Activity Category: Cafes

Mexico (restaurant), various locations Auckland

This is a chain restaurant with 4 branches in Auckland and another in each of Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. The one in Britomart and others around the country have been recommended and they offer the same menu and set up, so the other branches should be good too. Let me know…

Cardrona Hotel, Central Otago

Set halfway between Queenstown and Wanaka, The Cardrona Hotel gets recommended by lots of families. Whether you’re looking for somewhere warm and cosy to eat and drink in the winter (inside and outside fire places) or a place for the kids to runaround outside in the warmer months (great, big…

Sweet treats at Patagonia Chocolates, Arrowtown

If you’re after an ice cream, hot chocolate, coffee or dessert, look no further than Patagonia Chocolates, which has outlets in 3 different Central Otago locations (Wanaka and Queenstown as well as this one). There are 20 different ice cream and sorbet flavours to choose from, some have even won…

Picnic Cafe and city end Botanic Garden, Wellington

Set in the Rose Garden, which is one part of the Botanic Garden, this cafe has been serving up breakfast and lunch in beautiful surroundings for years! This is a great place for families to eat, whether it be for a snack or full meal. They are very child friendly,…

The Crab Shack, Wellington

As the name suggests, this restaurant serves predominantly seafood with a couple of vegetarian and carnivore options available as well. Although the separate kids’ menu is predominately meat with only fish option being fish and chips (other meals include beef burritos and pulled pork baguette see here for link to all…

Pizzeria Napoli, Wellington

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This is a very central, reasonably authentic Neapolitan pizzeria, serving wood fired pizza and pasta in adult and kid’s sizes. It’s a small, narrow restaurant, so wouldn’t cope well with kids who need to walk around but if your kids can sit down, the Italian staff are very tolerant. If…

Chocolate Fish Cafe, Miramar, Wellington

This is a well known little gem of a cafe on the Miramar Peninsular to the East of Wellington. There is indoor seating but most people go when the sun is shining, to take seats outside and relax while their kids are playing. There’s a big concrete area with a wide…

Butlers Reef, Oakura, Taranaki

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This pub also seems to be known as The Butlers Bar and Cafe. This is a family friendly pub serving good pub food. There’s a separate kids’ menu with all the usual pub staples on it (fish and chips, burgers etc). It has a garden area big enough to kick…

The Gelato Caffe, Hawera, Taranaki

With over 40 flavours to choose from, there’s an amazing range of gelato in this fairly unassuming cafe. The gelato has deservedly won a number of awards. You can get it in the usual cup or cone and they also make their own waffle cones, as well as waffles, all…

Flat Hills Cafe and Tourist Park, Rangitikei, Manawatu

This is more than just a café, as Flat Hills is also home to friendly animals that can be fed, bouncy castles, a maze and a small playground area (although the equipment is probably better suited to kids up to about 5 years). There’s also lots of space for kids…