our story

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!

kids only

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.

Kids milkshake at The Homestead Restaurant
Children dining at The Homestead Invercargill
Child with birthday cake

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.

functions area

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.

Bar area at The Homestead Restaurant
Main bar at The Ave Sports Bar
Glass of beer at The Homestead Restaurant

our bar

  • North facing covered outdoor area
  • TAB
  • Sports on TV’s
  • Pool Table
  • Dartboards
  • Live entertainment
  • Friendly staff

work with us

If you’re interested in joining the best team in town we’d love to hear from you! Please send us your CV and cover letter to: info@avenalhomestead.co.nz

Bar staff at The Homestead Restaurant

A few notes on our awesome kid’s birthday parties:

  • For health and safety reasons, we require 1 adult for every 5 children
  • Latest booking time: 6:30 pm
  • We can help to supply a cake for your party, however, we just need a bit of notice to be able to organise something scrumptious – please allow us at least 24 hours to make the magic happen.