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Pioneer Restaurant

S.H. 10 and Loop Road, Waipapa 0295, New Zealand
+64 9-407 4761
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good17%
  • Average17%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible8%
Travelers talk about
“steak” (5 reviews)
“ribs” (4 reviews)
“salad” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
$$ - $$$
S.H. 10 and Loop Road, Waipapa 0295, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 21, 2017 via mobile

Great food, hearty portions friendly staff. Recommended. New head chef is a hit as food was delicious.

Thank rurhec
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Great little country tavern. Good hearty food to satisfy any kiwi bloke and his family. Entertainment and quiz nights make for some fun.

1  Thank Rob H
Reviewed May 20, 2017

Nice little local pub with a surprising menu. Has the basic's like the burger, or fish and chips, then steps into steak and chicken dishes. All topped up with the salad and fries option. Meal are generous. You have the option of picking light meals...More

Thank getdihere
Reviewed March 28, 2017

The grandkids were up for the weekend and I love how kid friendly the Pioneer is. They came out with the kid's menu that includes a colouring page and colouring pencils. Thekid's also had good meal options - they went with the ribs, my daughter...More

Thank 209tanian
Reviewed March 11, 2017

Always seems when we go to the Pioneer the food is hit & miss to be honest One week awesome the next week fish is raw in the middle , steak is overdone & the Coke , Lemonade always tastes flat - maybe the lines...More

Thank rhstanton
Reviewed January 27, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here for a family birthday.... the meals were good... the chips were great. The girl serving had a fantastic sense of humour.... and she needed it with us. The dude with the hat makes a fabulous cocktail.... the banana split was awesome.... thanks...More

Thank cassandra e
MrBamborium, Owner at Pioneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2017

Thanks for the review! I'll pass it along to the team! Always stoked to hear that we're provided a fun and enjoyable experience!

Reviewed November 23, 2016

Excellent value for money hearty tasty meals. Service superb. Atmosphere amazing, live music, quiz nights plenty of entertainment.

1  Thank Nicole R
MrBamborium, Owner at Pioneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2016

Thanks Nicole, stoked to hear you enjoy coming down to your loud little local!

Reviewed November 23, 2016

The Pioneer in Waipapa is a great place to relax, play some pool and have a bite to eat. Quiz nights are entertaining and well run, and are something a bit different to do on a Wednesday night. Welcoming and friendly staff top it off.

Thank Debbie C
MrBamborium, Owner at Pioneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2016

Thanks Debbie, hope to see you at a few more quiz nights in the future!

Reviewed November 22, 2016

If you're looking for a good meal in a relaxed venue then try the Pioneer. The food is consistently good and there's something to suit everyone. I really appreciated that there were some healthy options as well as the standard pub fare. Reasonably priced, friendly...More

Thank madtart
MrBamborium, Owner at Pioneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2016

Thanks for the review! Stoked to hear that you enjoy our range of food options and that healthier side of things is appreciated!

Reviewed November 22, 2016

I haven't been to the Pioneer for some time but people told me it was really good. I was amazed how vibrant it is now. The new management have definitely got the right idea with different activities every night. Great work.

Thank Elisabeth J
MrBamborium, Owner at Pioneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2016

Thanks Elizabeth, happy to hear you came back to check us out and hopefully we'll see you again some time!

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December 17, 2016|
Response from MrBamborium | Property representative |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$4 - $21
Bar, European, Pub, New Zealand, Gastropub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: S.H. 10 and Loop Road, Waipapa 0295, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Bay of Islands  >  Waipapa
  • Phone Number: +64 9-407 4761
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A great fun place to drop in for a meal or a drink! We provide fun and friendly service that's a just a bit casual on not too formal - we also pride ourselves on an excellent gastropub menu that you wouldn't expect from just another pub. So if you fancy an awesome social experience - come down to your loud little local!
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