Owners of the Manutahi Hotel are calling for a speed restriction in the area after a car ploughed through the building this morning.
William Boyd Rupapera said he was watching golf when the car crashed through the hotel, now a private dwelling, just before 1am.
"I thought it was an earthquake," he said.
"Then I opened the lounge door and the corner of the house was in the middle of the road."
Mr Rupapera said there had been several crashes in the area recently, and he had already asked the council to reduce the speed limit.
"There's been numerous accidents," Mr Rupapera said.
"I've tried to get a speed restriction and now this has happened."
Currently the area is a 100kph zone.
Constable Campbell Coulton said the 29-year-old man, who was driving north from Wellington, lost control in the wet conditions.
Mr Coulton said alcohol was not a factor in the crash an police inquires into the cause were continuing.
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