The Thistle Inn was built in 1840. she is the oldest hotel in NZ still trading from the original site. In July 1866 she was burnt to the ground but by December the same year she was back operating


Price Range $$ – Reasonable: $8-$10 / $6-$7
Ambience Relaxed atmosphere
Accepts credit cards Yes
Noise level Serene
Licence This venue is licenced

Products and specialities

Fucntions, Conference, Events, Large Bookings


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  • SunClosed
  • HolidaysClosed

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The Thistle inn is a Thorndon institution, with classic decor including polished wooden floors, and a vintage feel. Steeped in history, the thistle inn is New Zealand's oldest surviving tavern. Kiwi favourites on tap, and staff that'll make you feel right at home.

Constantly changing Wellington craft beers on tap.


Historic Wellington pub, almost as old as the city itself! Great if you’re on your way to the stadium or meeting friends post work

Cute cafe/bar/restaurant with a lot of charm