Story: Hotels and motels

First liquor licence, 1840

New Zealand came under the jurisdiction of the British Crown in 1840. Hotels selling alcohol had to get liquor licences. The first licence was issued to John Johnson of the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Kororāreka (Russell) in the Bay of Islands on 30 October 1840.

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Paul Christoffel, 'Hotels and motels - Hotels in the 19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2023)

Story by Paul Christoffel, published 11 Mar 2010