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

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

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 Shop, Northland

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). There’s a full…

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…

C1 Espresso, Christchurch

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

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

This cafe is set within an old station building on the old train line that used to pass through Domett in North Canterbury. It serves breakfast, brunch and lunch and is halfway between Kairkoura and Christchurch on SH1, so another option to break a journey if you’re going along this…

Mount Beautiful Two Rivers Cafe, Cheviot

An hour south of Kaikoura and an hour and a half north of Christchurch, this makes a great stop on a journey along SH1. Mount Beautiful Two Rivers is actually a cafe, wine tasting  room and gallery, although it is the cafe that has specifically been recommended. The food is always…