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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 good45%
  • Average17%
  • 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 5 days 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 6 days 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 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week 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 3 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 3 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 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
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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