Activity Category: Cafes

Deluxe Diner, New Plymouth

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This is a central eating place that really is very true to a 1950s retro American diner, from the look of it with the big jukebox, to the food on offer. The menus cover breakfast, lunch and dinner and offer lots of choice, including a separate big kids’ menu. Both…

Bach on Breakwater, New Plymouth (Port area)

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Looking out onto the port, this café is just out of the city centre but still very accessible (it’s at one end of the coastal pathway) and there’s always something to look at from the big picture windows. There’s lots of outdoor seating with shade sails as well as various…

Pekaren Cafe, Oakura

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This little café is in the same building as the surf life saving club so commands the best views over the beach. With the choice of eating inside by one of the big picture windows or outside under sun umbrellas, there’s always something to look at! The menu is Italian, with…

Wholefood Cafe & Ice Cream Bar, Takaka

Wholefood cafe

This is a popular place to eat and it’s great for families. The food is relatively healthy, with an emphasis on seasonal, local produce and it’s definitely delicious! They serve breakfast and lunch and have cabinet food as well. There isn’t a kids’ menu but there is a ‘piccolo’ eggs hollandaise…

Penguino Gelato and Ice cream, Nelson

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If you’re looking for ice cream in the centre of Nelson, this is the place to come – it is literally award winning. Philip the owner makes all the frozen delights himself so will be able to advise you if you have allergy concerns. The flavours are multiple and some are…

Mussel Inn, Onekaka

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This well-known pub is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. While it isn’t specifically child friendly, lots of families visit and because of its relaxed nature, it makes for a good place for meals out. The outdoor space is great especially for those that can’t keep still. There’s…

Woodlands Cafe, Playground and Petting Zoo, Leithfield

Woodlands playground

This business saw a change of ownership in the latter half of 2016 and the resulting changes in the cafe and what’s on offer for families, means that it is consistently recommended as a relaxing, family friendly place to go in North Canterbury. The food (all day breakfast and lunch served…

Ice Cream from Top of the Town, Motueka

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Real fruit ice cream is really common at the top of the South Island. This is where frozen fruit (often berries) is mixed with either vanilla ice cream of frozen yoghurt and then churned out to making swirls of frozen yumminess, often with great height. Because so many outlets sell…

Rush Munro Ice Cream Shop, Hastings

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Rush Munro’s is available in various places as scoops or in tubs but somehow this 100% natural ice cream tastes even better at it’s shop in Hastings. It’s been made in Hawke’s Bay (originally by Mr Rush Munro) since 1926 so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect the recipe…

The Vines Village Cafe & Store, Blenheim

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As the name ‘Village’ suggests, there’s a whole lot going on here! The cafe and kids’ activities get the thumbs up – the food is tasty and with the added bonus of things to do, the Vines Village is the type of place that adults might actually be able to relax…