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The Whaler

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W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 3333
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good44%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak special” (15 reviews)
“ribs” (20 reviews)
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
W End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 7 August 2016

On a wet and windy night in Kaikoura myself and my partner ventured out in search of a couple of drinks and maybe a couple of bar snacks to share. We ended up here, enticed by the fact the chips were labelled as GF my...More

Thank JessMack12
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Just had dinner here after someone leaving said it did good food. They were right! Lovely burger and chips, good selection of beers and really friendly staff. Probably going back to midnight again. Definitely recommend. 👍👍🍻🍻

Thank gary c
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The Porterhouse Steak special offer caught my eye when passing by The Whaler. NZ$25 for a steak meal and a pint of beer - not bad. I can report that our steaks were done as requested. Both were tender and tasty too. A typical pub...More

Thank fy66
Reviewed 28 July 2016

went there to look at the menu and have a drink, menu was basic, do not know what I expected, pub grab, had our drink and left.

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 27 July 2016

We were driving a long distance and was so over service station food so decided to stop here for real food and we were not disappointed. As it was quite late and very cold it was nice to walk into the Whalers with the large...More

Thank Jsabreu
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Good service, great atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant to any tourist visiting. A lovely place to have dinner.

Thank Sophie A
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Best place for a steak and a pint. Pity you gotta wait til 3pm for it to open. Friendly place but can get very busy

Thank Barrelpub
Reviewed 14 July 2016

we found a nice spot to sit and relax, then went back to the counter/bar to order our meal, which arrived soon after. We both had some well prepared seafood. Since we were there in the off-season it was pleasantly quiet with some easy listening...More

Thank kaydoubleyou2016
Reviewed 12 July 2016 via mobile

After three days of travelling from England to New Zealand, all of my family were hugely tired, and our first night's accommodation was in Kaikoura. Given that we flew into Christchurch, this was a long journey and we wanted somewhere with reasonably priced food that...More

Thank TheDeafStar
Reviewed 28 June 2016

We chose to eat dinner at the Whaler on our Friday night in Kaikoura for a few reasons. #1 it was open at 6pm, #2 it's casual and comfortable, #3 seemed like the popular local watering hole from the moment we entered. #4 it was...More

Thank GlobalStaci
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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
Groups, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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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