Our guide to the best family friendly restaurants in Ohakune
Travelling to Ohakune with the family? Upon arriving in this scenic town, one of the first questions you’re likely to have is where to eat in Ohakune? If you’re exploring with the kids then you’ll need some family friendly restaurants and cafes to enjoy together! Luckily, Ohakune is home to some wonderful establishments that are more than happy to feed young tums.
Here’s 5 of our favourite family friendly restaurants and cafes in Ohakune…
Open year-round, for brunch, snacks and dinner – this restaurant and bar serve up quality dishes with a healthy side of Kiwi hospitality. There’s a great kids menu to appease the fussiest of eaters in your family. You’ll also enjoy Ohakune’s best range of NZ craft beers for the big kids and delicious warming dinners such as mushroom risotto and lamb pappardelle. Sink back into the couches next to the fire in winter, or make the most of the outdoor deck come summer.
Cuisine: Italian and Kiwi-influenced dishes
Price: Small plates from $10, mains from $25
Opening times: Brunch 9am – 3pm, Snack 3pm – 5pm, Dinner 5pm – late
Address: 77 Clyde Street, Ohakune
Contact: 06 3858 857
Warm up after a day on the slopes with a pizza, or generous serving of creamy pasta at this contemporary Italian restaurant. Expect to find charming rustic furnishings, roaring open fireplaces and old photographs creating a splendid spot to unwind. The whole family will love indulging in the decadent dessert pizza to finish and the adults will be pleased to find an entire menu page dedicated to Australian and NZ wines, with another reserved for Italy. Sold!
Cuisine: Contemporary Italian
Price: Antipasti from $8, appetisers from $16 and mains from $20
Opening times: 4pm – 10pm Mon – Fri, late Sat & Sun, closed Mon
Address: 73 Clyde Street, Ohakune
Contact: 06-385 9183
Need a snack for the car or feel like treating yourself? Look no further! A trip to Ohakune would not be complete without sampling the world-famous-in-new-zealand chocolate eclair from this somewhat unassuming bakery. Allan Nation learned the craft from his late father – Johnny Nation. The bakery looks more like a convenience store, but inside you’ll find next-level baked goods! As well as making 30kg of chocolate icing for the eclairs each day, Allan also makes giant sausage rolls, pies, decadent cookies, rich slices, doughnuts and wild-berry turnovers. Say no more.
Price: From $2
Opening times: 6:30am – 6:30pm
Address: 78 Clyde Street, Ohakune
Contact: 06-385 8152
After traversing the Tongariro Crossing, cycling the Old Coach Road or playing in the snow with the kids, there’s one of these beast-sized burgers with your name on it! Enjoy the extensive menu with burgers reflecting flavours unique to numerous countries, tasty sides and also more than half a dozen varieties of eggs Benedict for breakfast. The gourmet burgers are cooked on a custom-made manuka wood-fire grill creating an exquisite flavour.
Cuisine: Gourmet burgers & breakfast
Price: From $15
Opening times: 9am – 10pm Jul – Oct, 4pm – 10pm Mon – Fri, 9am – 10pm Sat & Sun Nov – Jun
Address: 29 Goldfinch Street, Ohakune
Contact: 06-385 8076
Short for Old Coach Road, OCR is a favourite among both locals and visitors. Located at the bottom of the Ohakune Mountain Road, it makes for the perfect stop for refreshments after hiking or cycling the stunning tracks in the area. You’ll find a great kids menu, plenty of sandwiches, burgers, salads, breakfasts and baked goods to choose from, as well as gluten-free options. There’s something for everyone.
Cuisine: Cafe food
Price: Breakfast from $11, lunch from $16 and dinner from $17
Opening times: 9am – 3pm Fri – Sun Nov – Feb, 8am – 9pm Fri & Sat, to 3pm Sun Mar – Oct, daily Dec 27 – Jan 7 & during ski season
Address: 2 Tyne St, Ohakune
Contact: 06-385 8322