Hawkes Bay, Family Restaurants

  • The Thirsty Whale

    Overlooking Napier harbour, the Thirsty Whale Bar & Restaurant is a prime spot to meet up with friends as you drink in the scenery.
    We offer breakfast, all-day and dinner menus as well as an exciting children's menu.

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  • Te Awa Winery Restaurant

    At Te Awa, we pride ourselves on creating a relaxed and memorable Hawkes Bay dining experience. Our menu provides a taste sensation of local produce with a Mediterranean/Middle Eastern leaning. The dishes are designed for sharing and can be enjoyed with our premium collection of Te Awa wines amongst the lush vineyard backdrop.

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  • Cafe DMP - Napier

    We have an extensive menu offering all day breakfast and lunch, a dedicated children's menu, and enticing daily specials. All items are made to order from the finest of freshly sourced local Hawkes Bay ingredients.

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  • Silky Oak Chocolates Café - Napier

    The Silky Oak Café in Napier, Hawke's Bay offers savoury and sweet fare (some of which feature our chocolate product). Quality service and quality café food, suitable for most palates. Try our famous Extreme Chocolate drink, served with or without chilli. It’s divine!

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  • Breakers Café and Bar - Napier

    Breakers have a kids’ menu offering cheeseburgers, pasta, hot dogs nuggets, fish bites and chips and main meals for adults include steaks, sandwiches and burgers. Highchairs are available and Breakers also have a Grommet Club for children – join online and you will get instant special discounts, games and fun packs when you eat at Breakers!

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  • Jersey Kitchen - Napier

    Cute little cafe in Onekawa, Napier that serves up a huge variety of freshly prepared breakfasts, lunches and snacks. All cakes are homemade!

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  • Rush Munro's Ice Cream Garden - Hastings

    Our beautiful ice cream gardens offer a fantastic spot for everyone to enjoy one of our 22 flavours, all 100% natural.

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  • Burger Wisconsin - Havelock North

    Burger Wisconsin pride themselves on only using the finest and freshest ingredients in their food. Not only are their burgers tasty but they are probably the healthiest you will find as well. Choose one of the many burgers on their menu or build your own burger! Check the website for which outlets are eat in and which are takeaway only.

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  • Hot Chick BBQ Chicken :: Napier

    A healthier fast food alternative, tasty, great value and perfect location. Hot Chick specialise in chicken bbq'd over NZ volcanic rock. Their menu includes special family meal packs as well as junior options. They even have a price for toddlers' ice creams! Takeaway or deliveries, or eat in outside, right at the beach.

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  • The Londoner

    A little piece of England right in the heart of Taradale.

    For lunch, dinner or snacks it's the perfect retreat for a casual Meal or a drink with family and friends.

    “Luvvly Jubbly!”

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  • The Boardwalk

    Our menu will tantalise your taste buds and the view will relax your soul. With choices from Burgers & Sandwiches to our Steak House Selection from the Grill, or just Dessert and Coffee, we have something to entice you.
    Children's menu and activity sheets.

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  • Café Botannix - Napier

    This café is situated in the delightful garden setting of Palmers Garden Centre and has indoor and outdoor dining. They offer brunch, lunch, snacks and meals as well as home-made savouries, cakes and slices. There is a playground also to keep the children entertained.

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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.