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The Whaler

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, 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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162 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week 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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456 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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117 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank traceyr550
Faro, Portugal
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Large Irish style bar / restaurant with good selection of beers and wines . Lots of locals in the place so that was a good sign We visited twice during a stay , didn't eat here but the food looked good

Thank Graemejs2014
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

After a challenging drive over the Inland Road from Christchurch we were looking for an uncomplicated place to have a meal. A number of the eating places didn’t open until after 6 pm but The Whaler was thriving and was just what we wanted. Although the bar area was busy there were plenty of other places to sit. The porterhouse... More 

Thank Sandyknees

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, 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
Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?