Waiau Tavern


⏰ 10:00 - 21:0016:00 - 21:0016:00 - 23:45

πŸ’΅ NZ$9 - NZ$44

🌏 18 Lyndon Street, Waiau 7332 New Zealand (View map)

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For meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks

About us

Bar and Kitchen. Plenty of food on the menu. A range of refreshments. Friendly staff and cheap prices.
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πŸ‘† Web ⏳ 04-11-2021

Great welcome, fab food and camping

We love this pub! The hospitality is brilliant. Michelle and Lindsay are welcoming, friendly and very accommodating. This was our second visit and both times we enjoyed sitting outside for a drink in the sunshine and eating delicious food inside with good music playing. Can recommend nachos and salad or fish of the day, blue cod - big portions, hot and tasty. We camped with friends at the back on the paddock, fantastic. Thanks from Ann and Marty
πŸ‘† Mobile ⏳ 17-12-2020

Please stop here

We are currently travelling NZ in our campervan and spent 3 nights here in the small field at the back of the pub. The owners, Michelle and Lindsay were so friendly as welcoming that we felt like locals by the time we left. The food is very good and well priced with a decent sized menu given that the pub is in a temporary building after the 2016 earthquake. Well worth a stop if you’re travelling through Waiau.
πŸ‘† Web ⏳ 05-12-2020


We briefly stopped at the tavern on our road trip around the South Island. The main building was deemed unusable after the Kaikoura earthquake 4 years ago, so the business is continuing to function in temporary premises next to the original building. We had great coffee and banana bread there, and the lovely owner of the business went out of her way to make sure that everything was OK for us. Her service was second to none, and if we lived nearby, we would frequent the business often to support her business in its recovery. I urge everyone to support this small business in small town NZ, so that we don't lose these little gems as we travel around this wonderfully awesome country of ours.
πŸ‘† Web ⏳ 10-10-2020

Food and customer great!

Absolutely wonderful customer service and the food is excellent, with low prices. A beautiful wee town.
πŸ‘† Mobile ⏳ 05-03-2020

Loved our two days in this

Loved our two days in this beautiful welcoming town, a great meal for our two day stay in the town. We live in Australia but would def return to your wonderful town and pub.
suzanne b
πŸ‘† Web ⏳ 16-11-2019

Suzanne and company

Cant say enough! Spent the night in Waiau rather than Hamner and was the best call ever. Michelle and co were fantastic hosts and the ribeye was the best this steak snobs ever had. Heineken was cold and lovely outlook and welcoming locals. A must stop!
πŸ‘† Mobile ⏳ 02-08-2019

Come meet the locals

A great wee friendly bar. Operating since the main pub has been closed due to the earthquake. Small and intimate and full of patrons happy to chat and share stories. Prices are reasonable considering this is the only pub for miles and a range of food available.
Susan B
πŸ‘† Web ⏳ 02-03-2019

A great first visit.

Called in for a much needed coffee on way through from Kaikoura to Hanmer. Hadn't realised actual tavern was closed since the earthquake but discovered the little buiding to the side. The loveliest lady, attractive with blonde hair,ironically she said, not a coffee drinker herself, made the best flat white I've had for a long time! Hot and strong, not half a cup of froth either. Perfect. She was lovely to talk with and it was so interesting looking at the newspaper cuttings and articles on the wall. We complimented her also on how spotless the toilets were.

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