Your Winter Sanctuary at Westfield

When winter is grinding you down, your local Westfield centre is your winter sanctuary. It’s always bright, dry and warm, brimming with the fashion, food and entertainment to make the most of the New Zealand winter.

Winter is the trickiest of all the seasons for keeping the family entertained. With the temperamental weather, the backyard out of action, and shorter, colder darker days, life just feels that much harder with a family going stir crazy!

Don’t endure winter, enjoy it!

In winter we search for sanctuary. In the mornings we stay under the covers just that little bit longer. We layer up on our clothes so we can bring the sweet solace of warmth with us when we leave the house.

This season, Westfield is the ultimate place to find your winter sanctuary. Need a cure for cabin fever? Westfield has you covered. Check out all the ways you can spend a fantastic family day out indoors and escape the dreariness of winter.


Catch a movie

What better way to spend a wet and dreary day than being entertained with the latest blockbuster whilst snug and cosy! Every Westfield boasts a fantastic modern cinema complex with all the latest releases. Huge screens, amazing sound, comfy chairs, delicious food and beverages, plus the obligatory munchable popcorn – what more could you want?

Pick of the family movies this winter will be The Secret Life of Pets 2. Max, Snowball, Gidget and all their friends are back for another adventure that’s sure to entertain the whole family.

Win a family holiday!

You could also win a fantastic family adventure of your own to experience the new ‘The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!’ ride at Universal Studios Hollywood! Just spend $20 or more at any Westfield centre in New Zealand between 10th and 30th June 2019 and enter to go in to the draw to win this amazing family holiday. (Terms and conditions apply).

See here for more details and how to enter.



Whether you’re wanting a quick snack to keep the kids from getting ‘hangry’, a coffee catch-up with a friend, or a family meal before a movie, Westfield has a range of dining options. From cafes and sushi bars, to global cuisine and burger joints, there’s something for every tastebud. Here’s our  tasty picks:

  • No one does comfort food quite like the Italians so head to Westfield Riccarton where you can choose from a huge range of pizzas, traditional pasta dishes and Italian classics at La Porchetta. It’s the perfect spot for a family celebration.
  • For that warming homemade taste, Yorkshire Roasts at Westfield Albany and St Lukes offers a choice of roast meats, veggies, and of course, lashings of gravy.
  • If you’re looking for a sweet treat, grab a shake or ice cream at Shake Shed & Co at Westfield St Lukes, Manukau, and Albany. Or, if you’re in the mood for something hot, their hot dogs are perfect for a quick bite. They also create amazing ice cream cakes!
  • For the ultimate in winter warmers, Mumbai Express at Westfield Manukau dishes up all your Indian cuisine favourites and exciting Mumbai street food options.
  • For a tasty meal that the kids will love (even though there’s healthy stuff in there!), try the Japanese Donburi bowls at Katsubi – available at all Westfield centres.


Need a break? Head to the free Kids Play Area in any Westfield and let the little ones loose while you relax. The kids will love the colourful, interactive activities. Age restrictions apply and children must be supervised at all times.

Westfield Albany: There are two fantastic Kids Play Areas at Westfield Albany. Discovery Island is on Level 1 near Stirling Sports. There’s also a new play area on Level 2 outside New World for kids under 5 years.

Westfield Manukau: Discover the Kids Play Area unique to Westfield Manukau, located next to Muffin Break. This play area is for kids under 5 years.

Westfield  St Lukes: Head to Level 2 near the Customer Service Desk to find the preschoolers Kids Play Area. Westfield St Lukes also has a Shopper’s Crèche who can take care of the kids for a couple of hours while you shop in peace. The Crèche is on Level 2 opposite Muffin Break.

Westfield Riccarton: Entertain the kids during a break in shopping at the Kids Play Area on Level 2 (near Bed Bath N’Table). All children are welcome.

Kidde Kruzzers

When shopping with the kids add some fun (and reduce the exasperation!) by hiring a Kidde Kruzzer. In single or double seater options, they are the ultimate way to travel – keeping the kids happy and saving those tired little legs. Enquire at the Customer Service Desk for availability and rates.

Monty Mornings with LEGO® DUPLO®

Looking for a fun outing for your parents’ coffee group? Monty Mornigs are all about stress-free fun. Monty the Monkey will entertain your under fives with colouring, crafts and stories while you enjoy a free coffee. Plus, the kids can play with thousands of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks!

You can join the Monty Mornings fun at Westfield Manukau at centre court on the ground level or at Westfield St Lukes in the food court on Level 1.  Terms and conditions apply. See in-centre for dates and more details.

Shop till you drop

Of course, Westfield is also the home of great shopping. You will find all the best brands and well-known stores that will really get you in the mood for some retail therapy. Enjoy winter and add an extra level of comfort and cosiness to your home with winter warmer ideas from these Westfield stores.

