Best Family Foodie Spots

There's nothing worse than bellies rumbling when you're exploring New Zealand's ultimate winter playground! These restaurants and cafes are guaranteed to put a smile on even the fussiest kid's face during your trip to Mt Ruapehu and Great Lake Taupo.

We've compiled a list of our favourite family-friendly foodie spots.



A trip to L’Arté is a visual and edible feast and unlike anything you have experienced before. Nestled in the hills behind Acacia Bay, the cafe features an awesome mosaic garden with an outside mosaic living room. The kids will feel like they have been transported to a magical wonderland! With some of New Zealand's finest produce, L’Arté’s kitchen team produce everything fresh on-site, from homemade bread to pesto and onion jam. Find out more about L'Arte here.

Spoon and Paddle

Spoon and Paddle not only serve delicious food and coffees, they do it from a charming 1960's villa. The fully-fenced section has a playground and garden tables, so it's the perfect place for families to kick back and relax. If it's chilly, there are two comfortable rooms and a cozy lounge suite so everyone can find a place to warm up and re-fuel. Find out more about Spoon and Paddle here.

Kefi at the Hub

KEFI at the Hub serves divine breakfast and lunch dishes as well as healthy organic and gluten free options. Right across from the Craters Mountain Bike Park, you won't miss this spot as there is a giant sikorsky helicopter on the grounds. The kids will love the healthy treats and playing, jumping and posing in front of the chopper. Find out more about Kefi here.


Yes, that's right we said McDonalds! Taupo is proudly home to the World's Coolest McDonald's. This special Maccas includes a decommissioned DC3 plane! No trip to Taupo is complete without a picture of yourself with it. Kids can enjoy their happy meal in the plane while viewing the original cockpit or at the awesome playground while the adults re-charge with a coffee from the McCafe. Find out more about McDonalds here.


Lone Star

Lone Star's wild west themed menu is sure to satisfy even the hungriest cowboy or cowgirl. Kids have their own special menu made from fresh, local produce. Renowned as one of the best steakhouses in town, you can also enjoy spectacular views of Lake Taupo from this stunning venue. Find out more about Lone Star here.

Dixie Browns

Dixie Browns is a an all-round family favourite. The menu is wide and varied ensuring there will be something to suit everyone's tastes. If you are being budget conscious, try the pizzas - very tasty and very filling. Make sure to leave room for one of their famous desserts or a double thick shake at the end! Snuggle up with a blanky under the outdoor heaters and enjoy one of the best views of the lake. Find out more about Dixie Browns here.

The Bistro

The Bistro's motto is simple but nice and it certainly is! The kids menu is packed full of real, nutritious food. Adults don't miss out with mouth-watering locally sourced delicacies. Sundays are family night at The Bistro where big and little kids are more than welcome. Come between 5pm and 7pm and the kids will receive a free dessert with their main meal. Find out more about The Bistro here.

Cobb & Co

Visit Cobb & Co for a friendly environment and warm charm that is uniquely kiwi. Cobb & Co is a true classic, cooking up honest-to-goodness, home-style meals prepared like Mum used to make. The Little Cobbers will love the kids meals, kids area and the free kids bags with available with every kids meals. And yes, in case you were wondering, they still serve traffic lights! Find out more about Cobb & Co here.