Mother’s Day, the day dedicated to treating our deserving mothers and mother figures to something special to remind them how much they are loved and appreciated. To help you celebrate your mum or mother figure this Mother’s Day, we have compiled a list of the best high teas, brunch spots, special lunch offers and places for a glass of bubbles or a cocktail in the heart of the city.

Take mum to a high tea: 

Mother's Day MusicaliTea | Hilton | $99pp

Book something different and treat mum to high tea with a live orchestral performance this Mother's Day. Ensembles from the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra will serenade you and mum while you sip on beautiful brews and an exquisite array of savoury delights and delectable sweets. Make a booking here

Roaring 20's High Tea | Hotel DeBrett |  $59pp

Step back in time and enter an afternoon of glamour, delicious treats and prohibition cocktails at this high tea experience. Served in the vibrant art deco surrounds of Hotel DeBrett, you'll indulge in savoury delights such as smoked salmon pinwheels and devilled eggs as well as decadent sweets including jaffa mousse and hokey pokey tartlets. See the full menu and make a booking here

Mother's Day High Tea | Fable Auckland | $75pp, $45 per child

This exquisite Mother's Day high tea kicks off with a glass of bubbles upon arrival, followed by an irresistible selection of treats that are sure to make you the favourite child. Find out more and make a booking here

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Cookes Restaurant Mother's Day High Tea
High tea - Hotel Debrett

Mother's Day Afternoon TeaThe Living Room | $145pp, $90 for kids 

This afternoon tea at the Living Room is an occasion not to be missed. With a limited edition 5 course menu, a cocktail prepared by the Captain's Bar mixologists, live music from DJ and saxophonist Sam Jones and a gift from Kingdom Candles, mum is bound to feel spoilt on her big day. Make a booking here

Bluebell's High Tea | Bluebells Cakery | $35-$55pp

Take mum to Bluebells Cakery and indulge in an unforgettable high tea experience complete with sweet and savoury treats alongside a variety of teas and coffee to suit every taste. See the menu and make a booking here

Mother's Day High Tea Buffet | Pullman | $95pp, $65 per child

Nothing short of magnificent, this mouth-watering high tea buffet (yes, you read that right - a high tea buffet!) has everything from pulled beef sliders and beetroot tartare to mini berry mille feuilles and lemon meringue tarts. Make a booking here

Mother's Day Afternoon Tea | JW Marriott | $119pp, $79 per child

Inspired by the concept of 'tea gastronomy', this buffet afternoon tea is the perfect way to celebrate your mother figure in style. Be greeted by a glass of sparkling rose, indulge in an array of sweet and savoury delights and sip on a premium selection of Dilmah gourmet teas. Make a booking here

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High Tea treats

Book a special lunch:


Brunch and Bubbles with Piper Heidseick | Saint Alice | $90pp

Save yourself a stop at the florist on May 14th and book the Saint Alice Brunch and Bubbles for Mum. Tickets include not one, but two glasses of Piper Heidseick Cuvée Brut, brunch (one of four dishes to choose from) and a small floral bouquet. Bookings are essential & must include the number of mothers attending. Make a booking here.


Mother's Day Brunch at The Rooftop Terrace | Rydges Auckland | $75pp

This Mother’s Day, take it up a notch! We mean waaaaay up. All the way up to the Rooftop Terrace where a beautiful Mother’s Day brunch awaits. Let us set the scene: you, your mother figure and your guests indulge in a sensational brunch laden with scrumptious dishes: fruits, muesli, smoked salmon, eggs, bacon, waffles and so much more. A glass of G.H. Mumm Champagne is brought to you as soon as you arrive to kick start the celebrations.

The view, well, that deserves its own conversation. Sparkling harbour and Harbour Bridge act as backdrops to your effervescent affair. Make a booking, here. 


Soul Bar & Bistro

Mother's Day at Soul! | Soul Bar & Bistro | Prices vary

You can never go wrong with an outing to Viaduct institution, Soul Bar and Bistro. Take your pick from the full a la carte menu while the kids chow down on a yummy youngsters menu. Plus, Soul even have a little something sweet for mum to take home! Make a booking here


Mother's Day lunch | Onemata | $80pp

Treat the mother figure in your life to a special lunch on the waterfront with Onemata's a delectable Mother's Day sharing menu. What’s more, Mum can sit back and relax whilst taking in the beautiful views across Auckland’s stunning waterfront. Take your pick from the likes of duck liver pate, cured salmon, eye fillet and market fish, then top it all off with a delectable dessert. See the full menu and make a booking here

Mother's Day at Esther

Esther Restaurant | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue | $120pp

Esther are dusting off the fine china and polishing their best silverware as they prepare for a long lunch to delight mum, nonna, a neighbour - every mother figure in your life. Take mum on a culinary journey through the Greece, Italy, Sicily and beyond with dishes including Esther's puff bread, kingfish crudo, wood roasted lamb, snapper, duck fat potatoes, treacle sponge and of course, champagne. Make this Mother's Day an extra special one with this feast that's truly a treat for all. See the full menu and make a booking here


Movida | 52 Tyler Street | $95pp

Known for its great food, drinks list and most importantly, a sense of theatre and fun, MoVida is sure to impress mum this Mother's Day. Designed to share, their Dia de las Madres menu features some of the favourites they know mum will love - think oysters, wagyu beef, truffle potato foam and chocolate marquise to name a few. See the set menu and make a booking here

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Wildfire Churrascaria  | 22 Quay Street | prices vary 

Treat your mum to an all-you-can-eat Churrasco feast at Wildfire this Mother’s Day and enjoy a large selection of succulent meats, fresh seafood, endless sides and mouth-watering desserts. To make this day even more special, the team at Wildfire are offering mums a complimentary $25 gift voucher for their next visit! 

Set sail on the Waitematā Harbour | NZ Maritime Museum

Head out on the sparkling Waitematā Harbour with Mum for a special one-hour sailing aboard Ted Ashby. Coffee and treats are included in your $36 ticket. 

Book your sailing experience here. 

Sip on cocktails or champagne:

Refined cocktails or champagne | The Sugar Club, Sky Tower level 53

Treat Mum to a chic and elegant experience with opulent views of Auckland city. Sitting 53 floors above the city centre, a night at The Sugar Club will be one to remember for both you and your mother figure.

A cocktail at Pōni | Level 1/172 Quay Street, Commercial Bay

You'll definitely have a good time at this rosé centric Asian-inspired eatery which offers some of the best food and views Commercial Bay has to offer! We recommend you try their watermelon Margarita or elderflower fizz.

Margaritas from Frida’s Margaritas | 51 Galway Street, Britomart

Positioned amidst all the happenings in Britomart, Frida’s Margaritas is a great place to have some fun and taste some adventurous margaritas with your mum. Treat her to one or two of the eight unique margaritas on offer - go for a classic, or try the jalapeno Margarita for something different. 

The Sugar Club cocktails
Mexico - margaritas

Dr Rudi's Paint, Sip and Snack with Mumm

Treat mum to a painting class at this iconic waterfront venue where you can unleash your inner artist together (and give her your creation, which ticks off lunch and a present)! Tickets include a two-hour guided painting session with Paintvine, a glass of Mumm Champagne, and a famous Dr Rudi’s shared charcuterie board.

Sittings at 11am and 2:30pm. $79 pp. Bookings recommended - book here.


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Last updated: 01 May 2023