Activity Category: Cafes

Ice Cream from Top of the Town, Motueka

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Real fruit ice cream is really common at the top of the South Island. This is where frozen fruit (often berries) is mixed with either vanilla ice cream of frozen yoghurt and then churned out to making swirls of frozen yumminess, often with great height. Because so many outlets sell…

Rush Munro Ice Cream Shop, Hastings

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Rush Munro’s is available in various places as scoops or in tubs but somehow this 100% natural ice cream tastes even better at it’s shop in Hastings. It’s been made in Hawke’s Bay (originally by Mr Rush Munro) since 1926 so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect the recipe…

The Vines Village Cafe & Store, Blenheim

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As the name ‘Village’ suggests, there’s a whole lot going on here! The cafe and kids’ activities get the thumbs up – the food is tasty and with the added bonus of things to do, the Vines Village is the type of place that adults might actually be able to relax…

Giapo, Auckland

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Children and adults who are happy to forego the usual Tip Top flavours of ice-cream and instead test their tastebuds should experience Giapo for some ice-cream fun. Unlike a typical ice-cream shop or dairy, Giapo doesn’t have a display of their daily flavours for you to look at, instead you decide…

Jack And Jill Cafe, Greytown

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There are lots of places to eat in Greytown but some are better suited to accommodating kids than others. This is a spacious, light and clean cafe that has plenty of room for kids, so you don’t need to feel like they have to sit still and be confined to…

Little Vintage Espresso, Amberley

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Owned and run by parents, this cafe is very tolerant of younger diners! There’s a basket of toys and highchairs for those that need them. Food wise, there’s a cabinet of well priced savoury and sweet treats and a menu including breakfast and lunch items. This also includes a kids’…

Red Barn Cafe, near Murchison

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This cafe has an animal park attached to it (see ‘price’) so it’s a good place to stop and stretch the legs if you’re travelling along SH6 with animal lovers in the car! Pick up some animal feed at the barn ($1 per bag) and visit the donkeys, sheep, goats…

Paper Road Winery and Bistro, Opaki near Masterton

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Just north of Masterton, this winery serves great pizza! If you’re passing through Thursday to Sunday, there’s a full menu on offer in the bistro (including a kids’ menu) but it’s the pizzas and space to run around that usually get the thumbs up from kids. The wine and plenty…

Verde Cafe and Deli, Geraldine

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This cafe is set within lovely gardens, giving kids who struggle to sit down for long periods, somewhere to go without being in the way of serving staff. There are swings and some other playground equipment in the gardens that are suitable for younger kids and a bit of space for running…

La Bella Italia, Petone

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Italian food is often a good ‘go to’ for families with pizza or pasta being enjoyed by lots of kids. The food at La Bella is authentic, tasty and generally comes quickly. Add to this the staff who are friendly and happy to have children dining, it all makes for…