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Where to Eat - Family Guide to Rotorua

Rotorua is an ideal destination for a family break, but planning your trip can be hard work. We’re here to help with our Family Guide to Rotorua for the school holidays! 

So, you’re bringing the family to Rotorua for the holidays and wondering where to eat? Check out our top tips for some classic Rotorua foodie favourites and maybe even some new unexpected surprises! 

Lady Janes Ice Cream

Lady Janes is a family friendly icon, located at the lake end of Rotorua’s Eat Streat. You’ll find all your favourite flavours, sauces and toppings, and they’re perfectly positioned for an after-dinner treat. Or grab an ice cream and head across the Village Green to walk along the newly reopened Lakefront.

Secret Spot Hot Tubs

This might seem like an odd choice in the ‘where to eat’ section, but trust us on this! Secret Spot is the perfect place to wind down and refuel after walking or riding in Whakarewarewa forest. Incredible cinnamon scrolls, the best pies and sausage rolls, and a tasty selection of salads and filled rolls are available, and on the weekend, they fire up the BBQ, it couldn’t get more kiwi than that! 

Te Puia

This may also come as a surprise, but the Pātaka Kai restaurant at Te Puia has one of the best buffets in town, and you get to sit overlooking the impressive Pōhutu geyser as you eat. They even do click and collect Hāngī meals to take out for a picnic or back to your accommodation. 

Rotorua Night Market

On Thursday evenings, Tutanekai Street in the Rotorua CBD comes alive with the Rotorua Night Market. This is food truck heaven with options to suit everyone in the family. A locals’ favourite is  Johnny’s Dumplings. There’s always a line of people here, but it moves super fast, so don’t be put off. There’s always great local entertainment there too making it a really fun family night out. 

Stratosfare Restaurant

A trip up the gondola at Skyline Rotorua is special in itself, add to that racing down the luge track and you’ve got the makings of fabulous family memories. Stratosfare restaurant is next level, some of the best dining in town with epic views over the region. The buffet has something to suit even the fussiest of eaters, and the kids eyes will light up when they discover made to order pancakes with all the trimmings for dessert. 

Waimangu Local Store & Café

Just down the road from Waikite Valley you’ll find the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. The Waimangu Local Store and Café is open to everyone, even if you’re not visiting the valley, and they have huge half metre long pizzas to share! With a large outdoor seating area with views over the valley, you can keep the kids entertained with giant garden games while you relax and enjoy a local beer or wine. 

Capers Café & Store

Our go to spot for a breakfast of champions is Capers Café & Store. The kids breakfast has a little bit of everything, and the grown up menu might make you want to eat brekkie there everyday! How about Eggs Benne with pork belly? Or for sweet breakfast lovers, there’s a tough choice between the pancakes and the French toast!
Where to Eat - Family Guide to Rotorua
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