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Speights Ale House Wanaka

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93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
+64 3-443 5459
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I came here upon the advice of the owners of the B&B where we stayed the night. A location that was preferable was closed so they said to just go to the place where the locals go regularly. It was very pleasant...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came here feeling kind of blue about some not so great news from home. This place lifted my spirits. The staff were friendly and accommodating about my pickiness about wine, the atmosphere was superb along with the views. A popular place after 5pm

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank loumac22
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A great all round pub. Great food, about 15 beers on tap and great staff. Well located in the central part of Wanaka with indoor or outdoor tables. Great heaters and TVs for sport watching. Great atmosphere. Will go again.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank NeJ1975
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Came on a busy night so had a 45 minute wait for the meal. So come early if you are a family. Enjoyable enough for pub grub. Convenient location for our stay.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank TinkerC16
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have found the Speight Ale Houses to be good value with tasty meals and this is no exception. My meal was delicious, stuffed chicken breast with cherries. The others in my party had fish and chips and lamb 2 ways. Everyone enjoyed their meals...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Lawry07
Reviewed 1 week ago

Restaurant has a welcoming atmosphere. The 2 others I was dining with enjoyed their meals however my Aspiring 250gm Prime Sirloin steak was tough. Cooked to perfection but obviously not a prime cut to start with. (Not the chef's fault.)

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank sooty04
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in randomly for a feed and a beer. This place was packed with a long wait to be seated inside so opted to sit outside so we could order a feed straight away. My feed of Ribs was huge, and tastey. I can normally...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank RustyS215
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here on a very busy day but didn’t have to wait long for a table. The food and was served quickly and it was delicious. We enjoyed a half portion of fish and chips which we thought was ample. It’s a nice atmosphere...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank LoriYau
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Disappointed there was not table service. Had to order our lunch at the bar. I had cauliflower soup and this was good. Kumara chips were also tasty that a friend ordered. Sitting outside in the sun was lovely and would of had a higher rating...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sightseer732905
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are inside and outside on different days. Nice location and friendly staff. Good that the kitchen stays open through the afternoon even serving breakfast menu until 3pm. Eggs Benedict with chilled Sauvignon blanc is a must.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank bunionsEssex
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8 March 2017|
Response from Cechová M | Reviewed this property |
Dear Kates 1960, Sorry about this, But I was in NZ Speights Ale House with my french husband 1 Month ago and the food was truly delicious. Believe me, that french peoplae do have very hight level about the food. And me, as a... More
16 December 2016|
Response from Charlotte L | Property representative |
Hi there. No we are not open for Christmas Lunch. There are a definite 2 places open though - Francescas - which is directly behind us. It is an Italian restaurant - you will need to book this though. Edgewater resort... More
13 November 2016|
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Response from Charlotte L | Property representative |
Hi there. We do not have roast meals. If you go to our website you can view our menu. Hopefully there is something that would be to your liking.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$23
Bar, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, View, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 93 Ardmore Street, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Wanaka
  • Phone Number: +64 3-443 5459
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The Wanaka Speights Ale House is situated on Ardmore Street next to Bullock Creek and across the road from Lake Wanaka. The outdoor decks afford all day sun with a picturesque view of the lake. Indoor/Outdoor dining is available with a wide variety of gastromeals on the menu.
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