  • Cotton On Kids has a delightful range of kids clothing with styles that will brighten even the dullest of days. We love this Penelope Long Sleeve Tee with a cool rainbow print. You will find Cotton On stores in every Westfield centre.
  • Snuggle into this textured Lattice Throw by Morgan & Finch available at Bed Bath N’ Table and enjoy those cold winter nights. And don’t miss their flannelette bedlinen for cosy bedtimes – currently 50% off! Shop at Westfield Albany, St Lukes, and Riccarton.
  • JB Hi-Fi make indoor entertainment easy this winter with new release DVDs, Blu-Ray, music and video games. Shop at Westfield Albany, Manukau, and Riccarton.
  • Brighten your home or treat someone to a slice of Kiwiana with homewares, clothing, art, jewellery, souvenirs and more from New Zealand The Gift at Westfield St Lukes. Spend $60 instore before 30th June 2019 and receive a free winter beanie! (Terms and conditions apply).
  • Heading outdoors? Kathmandu at Westfield St Lukes are your go-to store for quality high-performance jackets, rainwear, snow gear and more.
  • When the winter ills and chills take their toll, Health 2000 has a range of natural health products to give the family an immunity boost. See them in-store at Westfield Albany, St Lukes, and Riccarton.
  • If the winter weather just all becomes too much, then head to Flight Centre and book that family holiday to sunnier climes! Flight Centre stores are in every Westfield centre.

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her world julieWritten by Julie Scanlon for Westfield

Julie is Editor for Kidspot NZ and our MVP. Her hobbies include laughing uncontrollably at her own jokes, annoying her family by asking questions about movie plots, and never taking anything too seriously. She speaks a little Spanish and a lot of Yorkshire. 

Favourite motto to live by: “It ain’t nothing but a thing”


  1. dawnblyth 03/07/2019 at 11:02 pm

    Westfield Riccarton is our local and its a great mall. It has brilliant family rooms for children to go the toilet in, for parents to change their babies and for parents to be able to go and rest to feed their little ones away from the craziness that malls can bring with them. The variety and selection of shops that are available in the mall here makes its a one stop shop for almost all your shopping needs. I think a trip to the mall is in order……………

  2. MuddledUpMolly 01/07/2019 at 8:46 pm

    I love the Westfield franchise but wish we had one closer! Alas we are in Wanganui so will have to travel a fair way to make the most of some of these offers.

  3. Jen_Wiig 01/07/2019 at 2:34 pm

    Our closest westfield is abit of a hike now that our local mall is no longer under that banner, but i do love the monty activites westfield offers for the kids esp over the holidays… Always accessible, affordable, creative and fun for every age group and level.
    I do also love that with westfields if you go to one and then have to return the item can go to another and no issues….
    Deff a go to hangout or chill out place over winter and great one stop shop… Go see a movie, have some lunch and then maybe do a few errands… Winning.

  4. kymmage 30/06/2019 at 12:29 pm

    I must admit that hanging out at Westfield use to be my go to in Winter when we had a Westfield. I use to love going there for brunch or lunch at Coffe Club. Then walking around the shops for some dry and warm exercise. Then catch a movie and finish up at The Chocolate Lounge for a hot drink before heading home. Blissful.

  5. SarahBlair 26/06/2019 at 2:22 pm

    I used to go to Westfield while there was one in Hamilton, now that I am Invercargill I really wish there was one here, I love the convenience of shopping malls.

  6. Micht 25/06/2019 at 8:10 pm

    Our local is Westfield Riccarton too…this mama is a mall rat so even when its warm i am there. Great stores, great restaurants and a good atmosphere…always enough parking and i enjoy meeting mum friends there too…Theobroma is my fave ..chocolate everything… love it…and the monty mornings are something ive been meaning to attend but keep missing it… will definitely go next month… alot of mums dont seem to know bout the membership but it a great thing to have so u find out what goes on for kiddies and the kids get a free gift every year…costs nothing to join.

  7. Bevik1971 24/06/2019 at 1:59 pm

    Oh I wish we had a Westfield Mall in Dunedin 🙁 We went to Westfield Riccarton when we were in Christchurch last, although a brief visit I loved it!! And we are definitely going back there for a longer look around. We do have a bit to do in Dunedin for the holidays but a Westfield Mall would be so good for something different. We do have a couple of malls here but they are fairly piddly compared to the Westfield ones haha 🙂

  8. Mands1980 22/06/2019 at 6:02 pm

    We go to Westfield in Riccarton it’s great with lots of shopping too Kmart is great for kids clothing and toys. The kids play area is great there seems to be a few children there when I go there. We are also going to see the secret life of pets 2 it looks so funny like the first one. We don’t go to Westfield much as we live 1 and a half hours away so it is a bit of a mission with the 3 kids but it is great entertainment.

  9. Shorrty4life1 18/06/2019 at 7:53 pm

    I’ve only ever been to Westfield Riccarton mall. I found it great each time I’ve been there. We’ve been few times to meet Santa around Christmas time and also in summer they were letting the kids decorate Swan plant pots then showed them how to plant them in their decorated pots after decorating. I found it super cool and it’s free entertainment. My children always used to get bored in the mall so they loved something different to keep their mind busy and to take home with them and say they did it themselves. I like that you can win a holiday from now til the end of June if you spend more than 20 dollars. Everyone needs a holiday in winter to get away from the coldness how cool. Will be taking my kids up again on the 5th of July. Wonder what entertainment they will have then??!!

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