These Christmas and summer holidays get the family together for a nice meal and let someone else doing the cooking for a change! We've compiled a list of family friedly restaurants around the country to give you a few ideas.
Lone Star, Nationwide
The Lone Star atmosphere is perfect for a family dinner out, the cowboy theme and country western music make for fun conversation topics, the food is divine – from quesadilla’s to perfectly tender lamb chops. And mum and dad can sit back and let the waiters do a great job at keeping everyone in high spirits.
This family friendly Italian restaurant can be found all over New Zealand. They offer a laid back environment with great hospitality and authentic cuisine. It’s a real treat.
The popular Valentines buffet chain pride themselves on offering a large variety of dishes in a relaxed family environment. Affordable, comfortable and conveniently located nationwide.
Their communal layout makes Wagamamas a great option for a relaxed family meal that won’t break the bank. Efficient service, great food and family options will help keep everyone happy, and mum off her feet!
Circus Circus, Auckland
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Circus Circus is the perfect family restaurant and provides a fun and enjoyable dining experience. With a good sized menu there is something guaranteed to satisfy everyone – even the fussiest of little eaters. There is also a private area available for larger groups.
Contemporary dining at its finest, this Wellington family favourite situated on the very end of Greta Point Wharf has great antipasto platters for the whole family to share, as well as scrumptious lunch and dinner menus. They also have a private dining area for families with young kids who don’t want to sit still!
Winnies Gourmet Pizza Bar, Queenstown
You can’t beat a gourmet pizza, and if you’re the kind of family who like a buzzing atmosphere there’s no what better way to dine out than scoffing on some of Otago’s best pizzas. There are toppings for all tastes and free fizzy drinks for the kids!
Editorial by Stevie Hopwood
Updated 30 November 2011