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" (now known as "Tai Tapu Hotel") has been the local watering hole since the 1860s. It was originally a stagecoach 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 and meal deals.   But mostly, it is a weekend destination for the family with its large beer garden, playground and bouncy castles for the kids.

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Opening Hours




3PM - Late

Wed - Sun

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 function room with bar that opens onto a beautiful private garden area that has enough room for a  helicopter to land. 

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Weekly Deals

Tuesday - Friday / Happy Hour (4-6PM)
Steak Lunch & Taco Tuesday (Speights & Mac's Gold Jugs / House Wines)
$11 / $5.50
Wednesday - Quiz Night from 7pm
Burger & Fries (Californian Beef /Jamaican Buttermilk Chicken / Vege)
Travel with the Curries (A delectable dish from a new destination each Thursday. )
Friday / Meat Raffles - from 6.30pm
Wings All Day (Sticky Sesame, Buffalo, Cajun Spiced Wings)
Ribs & Pint (Ribs, fries and a house beer, wine or AF drink.)
Live Music (September - May - 1pm to 5pm)