Activity Category: Cafes

Sawmill brewery and Smoko Room, near Matakana

The restaurant at this brewery is very child friendly with great, friendly staff. The kids’ menu has a platter of different finger food to pick at with the choice of 3 main protein items to choose from. The regular menu lends itself to sharing so if your kids are into trying different…

Henry & Ted Café, Papamoa

Bright airy café, popular with locals. There’s a large menu covering breakfast/brunch and lunch options. There’s also a cabinet with lots of savoury and sweet baked goodies – GF, DF and refined sugar free options are all available. Vegetarians are also catered for throughout. There’s a small kids’ menu (crepes,…

Floating Rock Winery, Kuratau

***Only open during some school holidays. Check the website or Facebook page before you go*** Set high above the vines, this small café specializes in woodfire pizza, made to order and served piping hot on wooden boards. There’s a range of around 8 different pizzas with a GF base option…

The Landing Restaurant @ The Riverhead Tavern

Around since 1857 this is certainly an old pub which happens to have a good restaurant. It feels like a world away from Auckland yet is actually less than 30km from the central downtown area. The menu is extensive covering brunch, lunch and dinner and there’s a separate kids’ menu…

Waimea Restaurant, Waikanae

Set near the Surf Life saving club, nested among the sand dunes, Waimea makes for a good alternative to the other cafes in Waikanae if you fancy a change or are based at the northern end of Waikanae. There are tables both outside and inside with an indoor fire place…

It’s Quite Cool Gelato, Martinborough

Once a shop, now a cart on a trailer, the gelato and sorbet served by It’s Quite Cool is still delicious! Great choice of flavours and extremely friendly servers. They’ll even sell a kiddie size to adults that just don’t want a huge ice cream. There are tables, chairs and…

Coffee HQ, Ohakune

Only open for the winter ski season, roughly July – October. Give them a call if you’re not sure. If you’re in need of a quick caffeine fix, check out the little coffee hut near TCB hire shop. Selling Revive coffee it is reputably the best coffee in town! You…

Johnny Nation’s Chocolate Eclair Shop, Ohakune

Only open in the winter season (roughly beginning of June to early November). Check their Facebook page to see if they’re open. Essentially a dairy with in store bakery and famous for its Chocolate Eclairs, as the name suggests! If you’re looking to fill a sweet gap, this is a…

Mizzoni Woodfire Pizza, Ohakune

If you’re wanting food on the go in winter or early spring, these woodfire pizzas are a great option. Their easy to spot cart makes pizza to order and cooked in around 10 mins, they’re the ultimate in tasty fast food, especially after a hard morning or even full day…

Kazu, Wellington

Away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping area of Wellington yet still close to the waterfront (about a block back from Te Papa) this Japanese restaurant is great very child friendly and is open for lunch and dinner. With a dedicated kids’ menu offering 2 ‘train plates’, each…