West Coast, Family Restaurants

  • Cook Saddle Cafe and Saloon - Fox Glacier

    A variety of menu options at reasonable prices in a warm and friendly country atmosphere. Our popular western style meals are enjoyed by young and old and a children’s menu is available. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining and during the cooler months visitors can relax and unwind by the cosy open fire. Highchairs available, colouring sheets, and outdoor play area for the kids.

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  • Stumpers Bar and Cafe- Hokitika

    A friendly, well-priced, family restaurant and bar, located in the centre of Hokitika. In and outdoor dining is available and the bar features regular entertainment. A varied menu means there are lots of meals suitable for children, or choose the kids’ platter – there’s bound to be something to appeal to any child! It combines chicken nuggets, fish bites, mini hot dogs, fries, fresh fruit, cheese and chocolate fish and can be served for one or two. Adult mains include lamb rack, chicken breast, venison, beef fillet, Cajun pork, vegetarian options, blue cod, whitebait and much more.

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  • Fat Pipi Pizzas

    The locals love our pizzas, as do visitors to Hokitika, the Jade Capital of Aotearoa/New Zealand. We know you will love our pizzas also. Fat Pipi is open 7 nights a week and for lunches Wednesday to Sunday. We have both indoor/outdoor dining. You can enter from our Revell Street entrance or cross the road from the beach carpark and wander in through our outdoor dining area. Dine in with us, take your pizza or pasta back home, or to your motel, or campervan or just wander back to the beach and eat it while watching the sun set. Others do. Our pizzas are made fresh each day. Choose from our extensive menu.

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  • Frontier Cafe & Bar

    We pride ourselves on our hospitality, and being a family friendly restaurant. If it is hearty west-coast fare that you seek, then you cannot go past the Frontier Cafe & Bar. For the kids we have selected dishes that are available in half portions at half the price. Open year round, offering café style lunch and a la carte dinner menus. Whitebait is the specialty in the café with up to three options available on the menus. Spectacular mountain views, cosy open fire and excellent food, make this the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring the West Coast.

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  • Speights Ale House - Greymouth

    The Speights Ale House Greymouth serves up good wholesome food everyday from 11.00am and is great for families with the kids.  They offer lunch and dinner and have both indoor and outdoor seating available.  

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  • Stella Cafe - Hokitika

    Stella Cafe in Hokitika produces great coffee and has a superb menu and cabinet items available, including gluten and dairy free treats.  Service is warm and friendly.

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Map of New Zealand
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  • 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.