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

  • Cobb and Co. Papanui

    Welcome back to Cobb and Co PapanuiWe're excited to officially open our red doors in Christchurch!  We look forward to hosting you in our newest Cobb & Co. Come and experience all ... read more

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dux Dine

    The classic villa that houses Dux Dine was sympathetically converted into what is now a multi award winning Seafood and Vegetarian restaurant, voted The People’s Choice Best Establishment in 2014 and 2015, among other awards.
    Our Seafood and Vegetarian menu at Dux de Lux offered something for forward thinking individuals and quickly proved that even the hardest carnivore could find something on our menu to satisfy.

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  • 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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  • Lonestar Restaurant Riccarton

    This family favourite is open from noon until late. Irresistable menu, including one of the largest kids' menus around. Highchairs, toys and colouring things available for the kids - a great birthday party spot and cool atmosphere for everyone.

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  • The Good Home Ferrymead

    Good, hearty kiwi food, huge menu for adults and varied children's menu including healthy choices. Located in Ferrymead, close to the seaside and estuary, with in and outdoor dining.

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  • Zen Sushi and Dumplings

    Our sushi is made by the best sushi chefs. Our chefs not only ensure our sushi tastes heavenly delicious, they also pursue perfection to present the sushi in the highest standard, which is sure to please the eye!
    Make sure you try our dumplings too. We believe that the dumplings made by mum at home are the most delicious taste from our childhood memories. We'd like to bring that taste to you too!

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  • Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar

    Costas Taverna transports you to a night in the Mediterranean. As you take a seat at your table, the starry night sky twinkles overhead; the textured walls evoke the enchanting island architecture.
    The vibrant flavours you taste with every bite stretch back to our roots in mainland Greece.
    In keeping with the traditions of the Mediterranean diet, we included many delicious and nutritious ingredients, such as heart-healthy olive oil, fresh herbs and spices, and full flavoured garden vegetables.
    Excellent Greek kids' menu.

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  • Thai Chef

    Thai Chef’s Christchurch Restaurant features the authentic taste of Thailand, while offering a modern dining experience. Food is prepared from fresh, quality ingredients and presented with elegance in a dining setting filled with all the richness of Thai colour, sound and art. Meals are served family style so you can share the Thai experience.

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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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  • Lonestar Restaurant Papanui

    This family favourite is open from noon until late. Irresistable menu, including one of the largest kids' menus around. Highchairs, toys and colouring things available for the kids - a great birthday party spot and cool atmosphere for everyone.

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  • Clink Restaurant and Bar

    Open all day, fully licensed, close to the beach and childrens' menu available. Indoor dining with cosy fireplace or outdoor courtyard. Takeaway pizzas available. Extensive menu in addition to pizzas, including good seafood and steak options. Childrens' menu includes breakfast and dinner choices.

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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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  • 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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  • Fiddlesticks Restaurant and Bar

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

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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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  • 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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  • Nandos Riccarton

    A popular restaurant, easy and quick if you're with the kids. Portugese chicken themed, with lots of healthy options. Separate menu for under 10s along with very extensive main menu with three size options, as well as Family Feasts to share.

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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.