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The Whaler

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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 5 days ago

The bar side of this establishment is very pleasant.A welcoming place to enjoy a drink with rustic wood pub atmosphere. The restaurant not so much. Rather dark and dreary with food to match along with unclean tables(rather sticky) and the staff really don't seem interested...More

Thank MurrayTania J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Not many places to eat in Kaikoura but we were not disappointed here. A pub type place with no airs and graces but very good food and good prices. A good menu to choose from.

Thank Alan P
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We were not disappointed in any of the lunch and dinner venues we chose. The Green Thai curry with King Prwns from Thai Siam was one of the best I have had.

Thank Mcconachiejean
Reviewed 19 May 2018

The atmosphere was fine, menu seemed promising. Unfortunately, when we went to order they informed us it would be 45 minutes for our food because they just took an order for a big party....fine....then they were out of the menu item we even wanted, the...More

Thank staycfayc
Reviewed 19 May 2018

Yes its a restaurant in a pub, so noisy and sport on tv everywhere you looked, but the food was really well cooked, we both had the famous porterhouse steak. Not too badly cooked although the mushroom sauce was more a gravy, but a very...More

Thank Kathleen S
Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

Got here very late but food was good. Service was quick and kids enjoyed their meals. Generous portions. I was hesitant to come in after reading the bad reviews but was surprised at the quick service and good food. Porter house steak highly recommend and...More

Thank Prisila T
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Was happy to find this place open late at the end of a long day. My family and I dined there. 3 of us had the porthouse, one chicken greek salad and one chicken/bacon meal. Everyone was very happy with their meals. Our server was...More

Thank Posey A
Reviewed 18 April 2018

A rustic but practical place to eat if you want pub food. Portions are a bit too much for the average Brit but the food is well prepared and plentiful. Good choice of NZ beers and pleasant staff. A good choice if you want a...More

Thank supertaf
Reviewed 18 April 2018

Great selection of beers on tap and great meals! We loved this pub! Nice and warm inside on a cold night or day also.

Thank Kath M
Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Good pub grub. Large servings with quick service. Lots of fries with all the meals. Decore is a little tired.

Thank Kim S
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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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids
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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