Northland, Family Restaurants

  • Helena Bay Gallery and Cafe

    Come and enjoy our beautiful garden setting with stunning ocean views. Relax with a cup of coffee, lunch or one of our many treats all made on site on our sheltered deck with breathtaking views or in our garden surrounded conservatory.

    We are fully licensed, serve breakfast, lunch, occasional dinners and a large variety of homemade cakes, cookies and snacks.

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  • Bennetts Café - Mangawhai

    Bennetts Café is casually chic and located just alongside the Chocolaterie, a place to indulge in their signature hot chocolate or treat friends and family to a fine lunch. The courtyards, french fountains and fireplaces offer a tranquil and charming ambiance with plenty of tables both inside and outdoors.  Open daily from 8.30am to 4.00pm for breakfast and lunch.

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  • Charlotte's Kitchen – Paihai

    Charlotte’s Kitchen brings a fresh approach to dining – with a killer view right at the end of the Wharf in Paihia, Bay of Islands!

    We have a menu that can be shared - from delicious free range pork knuckle to slow cooked lamb shoulder, plus a pizza selection hand crafted with the same love that Charlotte felt for all her conquests! If you’re not a sharer (and let’s face it some of us just aren’t) there is quite the tasty selection of dishes for one.

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  • 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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  • Zane Grey's Aquarium and Restaurant - Paihia

    Zane Grey's 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Marsden Estate Winery and Restaurant - Kerikeri

    A great place for a long lunch accompanied by fabulous wines.  Here you can enjoy an easy stroll around the estate gardens that the kids will enjoy too.  There is deck next to the pond where you can relax under the sun on the bean bags.  Our restaurant offers fresh produce that is sourced from around the region and served on the terrace, shaded by grapevines, overlooking the lake, gardens and vineyard. Kids menu available.


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  • The Dune

    Probably the #1 restaurant in Mangawhai, open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and takeaways.  Closed Monday and Tuesday in winter.
    Varied menu with beautiful, healthy food that will make you want to return!  Good pizza menu too, and great desserts.

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  • El Cafe – Paihia

    Mexican and South American flavours.  Small and cosy and just a stone's throw from the seafront, with breakfast burritos and delicious snacks that are raved about!
    Open all day and evening.

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  • Matakana Market Kitchen

    Matakana Market Kitchen is all about the simple pleasures of relaxed dining. The menu is seasonal, creative and thoughtful, but, good food simply doesnt exist without quality ingredients. So we have carefully sourced only the best food from local growers, suppliers and market traders. Children are well catered for. Small portions of most standard menu items are available and we have unique ways to entertain them at the table.

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Christchurch
  • Dunedin
  • Coromandel
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • Queenstown
  • South Canterbury
  • Taranaki
  • Southland
  • Taupo
  • Wanaka
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • 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…


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.