Family Friendly

As Rotorua is a favourite destination for families to visit during school holidays, most eateries are family-friendly.

Here's a selection of establishments that go out of their way to make children feel welcome and special – music to parents' ears! Whether they have awesome children's menus, spaces for them to safely play and have fun until their meals arrive, or more than 40 flavours of ice cream to choose from (if they've behaved themselves, of course!), these spots should be your go-to for great dining experiences.

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The Junction on Fenton

Family Friendly

Where great flavours meet authentic hospitality.

River’s Catch

Family Friendly, West

Your local fish and chip shop breathing a little Filipino flavour into a Kiwi favourite.

Trail Kitchen

Family Friendly, South

One of Rotorua’s newest cafés located at the stunning Waipa Mountain Bike Park specialising in casual dining and great coffee.


Family Friendly, East

Wood-fired pizzas, nibbles, platters for sharing, and beverages – Eastwood caters to an eclectic bunch of customers, from scientists, mountain bikers and locals out for their daily trek.

Waimangu Local Store & Café

Family Friendly, South

Waimangu Local Store and Café is a cosy, unique, family friendly spot boasting beautiful views over Waimangu Volcanic Valley.  It's the perfect spot to refuel after a walk in the Waimangu Volcanic Valley, or a midway stop on the way to Taupō. Or maybe just somewhere to while away a sunny afternoon. 

Lady Janes Ice Cream Parlour

Family Friendly

Lady Janes Ice Cream Parlour is a Rotorua icon! More than 40 different flavours of ice cream to choose from and great coffee too!

Zippy Central Café

Family Friendly, Central

Zippy's is a funky café popular with locals.

Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar at Skyline Rotorua

Family Friendly, North

Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar offers one of the best buffets in town with incredible views overlooking Lake Rotorua and the city.

Sequoia Eatery Rotorua

Family Friendly, East

Sequoia Eatery brings you the freshest food with the friendliest service right on the doorstep of the lakes and Whakarewarewa Forest.

Scope Rotorua

Family Friendly

Wild about flavour, Scope Café’s all-day breakfast and lunch menu is a fusion of delectable wild flavours, combined with a twist, to create mouth-watering dishes.

Pig & Whistle Historic Pub

Family Friendly, Central

Visit the Pig & Whistle Historic Pub and enjoy the warm historic atmosphere of one of the most popular bars in Rotorua.

Okere Falls Store

Family Friendly, East

Espresso, beer and wine, cakes, ice cream, chocolate, take-home meals, pies, organics, gourmet and everyday groceries, Italian and German treats, New Zealand artisan foods plus lots more fantastic yummy things!