Northland, Family Restaurants

  • 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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    • Phone: 09 431 5072
    • Location: 52 Moir Street, Mangawhai
  • 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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    • Phone: 09 423 0383
    • Location: No.2 Matakana Valley Road (opposite the Matakana Markets, under the cinema), Matakana
  • The Pottery Cafe - Matakana

    The Pottery Cafe offers something for everyone. Fish is straight off the boats at Leigh, there is unpretentious dishes to suit every budget and taste. All our food is made on the premises, from our home-made cakes and slices to sauces, stocks and mayonnaise. Our standard menu changes with the seasons, and there are ever-changing daily specials.  Complete the picture by being family-friendly with toys, playground and a good selection of kids size eats.

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    • Phone: 09 422 7484
    • Location: 48 Tongue Farm Rd, Matakana
  • 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
  • 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
  • Red Pizzeria - Whangarei

    Red pizzeria is home to the metre long pizza (kids will love this!), and gourmet pizzas, fresh pasta dishes, steak and seafood options, you'll be spoilt for choice.  With indoor and outdoor dining available, Red Pizzeria specialises in family dining. 

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    • Phone: 09 459 5380
    • Location: 3 Kensington Ave, Whangarei
  • Texas Diner (summer only) - Kaeo

    Work up an appetite in their 5 acre leisure park with mini golf course and Indian canoes and then enjoy a very affordable family meal in their American style dining room where everything is cooked to order in the centre of the room. There is a Tex-Mex menu for the children and country style meals, home made cakes and desserts.

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    • Phone: 09 405 0569
    • Location: 253 State Highway 10, Kaeo 0471
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Sail Rock Cafe - Mangawhai

    Open 7 days and 7 nights from 8.30am.  Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and a childrens menu that includes fish bites and fries, mini hot dogs, kids sizes salad and vegetables and more.

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    • Phone: 09 431 4051
    • Location: Wood Street Shops, Mangawhai Heads
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  • Northland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Wanaka
  • Fiordland
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  • Coromandel
  • Gisborne
  • North Canterbury
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  • Nelson & Golden Bay
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  • Dunedin
  • West Coast
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  • 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…

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Auckland

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

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.

Christchurch

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.

Queenstown

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

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!

Northland

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.