Marlborough Sounds, Family Restaurants

  • Le Cafe

    Le Cafe, in Picton is perfectly located on the seashore, overlooking the stunning Marlborough Sounds and picturesque Picton harbour. Right across the street is plenty of grass to r... read more

  • Punga Cove Boatshed Cafe and Bar

    The Boatshed Café & Bar
    The historic Boatshed where many well-known boats have been built is now a unique establishment, set right over the water with a large jetty area & outdoor seating. Full range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks; espresso coffee and homemade muffins, cakes, paninis and pies. We also have fish and chips, platters, and pizzas on our lunch meneu, plus BBQs in the early evening. During the autumn/winter months, the Boatshed is open through the day for coffee, drinks, snacks and lunch.
    Evening meals are available in the Restaurant.

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  • Dobson Street Beer Garden

    A great place to stopover, family-friendly pizzeria (great kids menu options), outdoor garden for the kids to roam and enjoy.  Serving lots of tasty food, cakes and coffee too.

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  • Cafe Cortado - Picton

    Located right on the beautiful Picton waterfront and offering fresh contemporary fare, from fabulous pizza to a large selection of delicious NZ seafood.  You will enjoy slightly South American infused menus, created from fresh ingredients from the region. Great kids menu available.

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  • Red Salt Cafe, Bar & Restaurant - Picton

    The food at Red Salt Cafe, Bar & Restaurant is produced fresh each day by their resident chef, offering both menu and cabinet food to tempt the fussiest of taste buds.  The team are passionate about great food, delicious coffee and exceptional service. Their exciting range of food options include gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, and vegan.

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  • Railway Cafe & Ice Creamery - Blenheim

    At Blenheim Railway Cafe & Store we invite you to come & experience our award winning ice cream as well as enjoy our delicious and scrumptious food.

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  • Oxley's Bar and Kitchen - Picton

    Sitting in a prime position in the heart of Picton, Oxley’s is a place to go when you want a good old-fashioned Kiwi welcome, with fine food and drink to match.

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  • The Jolly Roger - Picton

    Located in beautiful, secluded Waikawa Bay, the Jolly Roger is only 3.5km from Picton. It’s an easy drive or a stunning stroll along a well-formed track. Escape the hustle and bussle of the ferry traffic and holiday-makers.

    Enjoy a mouth-watering array of food options - from salad to fresh Blue Cod to steak and everything in-between. Come in for a relaxed family dinner on the waterfront.

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  • Slip Inn Cafe and Restaurant - Havelock

    Nestled on the edge of the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, we are able to offer the “Famous Havelock Green Lipped Mussels” fresh off the boat, paired with our award winning Marlborough wines and stunning views over the marina that are hard to leave.  Opening from 8am daily we serve hearty or healthy breakfasts, with exceptional coffees.  Our lunch menu starts at 11am serving up something for everyone from the famous Havelock Green Lipped Mussels,  a fresh summer salad, pate or platter to steak sandwiches, burgers and our fantastic pizzas, and we also have fantastic vegetarian and gluten free options.   When 5 o’clock roles round we like to step it up a little and offer you a touch of finer dining, delivering you the best of our local produce and daily culinary specials from our chefs.  Kids' menu available.

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  • Apples for Charlotte - Havelock

    Welcome to Apples for Charlotte, a vintage inspired Eatery here in Havelock, Marlborough. Come on in and try our sweet and savoury treats made with love.

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  • The Barn Cafe and Restaurant

    Warm, friendly atmosphere, good value, great steak and seafood meals, salads, pizzas plus a great family Kiwi style menu.

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  • The Mussel Pot

    Located in the heart of Havelock – this is a unique and wonderful family restaurant. We guarantee fresh Marlborough mussels harvested in local waters, live to our door all year round. Come in and enjoy the popular choice of whole-shell mussels, steamed open in a choice of flavours or our half-shell mussels grilled with a choice of toppings. This is what New Zealand seafood is all about ! In winter the mix of atmosphere, warmth from our raging fire and friendly staff will help you enjoy the tastes that await you and with the emphasis on the local seafood and quality Marlborough wine the idyllic settings in our garden in the warmer months will make your experience with us a memorable one.

    Our mussel chowder is to die for and the kids can choose from their own menu. Smoked salmon, smoked chicken or grilled blue cod are just a few other specialities we have on the menu all year round.

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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…

Auckland destination2


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.