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Pig and Whistle Historic Pub

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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
Closed now
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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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Rotorua, New Zealand
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

We called into The Pig & Whistle to have lunch on a cold, wet & windy winter's day. We went through to the back where there was a lovely open fire burning and it was toasty warm. We ordered our meals & then I noticed that there was a "special" on of slow cooked lamb leg so I asked if... More 

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

Thank you for the review. Lamb Shanks have been especially popular. We figure there is nothing better on a winters day. Chef has done us proud. More 

Great Barrier Island, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Lovely pub with a great ambience. Was cold outside but nice, warm and welcoming. Had the steak and kidney pie pot with mash...delicious. Friendly staff.

Thank HippyPippy
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The atmosphere is friendly great bar staff ,big screen TV in every room so you won't miss the game. Food menu is comprehensive , even vegetarian meals . Good place to chill out .

Thank vernsletterbox
Wellington, New Zealand
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18 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

Perfect dinning for 3 adults on a Friday night Food drinks live music an rugby Only down fall is having to order at bar but otherwise was good plates are huge and very filling didn't have room for pudding will need to try next time Lamb steak meal was yum

Thank narnz13
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We visited in the winter and the warm fire was a nice touch. we had dinner and drinks - the steaks were great though the chips were a little on the cold side.

Thank Emma M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

We loved the food and Herbie was a great server for our table. We ate outside and it was very comfortable even in winter. Loved it.

Thank Theodore K
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

what a great little pub, the food was good price, i had the steak which was melt in mouth, the only bad thing was the mash was cold.

Thank Cherie S
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

The meals were huge and good quality, staff were friendly, efficient and professional. Even though most tables were taken there was no waiting. There was a woman playing guitar in the early evening and in the middle of winter this place had a cosy and comfortable feel.

Thank mbroomhead
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Great place with great food and massive portions! Loved it! Service was quick accurate, and the wait was not long at all! Recommended!

Thank Fredrik S
Wellington, New Zealand
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Fabulous place for lunch or dinner - food always comes out quickly and the staff are friendly and helpful. We are regular visitors to Rotorua so have chosen this place as our 'go-to' if we can't decide what we want to eat. Range of dishes is good. Outside area is handy anytime of year - heated well in winter. They... More 

Thank Outriggernz

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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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?