Auckland, Family Restaurants

  • Lord of the Fries

    For the BEST fries and the BEST surprise in town! Tasty burgers, hotdogs, nuggets and fries that are in fact ALL vegetables in disguise - with the kids seriously none the wiser.
    Choose from 4 styles of fries, 13 sauces, 7 burgers, 3 hot dogs, onion rings, shakes and more.
    Lord of the Fries is Vegan, Kosher and Halal, with fresh, locally-sourced, less fat and 100% plant-based ingredients – Lord of the Fries are doing healthier fast food!

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  • 7 Summits Restaurant & Bar - Snowplanet

    Level 1 at SnowplanetSnowplanet is now at Level 1. Prices, products and opening hours have all changed as a result of Covid-19. This is not a move back to pre-COVID, the impact has... read more

  • Orbit 360˚ Dining

    An exciting, novel and totally Auckland experience! Grab the kids and settle into the best outlooks of the city and don't worry, if you don't like the view outside your window, it'll change soon - the restaurant revolves a full circle every hour. Serving lunch, high tea and dinner, bookings are recommended and can be made online. Diners can also enjoy complimentary Sky Tower admission 45 minutes prior to and/or upon completion of dining and discounted car parking at SKYCITY Auckland on the day of dining (see website for more details.)

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  • Leigh Saw Mill Café

    The gardens have a giant chess board, a brick boat, sandpit and play area to keep the children amused. Highchairs and changing room provided. The kids’ menu includes honey and soy chicken, tempura fish as well as pizza.

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  • Soljans Café and Vineyard

    A family friendly café with a play area and a children’s playhouse plus plenty of grass for the children to run around. The kids’ menu has the usual hamburger, chicken tenders and chicken burger but also offers poached egg with soldiers and mini platters for the more health conscious.

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  • The Lone Star Café

    This popular café is a great place for an evening meal. The kids’ menu features healthy options like the hero burger and chief mini drums and the first drink and ice cream dessert is free. Colouring in sheets and highchairs are provided.  Various locations.

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  • Stripe Cafe

    This hidden gem is famous for its home made baked goods and fantastic free trade coffee from atomic. Operating for 4 years, it has become an institution amongst locals with its beautiful courtyard and sandpit for the kids. The menu suits everyone from vegans and gluten free-ers, to the most carnivorous of carnivores and everyone in between.

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  • The Crab Shack

    The Crab Shack is a coastal themed casual dining and drinking experience. Whilst we cater for all tastes, we specialise in seafood with a special emphasis on crab yet including other fabulous meals.  "By the Scoop", "From the Earth" "From the Charcoal Barrel" are all included on our menu.

    The Crab Shack provides fun, smiles and frivolity in a casual yet entertaining waterfront environment. Affordable is an understatement, and kids eat free on Sundays!

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  • Baduzzi

    Baduzzi offers an Italian fix with a stop-off in New York for styling and menu tips.  Baduzzi means meatballs and here they are taken seriously. Well-seasoned crayfish and savoy cabbage meatballs served with a gutsy carrot sauce are very good, as are the grilled Wagyu versions with onion gravy and salsa verde. They also have a fantastic kids' menu. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week, and lunch and dinner on weekends.

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    • Location: N° 10 - 26 CORNER JELLICOE STREET
  • Hallertau

    Like with our handcrafted beers, you won’t find any packet-mix nonsense in our kitchen restaurant, it’s all about fistfuls of freshness. So fresh in fact we pluck the fruit and veg from our own kitchen garden as much as we can. We bake our own bread and make our own sauces. Our eggs are laid by our free roaming brewery chooks. If you listen, you’ll hear they hiccup rather than cluck.

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    • Location: Just 20 minutes drive from the city along State Highway 16.
      1171 Coatesville Riverhead Hwy, Riverhead, Auckland
  • Monsoon Poon

    Monsoon Poon offers choices from exotic places such as India, South China, Vietnam and Indonesia with the chefs cooking in full view of the dining room. The children can enjoy little meals such as chicken satay, kaora veges and fried rice or share dishes with the grown ups. The children’s menu has some colouring in and activities to entertain them while you wait.

