:

The Frontier Café & Bar Menu


Heartland World Heritage Hotel

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Our Hotel History, Heartland World Heritage 
Hotel Haast

Before a hotel was even considered on this site, it was the local alcohol supply point for fishermen from Jackson Bay. Orders would be regularly taken and relayed to the Cromwell pub – a couple of crates for each fisherman was the usual order. The weekly bus carrying mail and passengers over the Haast Pass to the West Coast would drop off the drink orders – a dozen crates or so of beer, all labeled with the names of those who had ordered them. Often the crates would sit on the side of the road for up to a week, as the fishermen would be out in the Tasman Sea plying their trade. But they could be sure their orders would still be sitting there, on the side of the road, waiting for them on their return.

The Haast Hotel was built in the 1960s and originally comprised the Selbourne Wing and a Restaurant and Administration block. The Landsborough Wing was built in 1970 and the hotel has undergone progressive building and renovation projects since then.

The hotel, like the area, has attracted some interesting and colourful personalities.

Joe and Marcia Martini managed the hotel under the DB brand. The ‘pub dog’, the Martini’s red setter, would catch the daily bus from the corner – the same bus that used to drop off the beer – and the bus driver would let the dog out some 5-10km from the pub, letting the dog run it’s way home. A very ‘Coast’ form of exercising the dog!

Marcia had a quirky sense of humour – travellers would occasionally see her out at the pub washing line, adorned in wetsuit, flippers and mask and snorkel, hanging the hotel laundry on the line.

Mike Chibnall later owned and managed the property and was known to sit at the corner of the bar every night and smoke his way through a couple of packets of cigarettes – something that would be unheard of today. He also had a penchant for a certain whiskey and had a singular dislike of footwear.

A group of investors from Queenstown took over ownership of the hotel in 2003 and invested in refurbishment and repair as the property had become rundown. The Southwestland environment is very harsh and constant maintenance is essential for all private and commercial buildings.

Scenic Hotel Group took over the management of the hotel in December 2008 when it became the Heartland World Heritage Hotel

in recognition of its magnificent location in the heart of the World Heritage Te Wahipounamu site that encompasses the Aoraki / Mount Cook, Fiordland, Mount Aspiring and Westland National Parks. 


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Haast-Jackson Bay Road,
Haast 7886
Ph: +64 3 750 0828
haast@heartlandhotels.co.nz

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