Welcome To The Red Lion Inn

For almost 80 years the Red Lion Inn has graced the beautiful Whanganui River. With picturesque views by day of the Waimarie Paddle Steamer and tree lined banks and the beauty of Whanganui township by night with its esplanade lighting, illuminated trees and historic buildings the Red Lion Inn presents an unmatched glimpse into a bygone era.

Offering great friendly service and fresh food in the Patio Cafe and Sports Bar along with our exceptional Fine Dining Restaurant upstairs and intimate cosy function rooms the Red Lion Inn is the ideal choice for your next catered special gathering, or enjoyable night out with friends and family.

Add craft and imported beers, good ol’ Tui and Export Gold on tap along with a great wine selection, cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, Pool in the Public Bar, wide screen TVs for popular sporting events and a gaming room where winners are grinners the Red Lion Inn is the perfect meeting place that has your every need covered.

We look forward to seeing you at The Red.

Restaurant, Cafe and Bar


Situated upstairs in the upmarket premises. Not only are the views of the river and lights at night spectacular, the food is sublime and the service extraordinary.


Open from 10am both weekdays and weekends, the cafe has alfresco dining, a great selection of NZ wines and craft beer, a welcoming cafe for all. Feel at home by the fire or out on the patio in the sun. 

Public Bar

Great atmosphere and great grub. Come in, meet the locals, play some pool, and sample the beer from Mangatainoka and other beverages, we always have something new to try!

Public Bar

Great atmosphere and great grub. Come in, meet the locals, play some pool, and sample the beer from Mangatainoka and other beverages, we always have something new to try!

Our Menus

Here are a selection of our menus, to see the full list or to download our menus please visit the menus page.


Cafe & Bar

Burger Night

Pasta Night

What’s On

Burger Night

Monday / Tuesday from 5.30pm

Quiz Night

Wednesdays 6.15pm. Teams of 6 – 8

Pasta Night

Thursdays from 5.30pm


Durie Hill Elevator & Tunnel Dinner


1 day ago

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Grab your besty and come and enjoy a Seafood Platter for 2, were open tonight for dinner from 5:00 PM. ...

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Come and shake the cold morning blues with coffee and breakfast by the fire till 2:00PM. ...

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Next Event

Durie Hill Elevator & Tunnel Fundraising Dinner

6 Course Degustation Dinner, 31st August, 6:30pm. Tickets going fast, call to book today on 06 348 4080.

Functions are our speciality

We have private clean function rooms available

Functions are our speciality with rooms overlooking the Wanganui River, all with their own unique style.

Rooms are available for meetings, private dining and parties with good food and great service.

With our unique buffet menu, we cater for anyone and everyone, no matter what the occasion the team at the Red Lion will make it perfect.

Let’s Work Together!

Get in touch to see how we can help with your function or event

Happy Customers

Went for dinner and discovered it was cheap burger night. Since I am doing keto I asked for two burgers, no buns, and swapped the chips for a salad. What they gave me was even better than expected! And it tasted amazing as well. Perfect meal.

Great customer service. Food was amazing. The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming. Would definitely go back.

Large group of us turned up with no notice for lunch. Great service and the food was exceptional. I was concerned I’d be eating average pub food. That wasn’t the case at all. Prawn and garlic salad was fabulous. Good range of Chardonnay and craft beer. Go visit.

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