The old Leigh Hotel is looking pretty fabulous these days. Leigh Central (as it is now known) celebrated the completion of their Function Centre in December with the very special wedding of owners Jasmin and Alan Macdonald’s son Sam to his sweetheart Chrissy. Family and friends from all over New Zealand celebrated in the Seaview Room, with its panoramic views across the Hauraki Gulf.
The Macdonalds, with their friends and business partners Heather and Ian Johnson-Lee, arrived from Wellington early in 2016 and have been working non-stop to transform the once derelict fisherman’s pub into a facility which now includes: five Coastels (vintage bach style motels), the Function Centre with the Courtyard Lounge (for 50 people), the Seaview Room and Deck (for 150 people) and a Motorhome Park for self-contained vehicles.
As well as building a vibrant multi-faceted business, the new owners have enjoyed a warm welcome from the local community who are keen to see Leigh revitalised.
“With this facility we can host mid-week corporate events, particularly in the winter season. Being just one hour from Auckland we can provide a terrific ‘away from the office’ experience, with our function rooms, accommodation and heaps to do right on our doorstep,” says Alan.
Already Leigh Central has hosted birthday celebrations, a corporate training day and a local church’s film night. People can choose to hire just the venue or hire onsite furniture, crockery, sound, lighting and decorations.
“People are happy that they can create their own personal or corporate events in such lovely laid back surroundings.”
Stage three of the project, due to be ready for Spring 2018, has plans for an ablution block and five boatshed style cabins. Once work on the site is complete, plans for a Sunday market specialising in seafood, produce and artisan crafts will be on the agenda.
Check out their Facebook page and get in touch for a no obligation chat about how you can ‘create your own event’ at Leigh Central.
Totara Road Leigh