Update Feb. 2011
Closed at the moment due to earthquake damage.
Update June 2011
In the meantime, the building has been demolished because it was so severely damaged that it could not be repaired.
There are plenty of other options available in the vicinity, for example the Thirsty Marriner, the Salt Café, and others. There is also a fabulous café named "dot com" (= Coffee on Marriner) with a very nice food selection, just around the corner.
You would not necessarily associate a place named "The Ruptured Duck" with Italian food. But the name has nothing to do with the food they serve in this nice restaurant in the seaside suberb of Sumner.
The name has its own story. Part one was a fisherman who ran over a duck and subsequently named his boat The Ruptured Duck. Part two was that the new owner of the restaurant was once diving in the area and came over a wrecked fishing boat named The Ruptured Duck and thought it would be a great name for the restaurant he had just bought.
So that is why we have The Ruptured Duck in a historic building which offers quite a lot of space because it has two outdoor areas, and is not only a restaurant but also has two bars which are open until far after midnight. The place reaches over two levels and has a wonderful open fireplace which is good for summer's like the once we have in 2006/2007 LOL Especially nice is the balcony from where you have a good view over Sumner's main street and its many other restaurants, cafés and bars.
Clearly The Ruptured Duck is a pizza place where they also serve quite nice pasta but it is not a super stylish modern inspired fine Italian dining place. But - don't get me wrong - the meals are of very good quality and not just like pizza express. Addiotionally the atmosphere is very nice, warm and comfortable.
The wine list features mostly NZ wines but also a small selection of Italian wines.
Open for Sunday Lunch from 12 noon, dinner Wed-Monday from 5pm (closed Tue), bar open from 5pm.