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The Whaler

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
15:00 - 03:00
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did not stay, too cold, too dark and too noisey with background music. Old fashioned interior and slack service at the bar.

Thank Frances195522
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125 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here on the advice of some locals and whilst the food and service was good it wasn't great. This is in comparison to our experience of the pier hotel which is much more sophisticated...the quality just wasn't there. But it was still a nice experience.

Thank Jennya0701
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167 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice bar can't fault. Gets more lively as the night goes on. Jukebox is great. Pool table is available to. Didn't eat but food looked good. Prices seems about right too

Thank Pete H
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for a drink and decided to stay for dinner. We arrived early enough to be offered a promo where the bar staff flip a coin and you gamble on your drink being free! We ended up paying for 1 drink in 4, result! Great gimmick and encouraged us to stay longer and have dinner. Lovely menu and the... More 

Thank Beth L
Seneca, South Carolina
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457 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

We were staying for a couple of days and our host suggested that we try the Whaler for a good meal at a reasonable price. It looks like a place that the locals enjoy so we gave it a try. We had the porterhouse steak special. It was good and it came with fries and a small salad. It was... More 

Thank Bill Y
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Mussels, porterhouse steak, mushroom sauce, kids fish n chips, lots of options for seating so was good to find a quieter space for our meal.

Thank YoungMum11
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Good place for a family meal. Portions were enormous. Setting was a bit dark. Generally okay though!

Thank Rachel F
Clevedon, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Following long drive to Kaikoura, needed a meal. First appearance was a bit of a rough pub, but overall great service, steaks were brilliant and good selection of beers. Locals a bit lively, but friendly.

Thank The_Dizzys
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124 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

We had had a long drive into Kaikoura and wanted a quick meal. The Whaler is on the main high street and is largely a pub / restaurant. The wine selection was ok but it is more of a pub. We had fish and chips and they were great - just what we needed at the end of a long... More 

Thank Bellatravelscom
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

We had a beautiful lunch there with a few cold ones and a piece of cheesecake...simply awesome 🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰🍰

Thank traceyr550

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?