Activity Category: Cafes

Two Rivers Cafe, North Canterbury

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An hour south of Kaikoura and an hour and a half north of Christchurch, this makes a great stop on a journey along SH1. Two Rivers is a good cafe with outdoor seating and a gallery selling sculpture, art etc. There’s a choice of cabinet food and a menu including a kids’ menu.

Riverstone Kitchen and playground, near Oamaru


Riverstone is reasonably well known for Riverstone Kitchen which is a good family friendly restaurant to visit with a real focus on locally grown, seasonal ingredients. There’s a kids’ menu, highchairs, small play room and baby change facilities.   What you might not know though is that within this site, there are also…

The Store, Kekerengu, Marlborough


***Sadly this cafe is currently closed as it recovers from the earthquake in the area November 2016. Will update when it reopens** The Store is recommended as a good cafe with lots to keep kids of all ages occupied. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch from a menu (until about…

Lake Ferry Hotel, Wairarapa

Lake Ferry Hotel

This is a very scenic spot to have lunch or dinner overlooking Lake Onoke, the Rimutuka ranges and out towards the South Island on a clear day. Their claim to fame is to be the southern most hotel on the North Island! Lunch and dinner are at set times and…

Everest Cafe, Featherston


This is good for takeaway coffee (Flight!) and baked goods but also a popular choice as an eat-in cafe. It has a good range of homemade cabinet food like pies, quiches and sausage rolls, as well as a full menu. There’s a selection of scoop ice-cream that your kids will…

Clareville Bakery, near Carterton

Clareville Bakery

This award winning bakery is a great spot for morning or afternoon tea, breakfast or lunch. The food looks amazing and I’m sure that most kids would be able to see something in the cabinets that would appeal. There’s also a full and varied menu. As well as the food,…

Star and Garter Hotel, Coromandel

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The Star and Garter serves good pub food. On the main menu there are kids’ options like chicken nuggets, fish and chips, sausage and mash as well as pizza. There’s 1 highchair and some booth seating.

UMU Cafe, Coromandel


This cafe has got a varied menu with lovely food, as well as counter food and great pizzas. You can sit outside or in and there’s a chalkboard and plenty of room for the kids. There’s also a toy cupboard and colouring in. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

Driving Creek Cafe, Coromandel

Driving Creek Cafe

Don’t be put off that this is a vegetarian cafe as even meat eaters love it! It’s funky, has a great garden, books to read, a friendly cat to play with, great staff, toys for the kids, a sandpit, a playhouse and trees to climb. No specific kids’ menu but…

Gladstone Inn, Carterton

Gladstone Inn

Great for outdoor eating where the kids can run around on the grass and even walk down to the river (with an adult for younger kids). There’s a small shaded play area including a gravel pit also outside. The food is typical pub meals with a few extras done reasonably…