We had a good, well cooked fish and chips at The Whaler. This is a pub which serves hearty portions of decent, no frills food. Along with a host of decent beers. Reasonable prices too, with two mains and a couple of drinks coming in at $65. So if it’s fine dining, then that’s not what you’ll get. But if you’re after something decent after a day out at sea, then this isn’t a bad option. Service was honestly slow - before we ordered we were told about a half hour wait on food. And that’s how long it took to come out.
It’s got a decent ambience, and somehow seems to balance the tourist trade with locals playing pool and having a decent drink. Nice wood panelling inside too. So if you want an informal, relaxed Kaikoura meal then give this a go.