Hi, we have a 2 week trip to New Zealand planned and have all our accommodation, trips, car, ferry etc now booked. We want to be super organised as we have very little time in each place so now want to research where we are going to eat. The trip is to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary and we love eating out in excellent restaurants. My question is - how welcoming of children are the New Zealanders in top restaurants ? We live in France and our boys at 10 and 7 love eating out too, are extremely well behaved and enjoy the whole experience of new foods. We do not expect 'childrens' menus but occasionally we ask for three meals and an extra plate as my 7 year old sometimes finds it hard to consume an 8 course taster meal alone ! However we do not want to book into restaurants where the other guests or staff are going to be horrified at seeing two children walking in. I have noticed that many restaurants open early at 5pm ish which suggests they are happy to have children but I'd like to hear what people have to say .