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  • Milse Britomart

    Nestled next door to Ortolana in a little Britomart laneway is Auckland’s original dessert only restaurant and patisserie, Milse. This decadent dessert bar offers an intimate space for lovers of all things sweet.

    Dine in on one of our three-course dessert degustation options, or choose a stick gelato, verrine, gateau or macaron to take away.

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  • Catroux

    Catroux's brunch menu changes with the seasons and they offer delectable baked sweet treats, great coffee and fresh juices. There is a delightful kids menu plus they have a sandpit for entertainment.

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  • The Unbakery

    The Unbakery offers a small menu of lunch items that changes weekly. Goodness for little tummies and you too Mum and Dad.  They don't use any filler ingredients, only the good stuff.  Cakes are made without gluten, dairy, sugar or soy. A cute intimate space, with a large communal table (and a couple of smaller tables) that has wonderfully friendly staff!

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  • La Fourchette

    La Fourchette offers a fabulous full French gastronomic experience throughout the day. Starting from 7am our shop provides freshly baked pastries & breads, pâtisseries and takeaway coffees. Our café and restaurant offers a full modern a la carte menu inspired by classic French recipes all made with quality produce. Sundays KIDS dine for FREE with every adult meal purchased.

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  • Swashbucklers

    Fun, pirate-themed restaurant with excellent marina location (Westhaven Marina). Seafood is the speciality but the menu is varied, including a good size and interesting Kids' Menu. Lots of parking, outdoor dining, open all day from 7am, bookings recommended for evening dining.

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  • The Tannery

    The Tannery serves up Mt Atkinson coffee, Kohu Road ice cream and Best Ugly bagels. A great cafe that is a must to visit.  The play area for the kids offers a caravan inside the building that is filled with books and toys to keep the little ones entertained and out of trouble.  A great place to unwind and enjoy life's simple pleasures .

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  • The Postmans Leg

    Kids Menu - check, Kids entertainment - sandpit, activity sheets, colouring pens, petanque - check!  Their weekday rituals (3-8pm) include Tuesday's ribs, Wednesday's pizzas, Thursday's steak night and Friday's offering of good ole fish and chips.  The Postmans Leg offers a great spot for friends and family to catch up and ensure that all will have an enjoyable dining experience. 

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  • The Honey Centre and Café

    Only 40 minutes north of Auckland and in close proximity to Warkworth vineyards and beaches is the Honey Centre where kids can enjoy the live bee display as well as the café style meals and honey and fruit ice creams. Also on site is a one hour sheep ‘n’ show presentation.

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  • Food Truck Garage

    Our mission is simple – to show that fast food can be good food. We make simple, fresh food that tastes good and does you good. That means real food, rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, proudly free-range and naturally fast.

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  • Prego

    Dine in the courtyard, at the bar by the fire, or at the bistro-style tables inside, our traditional Italian food is always made from the best fresh local produce, the wine list is stacked with the best value New Zealand and international producers and, of course, our service is consistently good wherever you are sitting.

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  • Cornwall Park Garden Restaurant

    Only a kilometre away from the Greenlane motorway interchange is this restaurant set in the grounds of one of Auckland’s most stunning parks. The kids’ menu has eggs or sausages for breakfast while the kids’ lunch menu offers crispy chicken pieces, little sausages or ham and cheese sandwiches. Parents can choose from an a la carte menu or share the scrumptious selection of savouries, petite sandwiches and sweet items at morning tea from 9 – 11.30 am. There is a changing room and highchairs are available.

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  • The Unbakery - Ponsonby

    The Unbakery Ponsonby offers 45 seats, full table service and a fabulous menu.  Serve a range of delicious breakfast items and lunch dishes from 11am.  There is also a selection of smoothies, teas, teeccino (herbal coffee, seriously good), Kokako cold brew coffee, cakes, tarts, slices, cheesecakes and cookies from the cabinet all day. Great for feeding little tummies!

