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The Pier Hotel Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand
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1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 5037
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were able to get a very nice meal here at the historic hotel whilst staying nearby. Good to see the place busy.

Thank mikeandsuan
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a lovely meal, pub was busy and we hadn't booked but we were given a choice of tables (we sat outside to admire the view ). Food arrived swiftly and was delicious. Good portion sizes and excellent value for money. First visit for us and definitely won't be the last.

Thank Foonamoo
Christchurch, New Zealand
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nearly drove on past this ordinary looking pub, until the model ships in the windows suggested something more interesting. Recovering from seasickness, I ordered only a bowl of seafood chowder. Firstly I was very impressed with the service, then the chowder - WOW! Flavour! My teenage son commented, 'these are the best chips I've ever had!' We stayed for dessert... More 

Thank BMWreview
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank you for yet again an amazing dining experience. All our meals were amazing in presentation and taste. Every time we visit it seems to be the same. They did forget one desert but it came out quickly after asking why it hadn't arrived.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christchurch, New Zealand
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My wife and I both enjoyed the FIsh of the Day dish on a recent Sunday night at this popular hotel restaurant with a view over the sea towards Kaikoura township and the mountains. We had the gurnard special which was matched with a spicy mini-chunks of vegetables and a little salmon crouton perched on top. Service was excellent. We... More 

Thank russellgallagher
Christchurch, New Zealand
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Pier Hotel had been recommended to us on our first night in Kaikoura and it proved to be a great place for a casual meal. We sat inside but with views out to sea and ordered seafood chowder and a half crayfish each. A perfect meal for aenjoying in a seaside location on a fine summer's day. The staff... More 

Thank JRD1000
San Francisco, California
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58 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot right on the water. Good food, beer and service. Fun swing set and trampoline for the kids. We camped overnight in the parking lot in our campervan for an extra fee. Super fun.

Thank ATWforfun
Newcastle, Australia
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73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Incredible view from this hotel, with lovely outdoor seating also. Food was great, emphasis on local seafood but still reasonably priced. We had the fish special and a half local crayfish. Both amazing! Good wine list and has been nicely renovated.

Thank maxfield
St Ives, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband & I had a lovely walk to this pub from our town accomadation. It was full of people eating and sitting outside having drinks.We got there around 830pm and was able to get some lovely food, which was served promptly by friendly staff. When asked if we wanted desert, around 930pm, we we told 'it's always possible to... More 

Thank Nora_Ni1975
Huntsville, Alabama
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in to grab a local meal and beer. Did not disappoint and had an interesting chat with locals about the changing seabed after the Nov 2016 earthquake.

Thank LdyKat88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$27
Seafood, European, Pub, Soups, New Zealand
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 Avoca Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Kaikoura
  • Phone Number: +64 3-319 5037
The site is superb and undoubtedly the best outlook in Kaikoura, with panoramic vistas of the Kaikoura Ranges and sweeping views of Ingals' Bay from the bar, balcony and restaurant. Come and see for yourself.The Pier Hotel has been under new management as of 1st October 2013, so come on in and have a beer, try our menu (with fabulous desserts) made fresh each day for lunch and dinner, we would love to see you! Reservations advised for evening dining.

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