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The Whaler

$$ - $$$, ,
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good45%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak special” (17 reviews)
“ribs” (24 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 17 January 2018 via mobile

Arrived around 8.00 was hard to get a table and was told food would be an hours wait. Which was fine since we were having a drink and a game of pool. Starters came within 30mins sea food chowder came with garlic bread was lovely...More

Thank Beckyboucheron
Reviewed 15 January 2018

I could not believe how rude they were being here. I understand it was New Years day and they weren't happy to be working but they were being so rude to everyone in line so I shouldn't have been surprised when they weren't nice to...More

Thank Meira E
Reviewed 13 January 2018

Stopped in for dinner, service was okay. My main came out about 10 mins before my partners which is a bit annoying. Food was good pub grub. Got a cheeky game of pool in too.

Thank SOTL2017
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

Was told an hour wait for food. Ordered 2x hand made “gourmet” burgers, asked for rare. Food arrived 15 mins later.. standard well done catering pack burgers etc. Poor all round

Thank Pcroberts
Reviewed 8 January 2018

2 of us age 25+. We first wet to pub next door- no problem. As soon as we enter the Whalers we were asked for ID's.... again we are over 25 and what more we certainly don't look under 18 - use common sense! But...More

1  Thank we_die_young
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

Nice pub, hard to get a table, mussels were amazing, fish and chips good too, good range of beers on tap.

Thank Litenfagel88
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We visited because of the reviews on trip advisor but we were fiercely disappointed. We are a Kiwi family and were excited about “normal”pub food. Our hopes were soon deflated by the unseasoned steak, tasteless fries and mushroom sauce that clearly came from a can....More

Thank jgeare
hskaik, Manager at The Whaler, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2018

Thank you for your review. Very sorry you were fiercely dissappointed. We'll keep working on the "comeback". The mushrooms are fresh and not from a can.

Reviewed 30 December 2017

If you like a burger or a steak you can‘t do anything wrong here. And it is also a nice place just to drink one of their many beers. Just don‘t expect anything fancy - you get what you see. When we were there the...More

Thank Henning J
Reviewed 29 December 2017 via mobile

We had dinner at the Whaler, had their Porterhouse steak and it was great. We had to share a dessert as a whole one wouldn’t fit anymore. The apple crumble was good but the creme brûlée felt a bit old, I t was slightly warm...More

Thank wlubbers
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

The place is FUN! Jukebox, lots of wood, great beer selection. Well, the food itself is three stars only. Heavy, greasy, the singapore noodles with the fish of the day were just horrible... oh well. Go for drinks only.

Thank ghanbg
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
3:00 pm - 3:00 am
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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