Fodor's Expert Review Theatre Royal Hotel Kumara
Even though it's a 20-minute drive from either Hokitika or Greymouth, on the main State Highway 73, this popular spot draws locals from both towns. Built in 1876 during the heady Kumara gold rush days, the hotel fell into disrepair as Kumara township dwindled severely. Owners Kerrie and Mark Fitzgibbon spent two years restoring the property, and now the place hums. Local cured bacon, venison patties, wild pork sliders, house-made pies, and salads all vie for choice on the brunch/lunch menu. Bar snacks and baked goods are on offer all day, and dinner steps up with a small but stylish selection of appetizers (a little fish pie, or local Blackball chorizo perhaps?), mains, and desserts. The menu changes with the season but you can guarantee top-quality beef, wild venison, salmon, and beer-battered fish-and-chips. There's also a great locals' bar scene with live music and community events. Be sure to wander around the village, reading the information panels telling of its rich history.
81 Seddon St., Kumara
Hokitika, West Coast 7832, New Zealand