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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River’s Catch

Family Friendly, West

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

Lone Star Rotorua

Family Friendly

We strive to run the best restaurant operation in New Zealand. From the moment you enter Lone Star and are welcomed by our friendly staff, we want you to enjoy a fantastic fun filled night with us. We will always do our very best to ensure you receive fast, efficient and friendly service, outstanding food sourced from the best and freshest ingredients, offering value for your hard earned money.

Arts Village Café

Family Friendly

AVC - the cosy café at Rotorua Arts Village. Food, coffee, art and chill.

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. 

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.

The Junction on Fenton

Family Friendly

Where great flavours meet authentic hospitality.


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 local Rotorua East-siders out for their daily trek.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Fat Dog Café

Family Friendly

Since 1995, Fat Dog has been the funky, quirky café in then CBD of Rotorua.