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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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Faro, Portugal
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Food was great, we had 4 choices from the tapas style entree section of the menu. We got a lot of food for a very reasonable price and it was all lovely. Service was great, we sat upstairs on the balcony over looking out to sea, soaking up the sun.

1 Thank Footyems
Deloraine, Australia
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43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We want her for lunch and it was amazing, we both had porterhouse steak and it was great! Very stunning pub

1 Thank HLE-94
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48 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice chilled atmosphere with a couple of pool tables and an outside area. Only came for drinks which were a little more expensive than I thought they would be.

Thank Helie1992
Ashburton, New Zealand
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for a few drinks. We had already eaten elswhere, but saw the meals coming out. They looked pretty good, so we will try this place out next time for a feed. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was relaxing.

1 Thank Philip C
Nelson, New Zealand
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food at reasonable prices, with great pub atmosphere. There are two parts to the venue, one is more pub style, with some seats overlooking the street. If you prefer a quieter, more intimate experience, there is another section that allows for that.

Thank Gabriele K
Speyer, Germany
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It wasn't cozy and everywhere were empty glasses and leftover food. We waited approx. 30 minutes for a bowl of fries and the waitresses were friendly but definitely overextendend :(

Thank Backpackerins
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and popped into the Whaler for a well deserved drink one afternoon after a fabulous Whale Watch tour in Kaikoura. The pub was cool and the beer was cold; the staff and customers were very friendly. The day was hot and they had the windows open to the street and we just drank and watched the world go... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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221 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food was good, and the portions were large. We found that just ordering the entrée and not the main would have sufficed for us. We had to leave a bunch of French fries because there was so much food. I had the mussels which were quite good and my wife had the ribs which were also good. It is... More 

Thank rosieox

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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
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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?