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

The best high teas:

Hotel de Brett, $85pp | 2 High Street

High tea - Hotel Debrett

Celebrate the wonderful women in your life by toasting with a glass of Laurent Perrier Brut and indulging in Hotel Debrett's 1920’s inspired high tea menu, while the gramophone sounds of the Great Gatsby era have you tapping your toes. This high tea experience includes: A glass of Laurent Perrier Brut on arrival, an indulgent Roaring 20’s inspired high tea and DeBrett’s flapper pack filled with faux pearls, elegant headbands, demure long gloves and bright feather boas. 

Lobster and Wagyu, | Level 7/52 Tyler Street 

Lobster and Wagyu

Enjoy a high tea with macarons, sweet treats, lobster rolls and wagyu sandos on level seven of the Seafarers building. A decadent experience for mum with beautiful views!

Other high teas experiences

Our brunch and lunch picks:

Soul Bar & Bistro, $65pp | The Viaduct


You can never go wrong with an outing to Viaduct institution, Soul Bar and Bistro. Enjoy a delicious 3-course menu full of love on Sunday 9th May. On the menu choose from options such as; truffle & cheese doughnuts with gruyère cheese sauce, prawn & saffron risotto, free range chicken breast with kale pesto and passionfruit curds & pistachio meringue to name just a few, And while you are there enjoy a cocktail or two from their great selection, it would be rude not to!

Onemata Restaurant, Park Hyatt, $95pp | 99 Halsey Street

Onemata - Mother's day lunch

Enjoy a delectable three-course lunch at Onemata Restaurant this Mother’s Day. What’s more, Mum can sit back and relax whilst taking in the beautiful views across Auckland’s stunning waterfront, sipping elegantly on a chilled glass of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve NV. The menu includes: Ora king salmon poke, purple kumara gnocchi and citrus roulade to just name a few.

kingi, à la carte menu | 29 Galway Street

kingi mother's day

To show gratitude for our mothers, kingi restaurant has partnered with the talented Isadia Floral (@isadiafloral) who will have beautiful bouquets for sale in the laneway adjoining the restaurant and The Hotel Britomart. Reserve both your table and a bouquet from Isadia by booking through kingi’s website A full a la carte breakfast menu is available.

Esther Restaurant, $99pp | 4 Viaduct Harbour Avenue

Esther Auckland

Esther is putting on a Mediterranean lunch celebration of all mums, and everyone and their mother is welcome. With three courses, this set menu delivers all the delicacies without the decision making. Start off with the puff bread, taramasalata and baked saganaki. Then move to mains – from Te Anau saffron linguine, Leigh line caught snapper and Coastal spring lamb - before the dessert. Plus enjoy a glass of complimentary Sgroppino, a perfect pour of prosecco and sorbet.

Gallery Cafe | 1 Kitchener Street inside the Auckland Art Gallery


Overlooking Albert Park, Auckland Art Gallery Cafe is a tranquil and relaxing space to take your mum for a mother's day brunch. Plus Sunday 9 May, will be the last day for you enjoy the Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art exhibition before it closes so indulge in one of the tasty meals offered there. They even have a special Toi Tū Toi Ora menu. We are big fans of their Kai Kōhua Boil-up designed by Kārena and Kasey Bird - slow-cooked hāngi pork belly with fondant kūmara in a watercress and bacon broth, served with rēwana bread. ($25)

Best places to enjoy a glass of bubbles, a cocktail or a wine:

Bellini | The Hilton, 147 Quay Street


As part of Auckland’s Hilton, Bellini is a luxurious and special place to take your mum for a few cocktails. The drinks menu offers over 130 cocktails from true classics to signature cocktails created by experienced mixologists. Along with cocktails, there is an impressive selection of exclusive wines, beers, ciders and spirits meaning there is a drink we know your mum would enjoy! Sip back on your cocktails as you look out the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning views of Auckland city and the beautiful Waitemata Harbour.

The Poni Room | Level 1/172 Quay Street, Commercial Bay

Poni room

If your mum likes rosé, then the Poni Room is the perfect place to take her. They have the pink stuff by the glass, bottle, or even straight from a beautiful fish jar. You'll definately have a good time at this rosé centric Asian-inspired eatery. Plus the food is delicious. We recommend you try their coconut laksa ($23) and their prawn & shiitake dumplings (6PC for $25).

Frida’s Margaritas | 51 Galway Street, Britomart

Mexico - margaritas

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 ten unique margaritas on offer - they are all delicious but we can’t go past the black plum and cinnamon margarita. Plus, take advantage of Frida’s being part of Mexico Britomart and share some delicious snacks and tacos.

Last updated: 05 May 2021