About ‘The Vic’; Continuing a Grand Tradition

For almost 150 years a version of The Victoria Tavern has served the people of Petone, and the Hutt Valley – it has fed, watered and kept the secrets of all who have ventured through since 1888! 

‘The Vic’ is an institution in Petone – it served as a watering hole for the early settlers of Petone, closed at 6.00pm for the factory workers of the 1940s and '50s,  was a meeting place for freezing workers and sports people through the 1970s and '80s - and it is now here to look after you.

The latest incarnation was completed in February 2020 – a renovation that included restoring elements of the building removed over the years,  restrengthening the building for earthquake safety and opening up the building to let natural light in.

The result was a light, open space with a dedicated dining area, outdoor courtyards and comfortable bar area.

With a range of tap beers, cocktails and wine accompanied with a menu highlighting the best that New Zealand produces, ‘The Vic’ has become a popular destination along Jackson Street.

The original Victoria Hotel in 1875. It stood on the same site as its modern-day counterpart. Note that at this time Victoria Street was the 'main street' of Petone. Its 'north/south' orientation and exposure to the prevailing winds soon made this impractical and Jackson Street subsequently became the principal street.

The Victoria Hotel circa 1888

The Victoria Hotel circa 1888.

‘The Vic’ in the '70s.