Christchurch, Family Restaurants

  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

    This is your guaranteed opportunity to see a real kiwi! This is a fantastic place for all the family as the range of experiences ensures there is something for everyone. For the li... read more

  • Spagalimis Pizzeria

    Drop into Spagalimis Pizzeria for a warm and welcoming vibe,  family friendly atmosphere, separate children's menu, huge choice of pizzas and superb birthday packages.   Plus we ha... read more

  • Happy Cow

    This is a really great website for finding vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in your location.  It's worldwide but has extensive and accurate results.

    The website also features good vegetarian restaurants and other animal-friendly products.  Let's eat less animals and support Happy Cow!

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  • Shroom Room

    The coolest cafe of vegan and vegetarian goodness, in Lyttelton with fantastic outdoor space which often has buskers or other live entertainment.
    Casual hang out and a locals' favourite.  Very enticing cabinet food, amazing sweet things and cake, and awesome lunch menu!
    Open daily until 3pm.

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  • Arbour Woodfired Pizza

    With a menu that follows the seasons using almost exclusively New Zealand sourced ingredients, our highly experienced, dedicated pizza chefs work with our beautiful woodfired oven to produce stunning artisanal pizza you can’t get anywhere else.
    Amazing vegan pizzas - with creativity and flair!

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  • Portershed Cafe

    Portershed, authentic, vintage specialty cafe' that is 100% cruelty free, plant based, vegan and has all the traditional kiwi favourites.
    People's Choice National Winner - Cafe of The Year
    Great atomosphere, buzzy plant-based cafe and grocery.
    Open daily 8am-4pm

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  • Grater Goods

    We stock a huge range of plant-based meats, cheeses, pates, butter and other deli items such as handmade chocolates, smoked garlic, infused oils, cookies and more.
    Our cafe serves a range of hot drinks, beer and wine, raw bars, croissants, deli sandwiches, soups, platters, burgers and loaded fries.

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  • Barefoot Eatery

    Plant-based cafe open daily til 3pm.  Now open for dinners eat in or takeaway Thursday - Sunday! Serving Organic Acai Bowls, Smoothies, Burgers, Nourish Bowls, Raw Noodle Salad and... read more

  • The Little High Eatery

    Little High Eatery is Christchurch's newest and most unique space to eat out.  There's nothing else like this.  Experience eight different local and family-run businesses inside our modern marketplace with plenty of shared seating.

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  • Winnie Bagoes

    We believe that our pizzas at Winnies are right up there with NZ’s best – if not the best! With over 25 pizzas available there is something for everyone, plus great vegetarian and gluten free options. We have the variety to suit any taste bud but if it's not pizza you want then choose one of our great pastas or salads.

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  • Tutto Bene

    For more than thirteen years Tutto Bene has been delivering an outstanding dining experience to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand and the world.

    The lively ambiance, efficient, friendly service and delicious Italian-themed & NZ Regional offerings ensure our customers return time and time again. Tutto Bene is well-known for its upbeat style of dining and its great vibe for families.

    Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free options and takeaway menu available. Reservations recommended (esp. Friday and Saturday). Fully licenced, with a full bar / cocktail menu.

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  • Rollickin Dessert Cafe

    A Dessert Cafe full of organic espresso, gelato & sorbet yum!  Our dairy-free fruit sorbets are made with a hefty kilo & a half of real fruit. Tick!  Your fruit intake done for the day.  For our creative dessert concoctions like Banoffee Pie. We start with house made biscuity crumbs & salty caramel sauce & Whittakers Dark Chocolate. Then we go nuts smashin, foldin, ripplein it through banana gelato (made with real banananananas of course!)   Our gelato is super flavoursome & puku filling. Filling because it hasn’t had mega air whipped into it to puff it up & make it go further. (oh no…like everyday icecream).   FREE WEE TASTES!


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  • Addington Coffee Co.

    A Christchurch institution and one of the best cafes and spaces to dine in Christchurch!  Open 7 days.
    We serve our house roasted Jailbreaker Coffee, a selection of sweet and savoury cabinet treats, and our famous brunch menu

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  • Formaggio's Ristorante & Pizzeria

    Italian style suburban restaurant and pizzeria.. Come down to our Colombo St location and enjoy our Italian-style neighbourhood dining. Reserve your table or place a takeaway order. We have plenty of parking out the back to make everything super-easy!

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  • Fiddlesticks Restaurant and Bar

    Serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, with kids' menu.  Sociable and relaxed.

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  • Antigua Boatshed Cafe

    See our bright, green striped boat sheds and cafe, right on the banks of the willow lined River Avon, in Christchurch town centre. Our friendly cafe offers cosy indoor or sunny outdoor dining - lots of space to spread out and enjoy a lazy day watching the ducks go about their business and rowers glide past. We offer an extensive menu - dozens of delicious breakfast choices, lunches to suit all tastes plus BBQ options. Fully licensed.

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  • Watershed Restaurant

    A great selection on offer for the kids that features a set menu whether dining in for lunch or dinner (that includes a main or brunch option & bottomless fizzy).  Other options include pancakes, corn fritters, pizza, fish bites, yummy desserts and more.  Plus there is kids entertainment every Sunday, 10.30am-12.30pm that includes face painting and balloon animals. 

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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.