The Auckland area is one of the smallest regions in New Zealand but has an abundance of restaurant and dining options perfect for families. If you’re staying with Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park or Ōrere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park, we’ve researched the TOP 10 restaurants and cafes that are ideal for families in the wider Auckland area.
Ebisu provides a healthy alternative to the normal wood-fired camp food with fresh contemporary Japanese food. Set on Auckland’s waterfront, this is a pretty impressive family-friendly restaurant. Kids can choose from bento boxes that come with an activity page and learn how to do origami with a tutorial on the menu.
Location: 116-118 Quay Street, Britomart, Auckland City Centre
Open: Tuesday - Friday 12 pm - 2 pm, 5 pm - 10 m
Saturday 5 pm - 10 pm
Sunday 5 pm - 9 pm
Food Truck Garage
If you’re after fast healthy food for the family with burgers, fish n chips, fresh wraps or soft tacos, Food Truck Garage is your jam. For the kids (classified as 8 and under), there are the classic choices of chicken tenders, beef and chicken burgers, but also veggie falafel burgers.
Location: City Works Depot, Shed 1, 90 Wellesley Street West, Auckland City Centre
Open: Monday 11 am - 3 pm
Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 8 pm.
The Oyster Gallery near Ōrere Point
The kids might not love the Oysters, but if you love oysters, Oyster Gallery provides some of New Zealand’s best. Enjoy natural oysters with fresh lemon, oyster tempura, oyster beef pie or oyster sliders. There are onion rings and Kumura fries for the kids, or maybe sneak the oyster in the slider.
Location: 914 Clevedon-Kawakawa Road Road, Auckland
Open: Saturday - Sunday 10 am - 4 pm
Beach House Eatery - Orewa Surf Club
Beach House Eatery is right on the beachfront in Orewa, a 7-minute drive from Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park. It’s family-friendly with an extensive menu of salads, small plates and best of all, fresh fish. The win, kids meals are as low as $7.90 each. Don’t forget to download one of the colouring competitions and enter their monthly draw.
Location: 275 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa
Open: Wednesday - Thursday 11 am - 8 pm
Friday 11 am - 9 am
Saturday - Sunday 10 am (coffee window) 11 am - late
Wild on Waiheke
Although not on the mainland, it’s definitely worth a day trip with the family to Wild on Waiheke. This extravaganza combines a winery, brewery and playground making it perfect for not only the kids but the big kids too.
Location: 82 Onetangi Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Open: Thursday 12 pm - 7 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm - 9 pm and Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm
You’ll find premium food and a premium playground at The Grounds. Located on five acres and surrounded by the Waitakeres, its playground is something else with a rocket ship, dragons castle and pirates cove.
Location: 8/14 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson Auckland (42 minutes from Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday park)
Open: Thursday - Sunday 9 am - 8 pm
Matakana Market Kitchen
Just 45-minutes from Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park, is Matakana Market Kitchen. A relaxed eatery with a seasonal menu that is sourced food from local suppliers. Kids can choose from a three-course feed with options like fruit, garlic bread, fish & chips and ice cream. Don’t forget to ask for some crayons to get creative on the table covers.
Location: No 2. Matakana Valley Road, Matakana, New Zealand
Open: Monday - Sunday 8:30 am - 11 pm
Hallertau Riverhead Brewery Biergarten
Hallertau Riverhead Brewery Biergarten combines locally produced food, awesome drinks and plenty of activity for the kids. The outdoor play area has a rock-climbing wall, giant Jenga, and Connect-Four. Their ‘Little Hoppers’ menu includes spaghetti, fish fingers and toasted cheese & ham on their homemade bread.
Location: 1171 Coatesville Riverhead Highway, Auckland (30 minutes from Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park)
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 12 pm - 10 pm
Sunday 12 pm - 9 pm
Walnut Cottage Cafe
With its scenic backdrop and plenty of space, Walnut Cottage Cafe is a great option for families staying near Orewa. All-day dining is available with plenty of meal options for those under 12 like baked beans on toast, eggs and soldiers or fish n chips.
Location: 498 Hibiscus Coast Highway Orewa
Open: Monday - Sunday 6:30 am - 4 pm
The Churchyard is the perfect place to stop on your way to Kawakawa Bay or on the scenic route to Ōrere Point. Get your coffee shot, acai bowl or smoothie while taking in the relaxing sea view. Don’t worry, there is plenty of space and green grass for the kids to spread out and stretch their legs.
Location: 7 Kawakawa-Ōrere Road, Kawakawa Bay 2585, New Zealand
Open: Tuesday 9 am - 2 pm, Wednesday - Thursday 7 am - 2 pm, Saturday 8 am - 2 pm
Sunday 11 am - 2 pm
We know it’s hard to choose a restaurant or cafe when you’re travelling with kids. We've researched 10 family-friendly restaurants in Auckland, near Red Beach and Ōrere Point. From space and playgrounds to menus, we’ve taken a few things into consideration. After you’ve picked you’re favourite, all that’s left to do is book your stay with TOP 10 Holiday Parks.