the flight of the swan


The White Swan hotel actually began life as a New Zealand railways administration block at the Woburn Railyard in Lower Hutt. At its 1970s peak there were over a thousand men working at Woburn, but little did they know that this big wooden building would one day be a country pub.

In December 2002 the building was relocated over the Rimutaka ranges in six pieces on the back of a few very large trucks. One of the six pieces almost didn’t make it, skewing off the back off its truck and teetering on the edge of the hill, closing the road for eight hours.

Needless to say this rogue piece was rescued from oblivion and all six pieces that started the journey were carefully pieced back together and fully restored to create the magnificent hotel that now takes pride of place on the 125 year old main street of Greytown.


stay at the swan & discover our village


Mysterious and alluring, the grandeur of a bygone era is captured in our sumptuous suites, themed to offer a unique experience. we also offer well appointed studios at the swan, offering views out onto the park and the oak trees that adorn the area. 

Explore our cycle trails that meander through the countryside and past rolling green pastures. walk the river trail and pack your togs for a summer swim in the Ruamahanga. tire the little ones from a trip to our fun filled park. oh and don't forget our retro swimming baths, perfect for those summer days. Take a stroll down our village streets and discover our boutique shops. offering everything from hand made lollies to designer clothing. for those with an appetite for homewares and furniture, we have the best stores around. 

Come and spend a weekend away with us, our village has so much to offer and the white swan provides a stunning base for your stay.

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The latest edition to the White Swan is our all new Village Wine Store. Offering world class wines, stunning tapas, a moody and inspired interior, and a store. The Village Wine Store is run by Greg Williams, ex Global Brand Manager for the Louis Vuittion, Moet and Hennessey group.