Wellington, Family Restaurants

  • Staglands Cafe

    Staglands Cafe (located right beside the entrance to the Staglands Wildlife Reserve) is a great place to stop by with the family and enjoy many tempting home-made treats complimented with fresh coffee, or to order from a great selection of light cafe lunch options from the menu.  Indoors is host to a roaring log fire through the winter and outdoors there is a large decked seating area set under shady trees with fantastic views of the pond, and eclectic birdlife to enjoy throughout summer.  Have more time?  Be sure to enjoy a visit at the Wildlife Reserve whilst you are here.

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  • Te Korōria - Meet | Play | Connect

    Te Korōria is a community-run cafe with an indoor, 3-level soft play facility.  It's a social enterprise with all profit going back into the community and is a sunny, friendly plac... read more

  • Little Bohemian Coffee House

    Cosy and family-friendly serving up organic coffee, milk, hot chocolate and sugar.  A great range of sweet and savoury nibbles available and there are toys and books for the children including a magnet wall to keep them entertained.  High chairs available. 

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  • Chow

    Located in the heart of the Courtenay Place entertainment district, Chow Tory is open and serving the full menu from noon until midnight every night. We're a great place to stop either before or after your visit to nearby entertainment venues. Lots of small plates and family friendly.

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  • Chocolate Fish Cafe

    A great cafe that has a large concrete and grass area for the kids to ride on the many bikes provided, all the while allowing the parents to relax.  There is bean bags outside, a toy box inside and a blackboard to keep them entertained. This cafe is completed with a great selection of food for kids and adults and coffee too!

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  • Lone Star Café

    There is something for everyone at the Lone Star and portions are generous. The children’s menu features meals like Road Runner Special and Barney’s Ribs and includes a free ice cream for dessert, while adult can choose from seafood, beef, lamb and much more! Crayons and colouring in sheets will keep the children entertained while they wait and highchairs are provided.

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  • Mama Brown

    We are an eclectic mix of great food, great service and great fun! Mrs Mama Brown is crazy with her mix but we are right behind her! We are different, embrace us and you will be fine! Very central, kids' menu.

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  • Joes Garage

    NIce and close to Te Papa and waterfront, great vibe, daytime cafe with kids' menu. There's breakfast choices, burgers, fish and chips, schnitzel, bacon and eggs, their famous sausage and lots more - all available in kids' portions.

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  • Wholly Bagels

    With five cafes across Wellington, there is always a tasty bagel close at hand! Wholly Bagels do a great selection of bagels and their kids’ menu has mini pizza bagel, mini BLT bagel and mini chocolate bagel with strawberry chocolate cream cheese, as well as ordinary, plain bagels, of course! And if you don’t like bagels, try their selection of specialty sandwiches.

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  • Spruce Goose

    The Spruce Goose has an awesome location where you can watch planes take off and see activity on the water and with a great selection of food on offer, including a variety of hot and cold drinks.  The kids and adults will be entertained!

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  • Maranui Cafe

    Now here is a place you can head for a cuppa and tasty snacks and freshly cooked tucka.  With views of the sea kids can spot planes as they take off and land at Wellington Airport!  There is a playground and beach for fun and relaxation right on the cafe's doorstep.

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  • Beach Babylon

    A great location on Oriental Parade opposite the fountain, there is harbour views and a buzzy atmosphere to enjoy.  The kids will love the toy corner and there is a menu and scrumptious counter food done well on offer.

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  • Peppermill Cafe - Porirua

    The Peppermill Cafe in Porirua serves up a great kids menu that features avocado and tomato on toast, waffles with maple syrup, fairy bread and chocolate fish, soft boiled eggs and soilders plus lots more treats including a good selection of yummy cabinet food and great coffee.

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  • Café L’Affare

    This family friendly has great coffee and lots more. They offer all day breakfast, a la carte menu for lunch and a selection of café style counter food. With toys and highchairs for the children and their own play area, it’s a great place to stop for that cappuccino.

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  • The Flying Burrito Brothers

    An idea place for the whole family, this restaurant provides genuine fresh Mexican food served in vibrant, colourful surroundings at cheap and cheerful prices. The children’s menu for 12 years and under has a choice of tacos or chicken and cheese quesadilla, ice cream and a drink for $12.

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  • Thunderbird Cafe

    Funky, very central Wellington restaurant serving Southern cuisine - Texas, Mexican, plus NZ favourites. Thunderbird Wranglers menu specially for kids, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options.

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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.