Activity Category: Cafes

Le Cafe Telephonique, Taihape


This cafe is also known as The Exchange Café as it is housed in what was once a telephone exchange and there’s still a telephone booth inside. It’s light and airy with indoor and outdoor seating and one table that’s in a snug if you’re wanting to be a little away…

Brown Sugar Café, Taihape

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Great place to stop with kids if they need some fresh air during a car journey but you’re not necessarily looking for a full meal. This cafe has a large outdoor courtyard with a sandpit that’s covered if it’s drizzling but not protected if it’s cold. There are clean toilets and…

McDonald’s, Taupo

McDonalds Taupo

This is the only fast food place currently on Kids on Board and it’s here because it’s a McDonalds with a difference! It’s the only McDonald’s restaurant in the world to be situated inside a decommissioned DC3 plane complete with an indoor playground! Makes for an interesting rainy day activity!…

Mangonui Fish and Chip Shop, Northland

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Apparently ‘world famous’ there is often a queue for these fish and chips during peak periods! The view over the water is lovely when you’re waiting or if you’re eating at one of the outdoor tables (protected by roll up blinds if the weather isn’t so great). The prices are…

Mitchell’s Tavern, Dunedin

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This pub is regularly recommended as being extremely welcoming to families and their kids. The service gets a big thumbs up and the food is generally good too. There’s colouring and a kids’ menu but mostly the interaction by staff with the kids is what is especialy praised. TOP TIP: It…

Wild Earth Nature Park, Takaka

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**As of December 2016 Wild Earth Nature Park is under new ownership – Anatoki Salmon. Awaiting reviews to know if it’s being run to the same high standards. Please email me here if you’ve visited and let me know what you think** Only open in the summer months, this is…

C1 Espresso, Christchurch

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This cafe is a bit of a Christchurch institution although after the earthquakes it had to relocate to the old Post Office building. A lot of care has gone into the redesign, making this cafe an intriguing and fascinating place to take kids. From the food arriving at high speed…

Pukeko Junction Cafe & Deli, Leithfield, North of Christchurch

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Serving breakfast, lunch and sweet treats for morning and afternoon tea. Kids can order anything off the main menu as a smaller portion. They also do a ‘kids plate’ which includes ham, cheese on toast, fruit and a biscuit. Seating available in a covered outdoor area as well as inside.…

Nor’Wester Cafe, Amberley, North of Christchurch


Heading into or out of the north of Christchurch, this cafe makes a good stop, especially for the breakfasts which come highly recommended. It serves breakfast and lunch but also has good coffee and can manage morning or afternoon tea treats too! Friendly staff.

Mainline Station Cafe, North Canterbury

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**Please note that this cafe is STILL OPEN despite the earthquake that hit North Canterbury in November 2016 – please support this family friendly cafe if you’re passing by!** This cafe is set within an old station building on the old train line that used to pass through Domett in…