Eat and Drink

Best eateries for families in the Waikato

If you’re looking for family-friendly options for dining out, there are plenty of places in the Waikato that fit the bill. With play areas, colouring books, and other fun activities available, you’re sure to find a place that suits your family. Discover the best family-friendly eateries in the region:

Punnet Eatery

Punnet Eatery, Tamahere

Highlights: Great outdoor area and playground where the kids can play
Location: 337 Newell Road, Tamahere 3283

Rock-it Kitchen, Raglan

Highlights: Large outdoor area for kids to play
Location: 248 Wainui Road, Raglan

Garden Grove Café

Woodlands Garden Grove café, Gordonton

Highlights: Great outdoor space to play including cricket oval, balls, and interactive games.
Location: 42 Whitikahu Road, Gordonton

Clementine Café Cambridge

Highlights: Great outside playground
Location: 7 Peake Road, Cambridge

The Old Forge

The Old Forge, Te Aroha

Highlights: Great outdoor area for kids to play
Location: 9 Alexandra Road, Te Aroha West

Café 77 Manawaru

Highlights: Climbing Wall at the Community View
Location: 420B Manawaru Road, Manawaru

Cornerstone Kitchen

Cornerstone Kitchen at Cornerstone Alpaca Stud, Gordonton

Highlights: Natural field garden with a view of the alpaca paddocks
Location: 49 Peach Road, Gordonton

The Village Café, Whatawhata

Highlights: Great outdoor area and playground, farm animals
Location: 1 Rothwell Lane, Whatawhata

Café Irresistiblue

Café Irresistiblue at Monavale Blueberries, Cambridge

Highlights: Great outdoor area and playground, including a little sports field to kick a ball around.
Location: 156 Turkington Road, Monavale, Cambridge 3495

Jukebox Diner, Hamilton

Highlights: 1950s-themed diner located at the Classic Car Museum.
Location: 11 Railside Place, Dinsdale, Hamilton

The Verandah Café

The Verandah Café, Hamilton Lake

​Highlights: Stunning lakeside walk, great playground and outdoor area
Location: Rotoroa Drive, Hamilton Lake, Hamilton

St Kilda Cafe, Cambridge

Highlights: Great outside playground
Location: 19 Kaniera Terrace, Cambridge

Stables on Alpha, Cambridge

Highlights: Great kids' play area
Location: 72 Alpha Street, Leamington, Cambridge

Podium Café, Karapiro

Highlights: Great outdoor play area
Location: 601 Maungatautari Road, Leamington, Maungatautari