Activity Category: Cafes

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

**Currently closed for earthquake repairs** 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…

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…

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

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 3pm) in addition to cabinet food (available till closing time). Child-sized portions are available for some of the menu items (e.g. nachos…

Lake Ferry Hotel, Wairarapa

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 Bistro, 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

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.