With an enviable location that gives it such great views, The Pier Hotel and Restaurant is one of the places to visit for a great beer and finger-licking seafood grub.

Voted as one of the best restaurants that serve seafood in the Kaikoura area, The Pier Hotel is the place to visit to have lobster or crayfish, a delicacy that is synonymous with the area.

A 19th-century hotel that makes the history books in the Kaikoura area as one place where many locals who fished and went whaling at that time, went to tell their sea stories over a nice pint and delicious food.

For over 100 years, there have been many owners of the hotel who over the years have added their personality to the establishment. The current owner was taken in by the picturesque views of the hotel and has made personal effort to make it one of the best establishments in Kaikoura.

This charming old-time hotel prides itself in its ten rooms available for accommodation affording those that chose to make it their home for a few days breath-taking views on the balconies. The patrons can have sun downers to the orchestra of the lapping ocean and the flying birds around the area.

You can head down to the bar area in its right Kiwiana-style splendour to have a drink surrounded by the many pictures taken over the years of the hotel and of Kaikoura. A warm and welcoming ambiance will have you sampling its wine list that offers truly local wines and a range of international wines.

Sample its menu which serves up the best seafood in town in a friendly, welcoming, and warm atmosphere. The hotel has different menus every season which takes full advantage of the fresh produce that is available locally. If you are not particularly keen on seafood, then you can enjoy some of its beef that is aged, a delicacy rated as the best in the area.