Bay of Plenty, Family Restaurants

  • Katikati Bird Gardens - Tauranga

    This privately owned park with delightful gardens, lily ponds and secret paths is on the edge of Tauranga Harbour and features a wide range of native and colourful birds.  This is ... read more

  • Pacifica Cafe

    Pacifica is the perfect place to bring the family for lunch. We have a fantastic kids menu to choose from which can be enjoyed in the cafe or from within our lovely shaded playground, or picnic tables on the grass in the sunshine. Our four chickens; Fab-a-chick-boom, Gingernut, Louis and Mildred live next to the playground for the kids to visit and our fish in the ponds in the garden centre, are firm favourites.

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  • AvGas Cafe and Bar

    A hidden gem in Tauranga is AvGas Café & Bar, located at the Classic Flyers Museum. Inside the café there is a fenced play area for your little one complete with ride on plane, toys, books and musical instruments. Outside there is a large playground that is also fenced with a mini plane and train, swing, slide, underground tunnel, life-size war planes and helicopters that you can climb inside and play. This playground is adored by children both young and old. There are covered picnic tables outside so you can watch your little ones while they play. The “Little Friend” coffee deal which consists of a coffee, muffin, fluffy and a ride in the pedal car for little ones is only $8 during 9-11am weekdays. A great way to spend the morning.

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  • Babinka Restaurant and Bar

    Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining with fantastic river views combined with great service. Their menu includes seafood, steak and curries. Their kids menu offers hot dog, chicken nuggets or fish bites from $6.90. And if you don’t want to leave your motel, Babinka also has a motel delivery service for $5.

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  • Elizabeth Cafe & Larder

    Elizabeth Cafe & Larder serves great food, the best coffee and has truly dedicated staff to serve you and the family 7 days a week.  They have a great kids menu that features the likes of waffles, bacon & eggs with soldiers, pan-fried fish & chips served with carrot sticks and plenty more options to enjoy.  

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  • Tay Street Beach Cafe - Mt Maunganui

    Tay Street Beach Cafe is a popular brunch and lunch spot where locals go in the Mount with a reputation for the best Eggs Benedict, Salads and Vegetarian around.  Serving great coffee and food that the kids will love too, there is both indoor and outdoor seating available.

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  • Grindz Cafe - Tauranga

    Grindz Cafe is a warm and friendly establishment catering for everyone’s needs. Offering perfect coffee and nourishing food at reasonable prices.  Be sure to come and check it out!

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  • Oak Tree Restaurant

    Welcome to The Oak Tree Restaurant, a modern buffet service restaurant with a focus on a wide range premium food tastes. Established in 2008, The Oak Tree Restaurant is a live cooking, buffet restaurant located in the city of Tauranga. Our range of food options consist of a range delicious dishes including: roast of the day, soups, deli & salad bar, hot food selection, desserts, and beverages.
    Children under 2 years are free and there's a child price for 3-10 year olds.

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  • Astrolabe Brew Bar

    Astrolabe Brew Bar is in the heart of Mount Maunganui’s local community. The restaurant is adorned with eclectic kiwiana memorabilia and retro furniture. The relaxed atmosphere provides a homely welcoming environment for families and the menu will cater to all taste buds. There is an outside courtyard with tables and a children’s playground complete with a fort, a slide and ride on mower.

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  • Nourish Cafe

    Wanting a relaxed, friendly café environment to enjoy with your children? Then look no further!  They have two children's play areas – one indoor and one outdoor, where you can enjoy a breakfast or lunch while being able to watch them play in a safe, child friendly space.  Plenty of room outside for them to let off some steam while you relax and enjoy your meal under the vines.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Coromandel
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Queenstown
  • South Canterbury
  • Taranaki
  • Southland
  • Taupo
  • Wanaka
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • 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…


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.