South Canterbury, Family Restaurants

  • Tasman Delta Cafe

    Tasman Delta Café, located at Glentanner Park Centre, is open year-round for breakfast and lunch and offers a delicious all-day menu, including fresh sandwiches, fish and chips mea... read more

  • High Country Salmon - Twizel

    High Country Salmon is ideally situated on State Highway 8 just south of the town of Twizel and is a must-see place to visit and relax.  With a gorgeous backdrop and idyllic scenery you will enjoy their unique floating shop that is positioned on the glacial waters of the Wairepo Arm.  There is a cafe where visitors have the opportunity to purchase salmon, enjoy free fish feeding (kids will be excited and love this!) and you can relax with a coffee and a selection of light meals, all whilst overlooking how a working salmon farm is operated.  Nationwide salmon delivery available.

     

    read more
  • The Wrinkly Rams - Omarama

    The Wrinkly Rams offers a cafe with great espresso coffee & delicious food and that enjoy great scenic views and a large grass outdoor dining area for kids to enjoy. There is also a gift shop for great merino wool products, sheep toys & souvenirs, gifts, jewellery, arts & crafts, and much more. Plus you can be entertained by watching their daily sheep shearing show.

    read more
  • Kohan Japanese Restaurant - Tekapo

    Open for lunch daily and dinner Monday to Saturday. Japanese menu including lots of favourites with children and adults alike: edamame, sashimi, crumbed local salmon or scallops, blue cod, teriyaki chicken, Japanese style chicken nuggets, beef fillet, venison, bento box, platters and large sushi menu.

    read more
  • Pepes Pizza and Pasta - Tekapo

    Pizza, pasta, breads and salads - casual and inviting atmosphere. Relax next to the open log fire during winter. Fully licensed bar.

    read more
  • Astro Cafe - Tekapo

    Experience the stunning views for yourself from this unique glass walled and roofed establishment that sits 300m above Lake Tekapo. Located up Mt John (15 minute drive from Tekapo) this cafes serves up great coffee, sweet treats and plenty of savory delights for you to relax and dine-in.

    read more
  • Geraldine Orchard Farmshop - Geraldine

    The Geraldine Orchard Farm shop offers a great menu (including a kids menu) for you to select from and there is indoor and outdoor seating to choose from. The farmshop also sells a large variety of fresh fruit and vegetables much of which is grown in their own orchard and adjoining market garden, Pukeko Gardens. They also have a bakery and deli section.

     

    read more
  • The Blue Pub - Methven

    The Blue Pus is open daily from 11am for lunch until late evening for dinner.  You can dine on the outside tables in the sun to enjoying a casual meal in the bar area or enjoy a more classy evening in their recently renovated restaurant.  They have an extensive all day menu including an array of delicious burgers, nachos, home made soups, salads, steaks and seafood.  Kids 10 and under eat for free with paying adults.

    read more
  • Poppies Cafe - Twizel

    Poppies Cafe is a contemporary, funky, family-friendly, fully licensed restaurant that is the perfect place to stop when travelling to/or from Mt Cook, Queenstown, Wanaka and Christchurch.  With extensive gardens, alfresco dining and superb views of the Southern Alps, Poppies Cafe is the ideal spot to dine.  There is plenty of room outside with large lawns and picnic tables making it perfect for children of all ages to run around and there is also good kids menu to choose from.

     

    read more
  • The Brown Pub - Methven

    A true country pub that is warm in atmosphere and welcomes you the minute you walk in the door.  Offering the Fireside Bar and Family Restaurant which has a fabulous menu complete with delicious items and classic favourites that the family will love!

    read more
  • The Shearers Quarters - Timaru

    The Shearers Quarters is a country cafe full of rustic charm that oozes from every corner of the complex making it the perfect venue for family gatherings.  Open all year round - it's cosy and warm during winter and fresh, light and sunny during the summer. There are nooks and crannies all around both inside and out, providing the perfect hideaway to explore.  It also creates a fabulous environment for a children's birthday parties.  There is a mini golf course, playground, farmyard animals and a gift shop.

    read more
  • Tekapo Tin Plate

    Tin Plate is a contemporary Restaurant & Bar with a diverse range of food, wines, craft beer and cocktails.  We have a great pizza menu that is available for take away.
    We're open 7 days and we're great for families.

    read more
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

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.