Auckland, Family Restaurants

  • Papillon Cafe - Butterfly Creek

    Located at Butterfly Creek, Papillon Cafe is a great family destination in its own right with indoor/outdoor dining, sunny deck and wonderful playground. Cabinet food includes fres... read more

  • Pedros House of Lamb

    Pedro's House of Lamb supplies a signature dish for you to share with your loved ones!  Multi award-winning, Pedro’s Lamb is the perfect meal for families and has become a MUST in ... read more

  • 7 Summits Restaurant & Bar - Snowplanet

    Only 25 minutes north of Auckland Snowplanet holds the ultimate fun family dining experience with a difference! You can ski, snowboard, tube, toboggan or simply relax fireside in S... 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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  • Wagamama

    With orders taken on an electronic handheld device which are sent to the kitchen by radio signal, your dishes will be cooked and brought to your table immediately. The restaurant is modelled on those in Japan which have been popular for hundreds of years which means you don’t wait for everyone to be served – just tuck in when the dishes arrive at your table. The kids’ menu is available to those twelve and under and features specialties such as deep fried breadcrumbed chicken breast or grilled chicken breast served on rice or noodles. The website has an extremely useful list of which menu items are suitable for those on restricted foods like diabetics or those intolerant of wheat and gluten, lactose or shellfish. High chairs, colouring work book and crayons provided.

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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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  • Circus Circus

    Nestled in the heart of Auckland’s Mt Eden Village, is the extraordinary carnival themed cafe that is Circus Circus. This is a dining experience like no other! With fresh local produce, a menu that changes seasonally and several dining areas to choose from, we’ve got all the variety you could wish for making us perfect for groups of all shapes and sizes.

    For fun, funky carnival vibes and to add a bit of joy to your day, come join us at Circus Circus. We sure don’t clown around with our cuisine here! What’s more, we’re the only circus themed circus in Mt Eden, so this is an experience you won’t want to miss.

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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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    • Web: baduzzi.co.nz/
    • Location: N° 10 - 26 CORNER JELLICOE STREET
      UNIT 2, NORTH WHARF, AUCKLAND
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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…

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Auckland

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

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.

Christchurch

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.

Queenstown

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

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!

Northland

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.