Nelson & Golden Bay, Family Restaurants

  • The Mermaid's Beach House -

    Open in summer only - but definitely worth making a beeline to! Scrumptious plant based food shack with outside seating serving great coffee, mouth-watering salads, specialized smoothies and stunning vegan cake. Wholesome eating that tastes amazing and is bursting with goodness.

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  • Burger Culture - Nelson

    Welcome to Burger Culture, Nelson’s only dedicated burger joint – fresh, handcrafted, independent. Our fundamental goal is to create a destination that delights the senses. Be nostalgic, cast your mind back to when you were a kid; you only ever did what you wanted to do. Stuff that’s fun, exciting, maybe a bit rebellious. This is a playground for your inner child, let that kid out – it’s still there, screaming out for a burger.

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  • The Woolshed Cafe - Takaka

    Canaan Woolshed is a traditional NZ woolshed which has been converted into a coffee and craft shop.
    We have coffee, real fruit ice cream, cake, scones  and offer cabinet food and toasted sandwiches for more filling options. Our opening hours in the Summer are Tues-Sunday 10AM-4PM.
    We are open weekends only out of peak season. For current hours check our Facebook page. The shop sells wool, felted and woven wool products, cards and other quality souvenirs. Outside you can experience farm animals up close and there is an outdoor picnic area.

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  • Riverside Café - Motueka

    Situated in a charming 150 year old homestead, Riverside Café serves inspiring, delicious food, wonderful coffee, and a tempting selection of cakes and brioche baked daily. Our seasonal menu includes Tasman specialties, wild meats, great vegetarian options and lots of produce from the extensive Riverside gardens. Room to roam for the kids including a playground onsite.

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  • The Beach Cafe - Tahunanui

    Located right on the beach in Tahuna Reserve, recognised for excellence, quality food and beverages - served all day long from early morning until 5pm. 7 days a week, all year round. Very kind friendly with adjacent play area.



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  • Dangerous Kitchen -

    By day, we are a café serving the best local eggs in the district and in true kiwi style, a world class coffee experience. By night, we are a caped crusading restaurant dishing out our famous pizza, freshly inspired in-season pastas, salads, burritos, hot soups, platters & desserts!  99% of our fresh produce is grown locally and either organically or sprayfree. All of our eggs are free range and all of our breakfast eggs are from local free range and organically fed chickens. We have been actively forging relationships with local growers and supporting the movement of local food production. We know where and how this food is grown.

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  • Lambrettas Cafe and Bar - Nelson

    An Italian theme prevails with pizzas, pastas and smoked antipasto, all of gargantuan proportions to challenge even the heartiest appetite. Children are welcome here – we have a special tots menu, and there's even a safe, enclosed play area with toys to keep them entertained. Lambretta's operates a healthy, 'minimal fried food' policy and provides double filtered water, literally on tap. Tots’ Tummy Ticklers menu includes plain steamed pasta, nachos, pasta with cheese, grilled fish and baby pizzas.

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  • Crusoe's Cafe - Nelson

    Crusoe’s Cafe is a comfortable, inviting restaurant, our food is hearty, flavourful and comforting. Our chef has 30 years of culinary experience and has created an eclectic, exciting menu, made from locally sourced ingredients and flavours. There are great indoor & outdoor seating areas and a fully fenced children's playground.

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  • Penguino Gelato Cafe - Nelson

    Penguinos is a Nelson institution and has a reputation for great ice cream and gelato.  They continually create and refine wonderful new flavours, providing superb gelatos for regular customers as well as the many tourists who flock to Nelson in the summer months.  Creative and exuberant, you will have fun trying extraordinary flavours not normally associated with ice creams. 

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  • Lonestar - Nelson

    "Wow" you really need to try this one! Lone Star's legendary meals, outstanding service, and famous atmosphere are now part of accepted folklore in 16 New Zealand cities. Our new menu has made it’s delectable debut with new stars such as the Ravishing Rib-eye and Hooked On A Feeling, nestling comfortably amongst old favourites, Lassoo of Hog and Dixie Chicken, to name just a few that are available for your gastronomic delight. Children are exceptionally well looked after with their own Kiwi Kids’ menu, with choices such as Barney’s Ribs, Chief Mini Drums, Chicken or Lamb Wrap, Little Big Steak, Nipper’s Fish ‘n’ Chips and heaps more!

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  • The Apple Shed Cafe - Mapua

    Only 30 minutes drive from Nelson, on the picturesque wharf in the seaside village of Mapua, you'll find The Apple Shed Cafe.  Offering a warm, friendly atmosphere with breathtaking views of the Waimea Inlet, yacht moorings and Richmond Ranges. Serve delicious, innovative dishes using the finest produce with great options for all and a great looking kids menu.

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  • Jellyfish Cafe & Bar - Mapua

    Great food with Mediterranean influences – come and enjoy our seaside café and bar right on the wharf at Mapua. Open for breakfast lunch and dinner and with a great kids menu and options available.

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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.