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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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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 26, 2018 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 January 22, 2018

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 January 21, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Amy S
Reviewed January 17, 2018

Very lively busy venue with good value meals. Reasonably priced. The service was friendly. Caters for all ages and is family friendly.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Arrived around 8.00 was hard to get a table and was told food would be an hours wait. Which was fine since we were having a drink and a game of pool. Starters came within 30mins sea food chowder came with garlic bread was lovely...More

Thank Beckyboucheron
Reviewed January 14, 2018

I could not believe how rude they were being here. I understand it was New Years day and they weren't happy to be working but they were being so rude to everyone in line so I shouldn't have been surprised when they weren't nice to...More

Thank Meira E
Reviewed January 12, 2018

Stopped in for dinner, service was okay. My main came out about 10 mins before my partners which is a bit annoying. Food was good pub grub. Got a cheeky game of pool in too.

Thank SOTL2017
Reviewed January 10, 2018 via mobile

Was told an hour wait for food. Ordered 2x hand made “gourmet” burgers, asked for rare. Food arrived 15 mins later.. standard well done catering pack burgers etc. Poor all round

Thank Pcroberts
Reviewed January 8, 2018

2 of us age 25+. We first wet to pub next door- no problem. As soon as we enter the Whalers we were asked for ID's.... again we are over 25 and what more we certainly don't look under 18 - use common sense! But...More

1  Thank we_die_young
Reviewed January 7, 2018 via mobile

Nice pub, hard to get a table, mussels were amazing, fish and chips good too, good range of beers on tap.

Thank Litenfagel88
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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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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