Christmas is right around the corner. Have a special experience with loved ones and choose from the variety of appealing high tea options in the city centre. Put on your Sunday best, sip on some bubbly and nibble away at a delicious selection of both sweet and savoury delights. The heart of the city's high tea experiences are a must try and are perfect to celebrate this festive season!


Christmas High Tea | Bluebells Cakery | Commercial Bay, 1 Queen St 

Bluebells Cakery in Commercial Bay offers a takeaway high tea, where you can enjoy everything that Bluebells has to display. Dig into a selection of herbed egg tea sandwiches, asparagus roll, mini smoked chicken & brie slider, mini ham & cheese pastry twist and mini chicken sausage roll. As for sweet treats, you can enjoy mini xmas cupcake, macaron, mini xmas mince tart, berry & custard tart and cranberry & orange scone with coulis & cream. And for the refreshment, one of the following: coffee Supreme Coffee, Harney & Sons tea, Almighty juice, Otakiri water or Karma cola, Lemmy lemonade and Gingerella.


Contemporary Afternoon Tea | Bellini Bar | 147 Quay St 

Organise your closest friends and try the Contemporary Afternoon Tea at Hilton Auckland. Located on the ground floor, enjoy your afternoon tea at Bellini Bar with stunning waterfront views. Be treated to a selection of contemporary sweet and savoury delicacies, creating special moments in every bite. Their tea sommelier has carefully selected an impressive range of the finest loose-leaf Zealong and T2 teas, served in the luxury Cristina Re teaware. Why not add some extra sparkle to the occasion and upgrade your experience with an added glass of Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee on the day.

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Roaring 20's High Tea | Hotel Debrett | 2 High St 

Take a trip to the 1920s at Hotel DeBrett for their Roaring 20's High Tea. You’ll be feeling like a character in The Great Gatsby in no time, while sipping on cocktails and eating hors d’oeuvres. From smoked salmon pinwheels, prawn cocktails, gin & tonic cupcakes, and raspberry and cream lamingtons, indulgence has never tasted so good. Alternatively, this Christmas weekend you can buy a High Tea Picnic Box and enjoy this experience out in the sun. 

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High Tea Sundays | Ostro | 52 Tyler St 

To celebrate this occasion, grab your friends and book a table to Spend your Sunday at Ostro and enjoy their high tea offerings. In collaboration with Veuve Clicquot, Ostro’s high tea exudes taste and opulence. It’s not everyday you can taste crayfish, caviar, and Glory Bay salmon. Move from the savoury course to a sweet finish, with summer fruit tarts, mango mousse, passion fruit chocolate cake and more. 

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High Tea at Cookes | Hotel Grand Windsor | 58/60 Queen StHigh tea has been a valued British tradition dating back all the way to the 1700’s, and Cookes honours this tradition marvellously. Until 24 December, enjoy this distinctly British tradition and indulge in Cooke's restaurant & Bar signature high tea for an afternoon delight.

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Afternoon Tea | Park Hyatt | 99 Halsey St 

With a five-course extravaganza high tea, Park Hyatt is doing things a bit differently. Executive pastry chef Callum Liddicoat and sous chef Daniel Gorham have paired up to ensure diners experience a standout high tea afternoon. As the menu changes seasonally due to its emphasis on locally sourced produce, expect the unexpected when you enter Park Hyatt. High Tea will make this Christmas unforgettable for you and your loved ones. Another option Park Hyatt is providing this year is a Christmas day 4 course lunch with a glass of Champagne.

Last updated: 25 December 2021