Manawatu, Family Restaurants

  • Cobb and Co. - Levin

    One of New Zealand’s premier family dining venues, providing a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, hearty fare and affordable prices. read more

  • Flat Hills Cafe & Tourist Park - Ohingaiti

    Flat Hills offers a wide variety of reasons to stop in, take a break and let the kids play, all whilst you relax and enjoy this lovely country setting.  Not only does the cafe offe... read more

  • Breakers Restaurant - Wanganui

    If life’s a beach then welcome to your own private cove at Breakers Restaurant.  We’re the closest you’ll get to the beach without board shorts and bikinis – so surf on down to Breakers Restaurant to enjoy great food and a relaxed atmosphere.
    Great for kids, varied menu and birthday parties a speciality.

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    • Web: breakers.kiwi/
    • Location: Guyton Street, Whanganui, New Zealand
      Corner of St Hills & Guyton Streets
  • Black Pearl Cafe

    Bubble tea is a cold drink, originally from Taiwan. The tea is infused with fruit flavour, shaken to produce bubbles, and served over tapioca pearls in a clear cup. It is usually drunk through a very special wide straw. It also called “Pearl tea”.
    We are not only serving up only bubble tea and coffee. We also serve Asian fusion food with extremely fresh and high quality ingredients. Asian Fusion Cuisine is a blend of various Asian styles of cooking or a blend of Asian style with another style of cooking altogether. In other words, food based on one culture, but prepared using ingredients and flavours inherent to another culture.

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  • Joseph Street Kitchen - Palmerston North

    Palmy's best kept secret...a hidden gem! Just good food and coffee. Fresh salads and home baked goodies.

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  • Windermere Farms Cafe - Wanganui

    Windemere café features an all-day brunch and blackboard lunch menu, as well as cabinet food, freshly baked muffins and scones served with jam and cream, and a range of gluten free menu options. They make fresh salads with farm grown produce, fantastic espresso coffees, real fruit smoothies, berry fruit ice creams and sundaes, all to be enjoyed whilst overlooking the strawberry patch.  Open October to May.

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  • Kristy's Cafe - Wanganui

    Kristy's Cafe is positioned between the “151 On London” motel complex and St Johns Garden Centre. This cafe has its own parking area for easy access, and links through to the garden centre.  There is inside and an outside dining area, amid cool and inviting fernery.  Appetizing range of food and a great reputation for good food and their iconic Raetihi pies are “not to be missed”.

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  • Joes Garage - Palmerston North

    All of Joe's favourites are on the menu, and the kids options are always great...museli, pikelets, eggs on toast, bangers and beans - the list goes on!

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  • The Brick House - Wanganui

    The Brick House Restaurant offers home-style roasts, great steaks and seafood and many other dishes. The meals are all served with either salad and chips or 6 fresh vegetables.
    Desserts are also made on the premises and you will enjoy favourites like apple crumble, steamed pudding & custard, pavlova roll, bread and butter pudding and our signature dessert – lemon meringue pie.
    Families will enjoy the chance to dine out together at a reasonable price and there is something on the menu to suit all ages.

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  • The Herb Farm - Palmerston North

    With a menu centred around local, free range and organic produce incorporating fresh herbs from their gardens, they offer a delicious menu and are open seven days a week. Their kids menu options are tasty and include a special cookie and juice.

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  • The Woolshed Cafe

    The Woolshed Cafe is situated on State Highway One, just 1 km south of Sanson and only a short drive from Palmerston North and Feilding. There is an outdoor area where you can sit, relax and watch the kids play in the playhouses and on the log walk. The cabinet range of delicious fare is extensive and they have blackboard specials and all day breakfast menu.  Plus if you love ice cream, they can have a great Kapiti Ice Cream selection and yummy homemade cakes or slices.

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  • Breakers - Palmerston North

    If life’s a beach then welcome to your own private cove at Breakers Restaurant.  We’re the closest you’ll get to the beach without board shorts and bikinis – so surf on down to Breakers Restaurant to enjoy great food and a relaxed atmosphere.
    Great for kids, varied menu and birthday parties a speciality.

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    • Web: breakers.kiwi/
    • Location: 168-190 Rangitikei Street, Palmerston North, 4410, New Zealand
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.