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Muriwai Drive | The Wharf, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a member of the Whakatane Fishing Club you will not find a more convenient local spot to meet up with family and friends. Skippers Restaurant will do you proud...

Thank owenvaughan
Whakatane, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Lovely meals and drinks at reasonable prices. Very friendly and helpful staff.. Nice views along the river.

Thank Karaka5
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Fabulous meal with great service and reasonably price. Great outlook on river. Definitely recommend. Very relaxed atmosphere with bar.

Thank helenjeanb
Ohope, New Zealand
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Something to suit everybody with its very varied menu. Meals are large so if you're not that big an eater the light menu would do. Great views over the river and entrance.

Thank lyngriffiths6
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2015 via mobile

A great option for lunch or dinner. Reasonable prices, good food and the view is absolutely amazing. An awesome atmosphere and I really enjoy lunch here with friends. Beware of the hawk at the bar, ensure you are signed in with a member or else! Also if she is on, get your member friend to give you a run down... More 

Thank jude c
Christchurch, New Zealand
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105 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Reminds of a modern day Club scene. Nice new building. Great views over the water. Extensive menu and very reasonable pricing. Very good bar. I had the chicken salad. Very fresh, tasty and interesting. Too quiet on a Monday night. But later in the week very busy - very popular. Nice average but yum kiwi meals. I have eaten here... More 

Thank Martin F
New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

Its a members bar but they do have to out of towners visitors book..you just need to check. Lovely food, fast and good value for money..Always yummy..Friendly People!

Thank belladonna001
Whakatane, New Zealand
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41 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

This restaurant is in the Sport's Fishing club overlooking the Whakatane River. Truly a lovely spot to dine at. Members get a 5% discount from the restaurant and drinks are reasonable at club prices.No table service, you go up to order and are given a disc for advising when your meal is ready. There is a ramp on the river... More 

Thank Scott J
Whakatane, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

It was decided after a fund raiser for Nepal that we would celebrate on raising some great monies to help people in Nepal. So someone suggested that we go to Skipper's most said never been their lets try it after the recommendation of that person. So we all met up and we set up our table, funny thing nearly everybody... More 

Thank 8Numbers
Whakatane, New Zealand
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51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014 via mobile

A club situated on the wharf with great views. The food is quick, hearty and value for money, great meat raffles on Wednesday nights and the beers great

Thank Peter G

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Restaurant Details

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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Muriwai Drive | The Wharf, Whakatane 3120, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Whakatane
Skippers Restaurant is aptly named as it has gorgeous water views in a unique location. Dine either indoors or on the large deck outdoors while enjoying unobstructed views of the river, Whale Island, White Island (active volcano) and the ocean beyond.The restaurant is part of the Whakatane Sportfishing Club, and the walls of the club are adorned with an extensive collection of fish mounts with over 40 different species to view from a massive 1221lb Black Marlin to a 4.5lb Blue Cod.Revered for its sumptuous lunches and dinners, as well as snacks and casual alfresco dining, Skippers offers a fabulous choice of high quality cuisine, and is a favourite destination for club members, guests and affiliates.

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