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The Whaler

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W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak special” (16 reviews)
“ribs” (19 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After the disaster that was Tiki's Takeaways it was nice to find an eatery in Kaiokoura have it together. I had the huntsman's chicken with mash. Great potatoes. I could have done with a bit more of them - that being said the food was...More

Thank Bee_Xperiences
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So called spicy chicken burger- no spice whatsoever. Dry chicken schnitzel. Huge rings of raw red onion. Bacon varied between burnt black and undercooked. Chips had no seasoning and some were also burnt. Staff were friendly.

Thank Erskie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty standard pub grub. We stopped in for a late lunch & beers. Family ordered the wedges with bacon & cheese, kids chicken nuggets & potato/leek soup. Wedges & nuggets were not homemade. Not sure about the soup. Nice facility. Friendly staff. Clean

Thank JenD99
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came here last night to watch All Blacks game. Porter house Surf & Turf meal was very nice! quiet big portions as well definitely worth a visit, nice staff as well.

Thank 99laviniak
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice pub to wind down after a long drive. The burgers were excellent. Service was friendly and timely. Just what we needed.

Thank isabelisabelisabel
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Myself and some friends went to The Whaler on a Tuesday and it was pretty packed. But we got great service and the food came out pretty quickly, the serving size was massive and definitely worth the price. Plus the garlic bread was great!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Coming from the UK I would described this as good pub food. The food we ordered arrived quickly and offered good value for money. Nice friendly staff.

Thank Beechbuzz
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Had a nice steak with mash and hot chips amazing service also garlic bread was amazing! Great fast service very impressed with friendly polite staff

Thank Bianca T
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

Friendly service and amazing food, not something of which I could fault for the night. Very tasty and worth the price paid. Cooked to perfection.

Thank Matt O
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Not only the normal pub food you would expect, but scampis and scallops as well. Nicely prepared. Good with a black beer. Can't wait to dine there again.

Thank HansenNienke
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Rating summary
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  • Value
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids
Open Hours
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
15:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 3333
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