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  • Dantes Pizzeria

    Dante’s Pizzas are made with Caputo flour from Napoli, tomato from San Marzano, mozzarella cheese from Campana and are baked in the wood fired oven hand made in Napoli by Gianni Acunto the master of his craft. At Dante’s It’s like having a slice of Italy away from Italy.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • North Canterbury
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Rotorua
  • Queenstown
  • Taranaki
  • South Canterbury
  • Taupo
  • Southland
  • Waikato
  • Wanaka
  • West Coast
  • Whangarei
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tauranga
  • Gisborne
  • Hamilton
  • Napier
  • Kapiti
  • Palmerston North
  • Whanganui
  • New Plymouth
  • Arrowtown
  • Te Anau
  • Akaroa
  • Ashburton
  • Hanmer
  • Kaikoura
  • Methven
  • Mt Cook
  • Oamaru
  • Tekapo
  • Timaru
  • Abel Tasman
  • Motueka
  • Nelson Lakes
  • Blenheim
  • Picton
  • Catlins
  • Gore
  • Stewart Island
  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
  • Cromwell
  • Greymouth
  • Hokitika
  • Westport
  • Glenorchy

Our favourite destinations…

Auckland destination2


New Zealand’s economic heart and biggest city is also an exciting family visitor destination, situated on a sunny harbour with city beaches just minutes away from the CBD. Orientate yourself by heading down to Viaduct Harbour, wandering the waterfront, checking out the super yachts or enjoying the waterfront restaurants. Nearby is the must-visit Sky Tower along with excellent and kid-friendly museums and tons of exciting activities!


Wellington is New Zealand’s capital. Here you will find New Zealand's parliament buildings, including the 'Executive Wing', more well-known as 'The Beehive' due to its distinctive shape. Another icon to look out for is the Wellington Tram, which was the main means of public transport between 1878 and 1964.


With a population of around 400,000 Christchurch, in Canterbury, is the South Island ’s largest city, yet much of it has the feel of a small town. Perhaps that’s why it’s known as the Garden City but with the expansive Hagley Park, Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, River Avon and numerous beaches the city certainly has an open, relaxed feel that’s hard to beat.


With its well-deserved reputation as New Zealand’s activity adventure capital you’ll never run out of activities and things to do in Queenstown, but you may run out of time! With breathtaking scenery, activities and festivals, cafes and restaurants, skiing and snowboarding, shopping and wineries, this lakeside alpine resort rates as one of the world’s top vacation destinations for all ages and seasons.


Rotorua sits on the shore of Lake Rotorua, one of sixteen lakes in the area formed by hundreds of thousands of years of eruptions from the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The area is renowned for its geothermal activity and top of any activity list is to see the bubbling mud pools that are around the region for yourself. The Waimangu Volcanic Valley offers a first hand insight into the devastation caused by the 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera and is a great place to discover steaming volcanic craters and bubbling, spitting  pools of mud!

Nelson and Golden Bay

The Nelson and Golden Bay regions, at the top of the South Island, boast enviable sunshine hours, glorious sandy beaches, safe swimming spots, lots of wildlife to look out for, and Abel Tasman National Park - an absolute must to explore, on foot, by kayak, your own craft or watertaxi.  Nelson is home to a vibrant arts and crafts community with a fabulous Saturday market, and is close to award-winning wineries and family-friendly bike tracks to take you around the coast.

Hawkes Bay

Napier was rebuilt after the 1931 earthquake and is now known as NZ's Art Deco City.  The Art Deco influence has created a unique city – nowhere else can you see such a varied concentration of art deco style. With over 2,200 sunshine hours a year, Napier is a year-round holiday destination with countless activities to entertain the kids – there's days of entertainment on Marine Parade alone, plus numerous other family-friendly trips and activities.  Add to that the beaches, walks and flat cycle paths, outdoor cafes and entertainment, and you have a perfect holiday destination!


Beautiful, unspoiled beaches, fishing, historic gum fields, kauri forests – the Far North has it all. With subtropical temperatures, it's often known as ‘the Winterless north', with warm, humid summers and mild winters.
Gateway to the Bay of Islands, Paihia is a pretty, lively beachside town and a perfect base for your family holiday. It’s your start point for Bay of Island adventures including day cruises, sailing, kayaking, swimming with dolphins and reef or wreck diving.