Tai Tapu Hotel

Serving great food and drink since 1856

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Our History

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A friendly country pub, the Ellesmere Arms (generally known as the Tai Tapu Hotel) has been the local watering hole since the 1860s. It was originally a stage coach inn, complete with stables and forge, on the road to Akaroa. Nowadays it’s one of Canterbury's most popular venues hosting LIVE music, concerts, weddings, parties, conferences, weekly quiz nights, meal deals but most of its’s a weekend destination for the family with it’s large beer garden, playground and bouncy castles for the kids.

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Opening Hours


3PM - Late (Bar Only)

Wednesday - Sunday

11AM - Late

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Tap Left Tap Right

The function venue is nestled in the beautiful Tai Tapu hills within easy driving distance of Christchurch. We offer you a unique private indoor function room with bar that boasts out onto a beautiful garden area continuing along the river with access for a helicopter to land. Complemented by the in house catering we can offer it all.

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Weekly Deals

Tuesday - Friday
Happy Hour (4-6PM) (Speights & Mac's Gold Jugs / House Wines)
$11 / $5.50
Wednesday - Quiz Night from 7pm
Burger & Fries (Texas Beef / Korean Fried Chicken)
Travel with the Curries (A delectable dish from a new destination each Thursday. )
Meat Raffles (From 6.30pm )
Ribs & Pint (Ribs, Fries with a pint of house beer, soft drink or glass or house wine)
Live Music (September - May - 1pm to 5pm)