Rotorua, Family Restaurants

  • Fat Dog Café and Bar

    Rotorua’s most famous café landmark offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in an amazing environment which is full of atmosphere. No reservations are required (so you may have to wait for a table) and children are welcome. There is a great selection of food from the counter or the blackboard menu which offers food like nachos and pies, vegetable bake or bagels. The children’s menu offers fish, chicken nuggets, hot dog, burger or pizza and chips.

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  • Capers Epicurean

    New Zealand Cafe of the Year: regional category winner.  Capers offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in-between. Children can choose from pizza, beefburger, pasta, macaroni cheese or a picnic plate and they will love to escape to the playroom to explore some of the interactive toys attached to the wall or be entertained by a series of children’s videos. Capers has highchairs for the littlies.

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  • Abracadabra Cafe

    Abracadabra cafe and bar offer "Good food and good vibes" all in a funky 1940s house with unique character & atmosphere.  Serving brunch and dinner they also serve during the day delicious homemade cakes, slices, fresh salads and homemade savories.

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  • Chapmans Buffet Restaurant - Holiday Inn

    Loved by locals, Rotorua’s award-winning Chapman’s Restaurant is renowned for it’s delicious selection of buffet dishes.

    If you are looking for a great Rotorua restaurant for all taste buds, ages and occasions, look no further. Even the fussiest of eaters will love Chapman’s Buffet Restaurant. The chilled starters offer a range of delicious seafood including prawns, our very own signature house-smoked South Island salmon, and all you can eat fresh oysters. Beside them is a fantastic range of fresh seasonal salads using the finest local ingredients. Our hot mains selection offers a succulent and ever changing roast carvery with gravy, plus daily changing hot dishes inspired by international flavours. Most importantly however is the desserts section, so make sure you leave room. Top off your meal with a wide range of house-made cakes, pastries and mousses. Alternatively, make your own ice cream cone topped with candy, or enjoy our fine cheeses with a nice glass of wine.

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  • Le Cafe de Paris

    Being greeted with a friendly “Bonjour!” as you enter the Cafe de Paris is one of its unique charms. The French owners, Alain (from Lyon) and Valerie (from Pau) settled in Rotorua 15 years ago.
    They provide a wide variety of French cuisine and an all day breakfast with a very competitive price of $9.90 . You can taste their unique almond croissant. They also make authentic French crêpes (sweet or savoury) with a gluten free option.
    It is the original French café in Rotorua where you can have the taste of authentic French food surrounded by some “ouh, là! là!” or “Voilà”…

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  • Indian Star Restaurant

    The Indian Star Tandoori Restaurant in Rotorua is consistently recognised as one of the finest dining experiences in the city. With our mouthwatering range of delicious Indian cuisine, all expertly prepared by our experienced chefs, the Indian Star experience is one that will keep you coming back again and again.

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  • El Mexicano Zapata

    We only offer authentic Mexican dishes, including vegetarian menu and many more fresh choices.  Chili peppers, tortillas, and fresh vegetables are hallmarks of this colorful, vibrant cuisine. So come taste our authentic Mexican Cuisine, It’s actually so beautiful, so fresh, so colorful and full of bright flavors. View our delicious menu selections, prepared from scratch daily. Our savory food is sure to satisfy!

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  • Third Place Cafe

    Third Place Cafe is a spacious bright café with a selection of seating options from couches, booths and tables making it an excellent place to catch up with friends and family.  They also have a child friendly kids area so you can enjoy the beautiful view and fantastic food in peace while the little ones play.

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  • The Thai Restaurant

    Come in and enjoy a relaxed evening in our traditional Thai styled restaurant. Whether you are a couple wanting to enjoy an intimate dinner, a group celebrating a birthday or just wanting a night out, the staff at “The Thai” will gladly accommodate your needs.

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  • Atticus Finch

    The vibe of Atticus Finch is speakeasy meets metropolitan bistro. Our house was made for entertaining – situated in the middle of “Eat Street”.  Our dining menu is designed to share, a combination of carefully selected ingredients that allow a series of tastes to be passed around and enjoyed together. Our food is fresh, innovative, flavoursome and made from scratch.

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  • Stratosfare Restaurant

    Set amongst the stars atop Mount Ngongotaha, Skyline Rotorua’s Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar is home to some of New Zealand’s best award-winning cuisine.

    Enjoy a delicious Lunch or Dinner featuring a stunning array of freshly prepared buffet and cooked-to-order dishes highlighting locally sourced seafood, meat and produce. The contemporary ambience features luxurious Italian marble, granite, schist, timber and David Trubridge lights, while the panoramic view of Lake Rotorua is a sight to behold.

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  • Sequoia Eatery

    Welcome to Rotorua’s newest hotspot, Sequoia Eatery.

    We’re excited to bring you the freshest food with the friendliest service all in our beautiful, bright Rotorua café, located on Tarawera Rd in Rotorua.

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  • Capizzi Pizzeria

    Capizzi Pizzeria serves traditional style wood-fired pizzas. Our difference is that not only are our pizzas delicious and made from the highest quality ingredients - they are available by the slice. We are licensed, so come in and enjoy pizza, a wine or beer, or your favourite drink.

    Our pizzas are hand made and served dine in, take out whole or by the slice.

    We also offer fresh salads and desserts.

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  • Picnic Cafe

    Picnic Cafe Rotorua is a gem of a place offering a great place to enjoy a little time out and some excellent food!

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Map of New Zealand
  • Central Otago
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Coromandel
  • Dunedin
  • Gisborne
  • Fiordland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • Manawatu
  • Nelson & Golden Bay
  • Northland
  • North Canterbury
  • 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…


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.