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Pig and Whistle Historic Pub

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$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Cnr Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
+64 7-347 3025
11:30 - 01:30
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 22:00
Tue - Wed 11:30 - 22:30
Thu 11:30 - 00:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 01:30
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place for a meal or just a beer. The live music Friday and Saturday and excellent and free. The food is good and plenty of it enough to fill anyone's belly.

Thank RogertheDog
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited tonight with a group of people aged in their 30's and sadly one of our group was pulled aside and asked for proof of her age, being of Asian descent of course she looks younger than the rest of our group. She showed them her Australian drivers licence but apparently they don't accept these even though this is allowed... More 

Thank Joh R
Tauranga, New Zealand
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176 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Love Pig & Whistle. The life music is awesome, the beer selection and food is really good to. Definitely a have to go, after a great day in Rotorua for a beer and listen to good music!

Thank Isabell8785
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here with friends on a Friday night. Meals are absolutely massive and taste amazing. The chefs were really onto it and the bar staff were charming. Will return many times

Thank Bryan W
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great little pub for dinner and to catch up on AFL highlights after 2 weeks in NZ! Very busy place but efficiently run and we were told the meal wait would be 35mins before we ordered! Food was tasty and filling. Beers were yummy! Great place for families.

Thank Kerry G
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely old building. Staff friendly. Bit of a wait but very busy. Comfortable atmosphere. worth it the wait.

Thank Sheryn B
Newcastle, Australia
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93 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

All good for a family dinner during a recent stay. Good choice of menu items and kids meals too. Quality good and size of meals massive so you won't go home hungry. We sat in the tent annex area which was a little noisy . Heaters were on so comfortable though. Try the ribs - the large size could feed... More 

Thank thefunfive
Auckland Region, New Zealand
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Unlike the other reviews my experience at the 'Pig and Whistle' was less than satisfactory. As a celiac it is important I eat GF so when it is offered on the menu I expect to get GF food. When my meal arrived it was loaded with gluten noodles.. not what I ordered. The staff promptly 'replaced' my meal only to... More 

1 Thank dutchamanda
Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this review

Agree - Totally unacceptable. More 

Hastings, New Zealand
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Rang up to book in advance only to be told there's lots of room and no need to make a reservation. Get there 15 mins later and they told us they were fully booked and we couldn't be served. Totally disappoint and the man at the door greeting people was absolutely rude and obnoxious! Would not recommend or even attempt... More 

Thank MoonChld
Gregg_Brown, Owner at Pig and Whistle Historic Pub, responded to this review

Hi MoonChld. We are a walk in restaurant. We dont take bookings - sorry this was not conveyed correctly. Believe it or not this place can fill up in 15 minutes. The man at the door is normally polite and friendly. If we were very busy AND unable to accommodate you, he may have felt somewhat under pressure. Do you... More 

Cambewarra, Australia
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for a really comfortable venue with excellent pub food The Pig & Whistle is a great choice. It's located in the Rotorua CBD, the decor is gorgeous and the food even better! It's a really comfortable place to sit down and relax with a cider and a snitzel. One of the best meals we had in... More 

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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
Average prices
US$10 - US$24
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 01:30
11:30 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cnr Haupapa and Tutanekai Streets, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
  • Phone Number: +64 7-347 3025
Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940's architecture, the Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with a great history. Our friendly staff will make your visit one you'll want to repeat. Monteith's, Heineken, Tiger, Erdinger & Black Dog as well as three Ciders on tap, a fantastic range of New Zealand wines. Our pub menu includes favourites like Seafood Chowder, New Zealand Lamb Salad and Pork Spare Ribs and we cater to children also. And there are our world famous piggy fries! Our Snack Menu is available from 11.30am till Close, 7 Days a week and we have a great selection of desserts. The Pig & Whistle has live bands every Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Find out the up and coming bands on our Entertainment page. And we have big screen Hi Definition Sky Digital TV - catch your favourite sports on one of the big screens.

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