Northland, Family Restaurants

  • Mangonui Fish and Chip Shop

    Located over the water in Mangonui Harbour, the ‘world famous’ Mangonui Fish shop is built on a wharf and has an all weather deck and seating for up to 100. They provide highchairs. All their fish is caught locally, there is plenty to choose from and there are hot dogs as well as fish and chips! The atmosphere is bustling and fun, and the views create the perfect location to enjoy excellent fish and chips.

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    • Phone: 09 406 0478
    • Location: Beach Road, Mangonui, Doubtless Bay
  • 35 South - Paihia

    35° South Aquarium Restaurant & Bar is located right on the waterfront in Paihia that all the family will enjoy.  Kids will love the 60 000 litre salt water Aquarium located right in the middle of the restaurant and with a fabulous kids menu to select from they will be spoilt for choice.

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    • Phone: 09 402 6220
    • Location: 69 Marsden Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Smashed Pipi Cafe - Magawhai

    Located in the heart of Mangawhai Village and offering a great array of breakfast, brunch, lunch, meal options, including home baked cakes and slices.

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    • Phone: 09 431 4848
    • Location: 40 Moir Street, Mangawhai
  • Schnappa Rock Restaurant & Bar - Tutukaka

    Placed on the shoreline of the picturesque Tutukaka Harbour, the restaurant is a unique Fale style building with ample dining seating and a spacious bar. Open 7 days from 8am. Offering a delicious menu all round including a fab kids menu to select from.

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    • Phone: 09 434 3774
    • Location: Corner Marina Road and Marlin Place, Tutukaka
  • The Black Olive - Kerikeri

    The Black Olive has a gorgeous deck for you to relax on and an outdoor garden area and children's playground to keep the kids entertained.  Offering a perfectly casual place to have a wonderful evening there is also a great kids menu to choose from.

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    • Phone: 09 407 9693
    • Location: 308 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Riverside Cafe - Whangarei

    Riverside Café is located in the centre of the Town Basin Marina overlooking the Hatea River. With indoor and outdoor seating options and a great breakfast and lunch menu including homemade cakes and savouries.  Family-friendly dining, open all day from 8am - 5pm.

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    • Phone: 09 430 0467
    • Location: 14 Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei
  • The Old Saddlery Cafe - Kaeo

    This family restaurant situated in Kaeo is open every day except Christmas Day. They have a great variety of food, including burgers, bacon and eggs and eggs benedict.

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    • Phone: 09 405 0502
    • Location: 7 Leigh Street, Kaeo, Northland
  • Shippey's - Paihia

    This unique ship is dry docked on the beach next to the Waitangi bridge. It was converted into a restaurant with plenty of seating downstairs and upstairs to eat in and enjoy the whole Shippey's experience.  Great for the kids to explore and a good selection of kids meals available.  Fully licensed bar for the adults.

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    • Phone: 09 402 7757
    • Location: Next to the Waitangi Bridge on way to the Treaty Grounds, Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • The Cove Cafe - Waipu

    Situated just across the street from the beach, The Cove Cafe serves up great coffee and has a good looking breakfast menu including a selection of smoothies and their lunch/dinner menu ranges from burgers and pizza to prawns and lamb.

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    • Phone: 09 432 0234
    • Location: 910 Cove Road, Waipu Cove
  • Kick Back Cafe - Omaha

    Unwind and replenish your body and spirit at the laidback and stylish Kick Back Cafe. Service breakfast, brunch, burgers, diners, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, seafood and vegetarian.  A great place to bring the kids.

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    • Phone: 09 422 99 31
    • Location: 1 matariki street, Omaha beach, Warkworth
  • The Pear Tree Restaurant – Kerikeri

    This restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining is located in the historic Kerkeri Basin. Children can enjoy playing on the back lawn. Highchairs and children’s menu provided (chicken tenderloins, fish, hot dogs, macaroni cheese) and all junior meals are served with a soft drink and ice cream sundae. You can also cruise to the Kerikeri Inlet on a steamboat ride which leaves right outside the restaurant!

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    • Phone: 09 407 8479
    • Location: 215 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Caffeine Espresso Cafe - Whangarei

    Caffeine Espresso Cafe is a cosy and friendly space that offers a great menu and kids selection, they also have family deals. 

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    • Phone: 09 438 6925
    • Location: 4 Water Street, Whangarei
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  • Picton
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  • Central Plateau
  • Invercargill
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  • Greymouth
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  • 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.