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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 6 February 2018

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 27 January 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 22 January 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 21 January 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 17 January 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 16 January 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 15 January 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 12 January 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 11 January 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 8 January 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

Thank we_die_young
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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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
3:00 PM - 3:00 AM
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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