North Canterbury, Family Restaurants

  • Flukes Seaside Cafe, Kaikōura

    Situated right on the sea front, this place offers a relaxed atmosphere with the best views in town. Plus there is a great little playground complete with slides, swings and climbing frames for the kids to enjoy that's right on the beach!   Open from 7am through summer and from 9am during winter.   Flukes Seaside Cafe is Kaikōura's best kept secret, offering a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee or tea and sample the homemade muffins, scones and savoury items on offer. All day cabinet food also available.
    Flukes Cafe offers free WiFi to all our guests. Take time to send pics home or update your social media accounts with the amazing pics you took while you were out whale watching.

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  • Robbies Bar and Bistro - Hanmer Springs

    Robbies is a casual restaurant and bar with a friendly atmosphere and an extensive a la carte and children's menu. We are conveniently located in the heart of Hanmer opposite the hot pools in the historic old Post Office building. Sit in front of the fire when its cooler, and soak up the character and ambience of this wonderful old building, or walk through the french doors to our sheltered courtyard for outdoor dining and relaxing in the sun. Come and experience the well-known Robbies hospitality. No reservation required. We can also cater for group functions. Open 7 days for breakfast lunch and dinner from 8:00am.

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  • Allure Cafe - Kaikoura

    Allure Cafe is favoured by locals and a great place to stop in with t he kids to select something yummy and tasty from their menu.

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  • Beach House Cafe - Kaikoura

    The Beach House Cafe serves up home-made food with local produce, free range eggs and happy bacon.  Great food service and coffee plus they have a children's room where they can be kept amused and entertained!

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  • Fire & Ice Cafe - Hanmer Springs

    Opposite the entrance to the Thermal Pools & Spa is the Fire & Ice Cafe.  Serving a great selection of meals to choose from and their is a great kids playground onsite so you can sit back and relax whilst the kids are entertained.

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  • Hislops Wholefood Cafe - Kaikoura

    This all day/evening café has a reputation for fresh organic food of a consistently high quality. The cafe provides breakfast, daytime blackboard and evening restaurant menus, including children’s menu. Takeaways are available throughout the day. The cafe occupies a renovated villa featuring natural wood and has the feel of light, space and air. A veranda and garden allow for pleasant outside dining. Delight your taste buds with a light, crisp garden salad or for something decadent, try the divine chocolate cake or the award winning apricot and chocolate cream cheese slice. We have highchairs available and a box of toys and books to occupy the children. Fully licensed.

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  • Tea Kiosk Café & Grill - Hanmer Springs

    Along with a superb main menu to choose from there’s a breakfast menu and one designed especially for the kids.  There is also a range of snacks available to cater to those who want to hurry back to the fun and excitement of the pools as quickly as possible. There’s also a full range of hot and cold drinks, and a delicious selection of ice creams and ice blocks available too.

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  • Rustic Cafe and Tapas Bar - Hanmer Springs

    Spanish theme but with varied menu and children welcome. Popular for the fabulous tapas platters. Very filling and tasty meals and casual atmosphere. In and outdoor dining. Open for lunch and dinner and very central location.

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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.