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The Whaler

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W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The food was good and a decent sized portion. Unfortunately the surroundings were a little unclean / dusty. There were flies everywhere and no attempt to control it. Parts of the property were tired and in need of some TLC

Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 2 days ago

We ate here twice and the food was excellent. Huge portions and value for money. Busy on both occasions but service was great. Casual atmosphere

Thank dmorris29
Reviewed 3 days ago

We ate the $20 rump roast special. Good food and great value. Typical day bar atmosphere with good service! TV’s and pool tables if you fancy. Handy centre of town location.

Thank kimhdgsn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was in Kaikoura for the day and we were strolling around and took a chance on The Whaler as it looked busy. We had a plesent evening between ourselves but definitely didn't feel any nice vibes from the staff. They just looked miserable and looked...More

Thank Bairbesfeathers
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the sort of place which,in terms of writing a review, presents something of a challenge.In honesty I would not have chosen it but for the fact that our choice for the evening was unavailable and a quick look at TA suggested it was...More

Thank Mrbunnywunny
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The two girls working at the bar were honestly the most rude and unpleasant people I’ve ever encountered (as someone who has been working in the service industry for many years). I don’t understand how a business can run with staff who have such serious...More

Thank Taylor W
hskaik, Owner at The Whaler, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Very sorry you encountered this. Do you mind let us know the date you came in.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were staying in Kaikours for one night and wanted somewhere to eat. Saw the Whaler and decided to give it a try. Glad we did. The fish and chips were the best we have ever eaten. The portions were huge and unfortunately we had...More

Thank RosinaK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice pub atmosphere (including pool table) and good food in a central location. Have realistic expectations and you won’t be disappointed.

Thank teenlancett
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a general pub place, could do with a bit more of a clean. Service was slow and not unfriendly but not friendly, lets call it neutral. Beer was good, nice and cold, Monteiths Pub. Was reasonably busy whilst we were there, but not that...More

Thank IJArchibald
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely relaxed environment. Good hearty meals. Large seperate areas for eating and entertainment. Kaikoura is the best.

Thank Amy 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
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
3:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m.
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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