ILT purchased what was then known as the McDonald Building back in 1945 as accommodation, renaming it The Hotel Avenal. After many renovations and remodels, the look of the gabled homestead was restored in 1983 and it officially opened as The Avenal Homestead Family Restaurant. Described as offering ‘full restaurant service at family prices’, we’re still following that recipe today.
With the solid approach of Manaakitanga and southern hospitality at the forefront of our values, The Homestead has long been the region’s favourite family restaurant. With a complete refurbishment in 2019, we continue to offer a welcoming and relaxed environment where friends and whanau can take the opportunity to create those special, memorable moments.
And yes, the famous choo choo train is still chugging around the restaurant!
Our large dedicated children’s play area includes a state of the art playground structure, specially designed with a focus on children’s safety, learning and the freedom to have fun.
There’s something for the older kids too! Our exciting range of gaming consoles will keep them busy and having fun for hours.
children’s birthday parties
We can help make your child’s birthday a super special time to remember forever. And what’s better, we’ll help you organise a stress-free and affordable event!
Please get in touch with one of our friendly team for more information and bookings.
Before booking your kids birthday party please read our need to know.
For those extra special occasions, we offer a relaxed and inviting atmosphere in a more secluded part of the restaurant, with an area that opens up to a covered outdoor courtyard.
We can comfortably seat up to 30 people for private functions and events – get in touch with one of our friendly team for more information.
A few notes on our awesome kid’s birthday parties: