The Rusty Pelican Auckland a Great Sports Bar in Matakana

The Rusty Pelican is famous for it’s pizza but it has heaps of other great food dishes available also. It’s located at 1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana, Auckland, New Zealand. It was established in 1998 where it was turned from a local service station into one of the finest pizzeria restaurants in Matakana or in Auckland from all reviews and our own personal experiences.

A few years later, it was sold and then in 2007, Daniel Baturic, the original owner of the restaurant, together with his business partner Stu Wells, repurchased the restaurant and went on to establish the original idea of providing people with pizzas that are to die for and hearty meals making it once more the best pizza restaurant in the area.

Menu, Pokies & About The Rusty Pelican Auckland 

The Rusty Pelican offers a wide variety of mouth-watering foods that are sure to appeal to different people. Meat lovers will be able to choose from generous portions of well-cooked meat such as a big beef burger, nachos beef mince, spaghetti Bolognese, rib eye steak, paddy’s potato skins, beef lasagna, rusty ribs, and a big juicy ribeye that has been grilled to your liking.

Seafood lovers will also have a variety of choices such as shrimp cocktail, the Mediterranean snapper salad, Rusty’s famous seafood chowder, salt and pepper calamari, Baba’s fritters, and steamed green lipped mussels. The organic chicken selection consists of the nachos chicken, chicken tender burger, chicken nibbles, and chicken and mushroom fettuccini.

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There is also a vegetarian meal selection that consists of green salad, vegetarian nachos, mushroom fettuccini, quinoa and feta burger, and paddy’s potato skins vegetarian.

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The Pizzas of Note

The pizza menu has all your favourites and some you just don’t love yet until you try.

These include The Godfather, garlic bread pizza, caramelized onion pizza bread, Margherita, the big kahuna, Tony pepperoni, Capri, pelican’s catch, honey barbeque bird, red rooster, vegetarian, nutty hen, cranny granny, salmon supreme, Shrimps tossed in Cajun spice and fresh garlic, Rock N Moroccan, Cajun laced chicken tenders, meat works, the Mexican, and sweep.

For the Ankle Biters

There is also a nice mini menu for kids that consists of chicken nuggets, curly fries, fish bites, garden salad, a basket of fries, kumara chips, a big cheese pizza, little kahuna pizza, little tony pepperoni pizza, porky pig pizza, mama’s spaghetti, chicken nibbles, and Rusty’s ribs.

The Sweet Things

The desserts consist of a tasty selection of sugary sweets such as ice cream sundae, chocolate volcano, chocolate mousse brandy snaps, apple pie, sticky date pudding, Mississippi mud cake, dipping doughnut tree, giant chocolate fudge brownie, hot drinks, extra sauces, and dessert toppings.

Rusty Pelican Food Specials

There are three main specials that the Rusty Pelican offers to its customers.

The first one is the big burger Monday special which includes a wide selection of burgers such as the Angus beef burger, chicken burger, egg burger, Cajun chicken burger, Hawaiian Oahu burger, New Zealand burger, vegetarian quinoa and feta burger, and the Moroccan lamb burger.

The second special is the steak out Wednesday special which includes a variety of meat servings such as a big juicy sirloin steak, big juicy rump steak, beef schnitzel or chicken schnitzel, chicken nibbles, spaghetti topped with traditional beef Bolognese sauce, old-fashioned beef banger sausages, juicy pork ribs, sides, and toppings.

The third special is a ‘buy one and get one free’ pizza offer which is only available on Tuesdays and Thursdays nights.

The Drink Options

For drinks, the restaurant offers a wide variety of tasty and exquisite drinks that you can enjoy such as soft drinks, juices, many tapped beers, bottled beer, spirits, ciders, RTDs, fancy waters, cabernet franc, pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling wine and a good selection of house wines for the budget drinkers.

A Great Sports Bar in Matakana

The sports bar boasts of a rustic garden bar that has a modern fit out. The menu in the bar includes the famous Rusty pizza selection and also some of Rusty’s favorite meal selection. It is a place frequented by the locals who come to hold private functions or celebrate special occasions.

The venue is also free for large parties with exclusive use of the sports bar and it is a great place to enjoy a cold one as you soak up the warm and inviting atmosphere while cheering for your favorite team on the big screens in comfort. This is the very best sports bar in the Matakana area, beer, pizza and sports watching what could be better!

Pokies & TAB available at the Rusty Pelican Auckland

No pokies can be found at this venue but they do have a TAB facility.


Whether you want to enjoy a delicious meal with family or friends, down a few drinks with some of your mates as you enjoy your favorite sports or music entertainment on various large screens or host an event, the Rusty Pelican has you covered. With all types of meals and drinks to choose from, this restaurant and sports bar is a must visit if you happen to be in the Matakana area of New Zealand.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 5pm till late

Saturday to Sunday: 12pm till late


Phone 9-422 9122


Map and address

Rusty Pelican Restaurant
1001 Matakana Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand

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