Waikato, Family Restaurants

  • Roselands Waitomo Caves

    Roselands is New Zealand’s Premier Barbeque and Buffet Restaurant.
    Peacefully nestled amongst native bush and lush farm land and only 3km from Waitomo Caves Village.

    We offer the opportunity to dine outside, either on the decks or under our spectacular old cherry tree. This blossom's in the month of October and makes a picturesque setting, or over summer provides a cool shady place to dine and enjoy the views of the surrounding award-winning gardens and native bush which is teaming with bird life.

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  • Crazy Cow Café

    Located on the Main road through the Putaruru township, this café offers casual dining including juices, smoothies and soft drinks.

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  • Cafe Agora - Hamilton

    Mum and Dad, your kids are going to love coming to Café Agora! Agora was designed with them in mind. Our huge playroom, free fluffys and kid-sized menu (and parent-sized budget) make time at Café Agora fun, safe and affordable.

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  • Coffee and Food Establishment - Hamilton

    The exciting menu caters to a wide range of tastes including vegetarian/vegan and gluten free diets, with popular favourites and constantly changing weekly specials. Awesome coffee too!

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  • Red Cherry Cafe

    This café is located in a rustic red shed which was previously an apple packing operation. The inside is contemporary and seats 50 with a kids’ play area and there is a courtyard outside. Breakfast, lunch and handmade sweets and puddings are available.

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  • The Sugar Bowl Cafe - Hamilton

    Great cafe, superb coffee and great atmosphere.  Lots of tasty treats, come in and check it out for yourself.

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  • The Village Cafe and Farm Shop, Whatawhata

    Just 15 minutes from Hamilton, The Village Cafe is a rural rustic delight. Set in a picturesque garden environment complete with a back to basics styled playground, this is a truly fun experience for children and delicious, wholesome food for everyone!

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  • The Cook Café and Bar

    Opposite Steele Park is this café and bar located in Hamilton’s second oldest building. Food is made in their own kitchen and they have a children’s menu of chicken nuggets, pizza or toasted sandwiches. Two highchairs, a toddlers' play area and colouring-in sheets. Let them know before you go so they can make sure the children’s area is out for your children.

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  • The River Kitchen - Hamilton

    The River Kitchen breakfast menu runs daily until 2pm and offers classic combinations as well as a few twists on the usual fare. Lunch is driven by the seasons and represented in the inspired cabinet food which changes daily.  A great place to stop in and relax.


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  • Cinnamon Cafe - Hamilton

    Cinnamon has a menu full of fresh and tasty treats, fabulous staff and an easy-to-find location which is a winner with its ample parking.  Open 7-5, weekdays and 8 till 5 on the weekend. 

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  • Roselands BBQ Buffet Restaurant and Farm Park

    NZ's leading BBQ buffet restaurant, nestled amongst native bush and farmland. Farm Park onsite as well as accommodation and glowworm tours.

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  • Orca Restaurant and Bar

    Situated right on the ocean, you can sit and soak up the stunning view of the inner harbour, and out to the Raglan bar.
    We adapt our a la carte menu regularly with a emphasis on enhancing seasonal produce highlighting fresh, complementary flavours.

    Open daily, 9am til late.

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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…

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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.