We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$9 - $45
CUISINES
New Zealand, Bar, Pub, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
View all details
meals, features, about
Reviews (41)
We perform checks on reviews.
Tripadvisor’s approach to reviews
Before posting, each Tripadvisor review goes through an automated tracking system, which collects information, answering the following questions: how, what, where and when. If the system detects something that potentially contradicts our community guidelines, the review is not published.
When the system detects a problem, a review may be automatically rejected, sent to the reviewer for validation, or manually reviewed by our team of content specialists, who work 24/7 to maintain the quality of the reviews on our site.
Our team checks each review posted on the site disputed by our community as not meeting our community guidelines.
Learn more about our review moderation.
Filter reviews
41 results
Traveller rating
33
5
2
1
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveller rating
33
5
2
1
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews duck guinness pie mash bacon the wait staff great food great pub new owners small town pint
Sort and selected filters
Sort FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed 18 February 2024

We took the specials of the day and wow it was so good! Fantastic clams and the sauce were licked up to the last with bread. And then the dessert! The chef is a genius!

Date of visit: February 2024
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 February 2024

The most beautiful spot in north New Zealand! The food was amazing, fantastic meat and cheese platter! The staff were attentive and friendly and went out of their way to provide a friendly atmosphere and top tips for traveling in North New Zealand! The best...place we visited on our New Zealand trip!More

Date of visit: February 2024
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 11 February 2024

Wasn’t sure what it would be like as normally we meet our friends in Hamilton, they live in Paeroa. It was great, lovely meal and staff very friendly. We had the fish(2), brunch stack and the burger, coffee was nice but strong. On way out...some people were looking at menu I told them , they wouldn’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: February 2024
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 18 January 2024 via mobile

Food was fantastic and very generous size as well. Good selection of beer. Service was friendly. Very happy with this place on if my favourite in the Waikato. I’ll definitely be back again.

Date of visit: January 2024
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 7 October 2023

Exceptional food and great service. Very good value for the money too. I had the beef cheek pie, my son had the pork belly. Both were excellent. Delicious fresh vegetables.

Date of visit: October 2023
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 30 September 2023

Visiting from Nova Scotia, Canada and were pleasantly surprised by this place. It’s very clear that The Duck & Cover has carved out a niche market in this small town, not only for the vast array of menu selections and mouth-watering dishes but also for...an elevated dining experience, not usually experienced in a pub. You can always tell the best places to eat in a small town by how frequently it is filled by the locals. That said, I would not hesitate to say that The Duck & Cover is well worth the drive if you’re looking for something well above the rest. No matter where you come from, near and afar, you will not be disappointed! To the management & staff - keep up the great work!More

Date of visit: September 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 18 September 2023

Very busy place because the Food is so good, and clearly the locals keep returning, as a Sunday night and the place was jam packed. The Staff were great, but the Food was the stand out, as one of the best Meals I have had...in a long time. There were six of us, and each dish looked beautiful. Attention to detail, and the Chef knows what he is doing, but also does that little bit extra too, So Delicious! Thank you Sorry it would be 10 out of 10 but the only thing that spoils it as it is so loud, they need to do something about soaking up the noise as very hard to hear voices at our own table.More

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 21 August 2023

Duck and Cover catered wonderfully for our large family function that morphed from brunch to lunch. They set us up in a space where we could mix n mingle easily and served us the most sumptuous meals. Service was excellent and I was impressed with...the variety of the menu and the generous portions. They also catered well for a few dietary requirements our family has. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 10 August 2023 via mobile

Absolutely amazing service and delicious 😋 food. Great value and cosy venue and awesome vibe. Will definitely be back. Compliments to the chef

Date of visit: August 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 3 June 2023 via mobile

We stopped off here for a bite to eat & a drink. Staff were friendly and polite and service was superb. Food was good too. Nice pub atmosphere. Would definitely recommend this place.

Date of visit: June 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 1 April 2023 via mobile

We had heard this restaurant was great and wow it sure was ! We live in Tauranga and there are some nice restaurants to dine at however this place was up there with the best ! A small town is so lucky to have such...a high quality restaurant and no wonder it was very busy. The food was top notch and delicious , the steak was cooked perfectly. We were so impressed too with the excellent service from the girls who were looking after our table so we asked what their names were , Karen was super friendly and helpful and Kelsey ( hope I have spelt it right ) was very efficient, took our drink orders within a minute of sitting down which is impressive and kept a close eye on our table throughout our meal to our drinks were as did Karen. We will be back for sure !More

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 27 March 2023 via mobile

Five of us started with a shared platter of cheeses and meats with garlic bread. For mains the lamb pie was our favourite although the pork belly was a close second. The wait staff gave excellent recommendations , were not pushy and were very accommodating....Prices were very reasonableMore

Date of visit: March 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 17 February 2023

The food was excellent and the restaurant was busy. The young lady serving us was polite checking on us numerous times, if the food was good and if we required anything else. Cleaning tables as soon as diners departed. A lively atmosphere, I would highly...recommend it.More

Date of visit: February 2023
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 26 January 2023 via mobile

The Lamb & Guinness pie was not on the lunch menu, but the chef made it as long as it came with fries. My wife had a salad. Both pretty good if a touch pricey. We ate on the terrace which was very pleasant. Not...busy.More

Date of visit: January 2023
Helpful?2  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Reviewed 9 January 2023

We were driving from the Coromandel to Hobbiton and needed lunch. What a great find. This lovely (seemingly family-run) pub has nice inside seating and a beautiful outside seating. The staff were attentive and the food was TERRIFIC! Wish we could have gone back for...dinner and to join them for their live music on Sunday afternoons.More

Date of visit: December 2022
Helpful?1  
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Asure Kaimai View Motel
13 reviews
18.10 km away
Katikati Motel
40 reviews
18.21 km away
Waihi Motel
54 reviews
20.17 km away
Beaches Motel
47 reviews
25.16 km away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Taj Indian Restaurant
80 reviews
.17 km away
Domain Cottage Cafe
118 reviews
.42 km away
Ironique Cafe and Bar
222 reviews
.08 km away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Te Aroha Mineral Spa
178 reviews
.34 km away
Te Aroha isite Visitor Information Centre
44 reviews
.27 km away
Adventure Te Aroha
28 reviews
.34 km away
Swim Zone Te Aroha
72 reviews
.23 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Gamble45
18 March 2021|
Answer
Response from fleeceme | Property representative |
Vegetable pesto soup Tarakihi fries and salad Irish Stew with garlic bread Prawn Salad New menu started 3 weeks ago. Few new meals
1
Vote
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing

THE DUCK AND COVER, Te Aroha - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

Frequently Asked Questions about The Duck And Cover

The Duck And Cover is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5