Tauranga is THE BEST place to come on holiday. There is so much to do , and I’m sure many of you are heading down this way for lots of family time this Summer. For those of you who enjoy eating out … or those who will need to help ease the dishes and meal prep load , I have written down all my favourite family friendly eateries in and around this area. Of course all have excellent coffee as that is what us Mummas’ need to survive ! This is just a small selection of great child friendly food places around the area . I am sure there are many more and I will make it my mission to keep on exploring them!
WHY: Walk through the café , and the garden centre out to an excellent fenced outdoor area for kids with a sandpit, slide, swings and even chickens. My 3 year old loves to collect the bags of chicken food at the counter for the chickens, collect the eggs then deliver to the friendly chefs in the kitchen. There are umbrellas for hot sunny days and blankets for cold ones. There is a well priced kids lunch meal and fluffy and the BLT bagel for adults is fresh and tasty. Coffee is awesome too! There is also colouring in pencils and paper for enteraining little ones
2. Henry and Ted , Papamoa East
WHY: Excellent kiddie corner and TOY BOX for play in the sunshine, amazing food both cabinet and ordered- with lots of healthy options. Staff are super friendly, café is always in lovely sunshine . Its right across the road from the beach AND Kokako coffee is always a 10/10. On the loyalty card is a text to order option which is perfect if you have little ones !
3. Astrolabe . Mount Maunganui
WHY: Safe kids playground within outdoor part of restaurant, good little kids menu , right in Mount town centre so easy walk from accommodation etc , Funky rustic feel , well priced and tasty fresh food, kids menu has healthier options. Great menu range for adults.
4. Papamoa Beach Tavern , Papamoa
WHY : Fully fenced venue , kids can run wild. There is a slide and big Lifeboat structure for children to play on , all while parents can sit around at nearby picnic tables. Colourful, relaxed casual atmosphere and quite relaxing (even with children). Fun beach style theme, kids meal good value. Great beer selection in brewery attached for craft beer lovers.
5. Classic Flyers- Av Gas Cafe, Mount Maunganui
WHY: An awesome café and museum right next to the airport. Kids can spot planes taking off as well as playing on old planes and helicopters in a cool fenced aviation themed playground. There are covered tables for adults and endless fun to be had for kids. For rainy days there is an indoor toy corner too. It is free to enter the playground and café and they have a great value deal Monday to Friday 8-11am : $8.00 – a play on the pedal planes, a muffin or scone , hot beverage and a fluffy. What a bargain !
And as for the museum with kids pedal planes and all , Its $10 for aduts , 5-15 year olds $7.50 and free for under 5’s
6. Cobb n Co, Tauranga CBD
Why: Right on Tauranga waterfront , easy access across the road to Hairy Mclairy statues, big playground and waterfront stairs. Cobb n Co have friendly and helpful staff, excellent kiddy corner with toys, video games and big fish tank. Menu is extensive !
7. Rye, Tauranga CBD
WHY: Southern American style food with something for everyone – Highly recommended is the buffalo wings, pretty authentic and taste just like they did while travelling in USA. Delicious kids menu only $5 on Sundays for 3 courses and a drink . The perfect place for a Sunday afternoon beer and wings. Colouring in pencils and paper provided for the wee ones.
8. Nourish café, Te Puna
WHY: Lovely setting , best cabinet food I think I have ever had. Cool kids Playground that is fenced, playhouse and rabbits for kids to check out. Coffee is outstanding.