Auckland’s Best High Teas

By Marilynn McLachlan - 12 May 2017

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Pinkies Up! What better way to treat yourself than enjoying one of Auckland’s best high teas? Let’s face it, it’s nice to feel that you’re a little bit, y’know, classy!  Those awesome, tea and cake (and sometimes champagne) filled occasions that allow us to get dolled up and drink flowery, fruity teas and sandwiches without even a speck of crust. Seriously, people will get killed over that speck of crust.

Whether it’s Mother’s Day, a graduation or you just want to spoil that special someone, high tea is the perfect thing to do. Not only do you enjoy tea, cake and sometimes a glass of bubbles, they’re a great present for your mum or grandma, as well as ideal as a hen’s party for a bride-to-be who has asked you to tone down on the penis straws. 

Lucky for us, various venues across Auckland serve up swanky high tea that we reckon would be good enough for the Queen herself.

Without further adieu, here are the best high teas in Auckland!

High Tea At The Langham

Start your search for the high tea in Auckland at The Langham’s Palm Court. Get dressed in your flowery best and relax in one of their plush chairs beneath a beautiful chandelier with a glass of champagne (of course). Prepare those tastebuds for an hour or two of pure delight. Served on tiered, silver stands, you’ll find delightful finger food like your grandma used to make. You’ll find dainty sammies with the crusts cut off, warm and fluffy scones, followed by the cutest little sweet treats imaginable. Finish it all off with a delicious tea. We could seriously get used to this life! High tea at The Langham is an absolute must-do for every Aucklander!

High Tea At Cornwall Park Bistro

From 2pm daily, you can enjoy high tea at Cornwall Park Bistro. This stunning venue, in the heart of the rolling hills of Cornwall Park is a treat like no other. With various places to sit, nothing can beat the deck on a sunny day. There’s so many tea options, you’ll be spoiled for choice! From rare white teas to Japanese green tea, Cornwall Park Bistro high tea has it all!  And the food menu is just as delicious. Savoury treats include caramelised onion and blue cheese tart, smoked fish croquette and pork sausage roll. Just leave room for the sweets, because there’s chocolate tartlets, salted toffee eclairs and, naturally, warm puffy scones!

High Tea At Waitakere Estate

If you’re looking for an alternative to high tea in Auckland City, then we suggest you plug in Waitakere in Google Maps, stats. They say West is Best for a reason, you know!  For the ultimate luxury escape, head to Waitakere Estate and soak in the views of the Waitamata Harbour, mighty Rangitoto and Auckland City while enjoying one of the best high teas in Auckland. If you think high tea is simply a few hours, then think again. You can up experience at Waitakere Estate by booking the Ultimate High Tea Package. With a night in deluxe accommodation, high tea and a three-course a la carte dinner for two, it’s like high tea on steroids! Oo la la! Life has never felt so fancy!

High Tea At Eden Gardens

One of Auckland’s best kept secrets are the Eden Gardens. Here, you can truly take a step back in time as the cafe is like visiting your grandmother, with its aged decor and seating. It comes as no surprise then, that they also serve up high tea. Relax in the lush surrounding and indulge in chicken and cucumber club sandwiches and sundried tomato filo cups. Or, from the sweet side of Eden Gardens’ high tea, you’ll enjoy the likes of macarons and mini lemon meringue pie. Naturally you’ll enjoy tea and scones, too!

High Tea At Ostro

Situated in the Seafarers building in Britomart, Ostro has won the heart of many an Aucklander with it’s delicious food, friendly and talented staff and the spectacular views. Nothing beats the beauty of Auckland on a sunny day...except, perhaps, high tea on a sunny day!  That’s right, one of Auckland’s best restaurants also serves up delicious high tea for you to enjoy with your mum, your gran or your besties. Slightly hidden, you’ll need to go up the elevator, but when those doors open, boy will you be impressed! With large, sea-facing windows (that are left open on sunny days), it’s one of the most beautiful places in Auckland. Ostro’s high tea offers a colourful selection of treats. Choose from a classic mini pavlova or a yuzu or, that classic, lemon meringue. Naturally, there’s also the fanciest teas to choose from...but no doubt you’ll also want to buy that bottle of champers.

High Tea At Orbit 360

There’s high tea and then there’s high high tea. Yep, why settle for this decadent treat on the ground when you can enjoy high tea at SkyCity’s Orbit 360 restaurant. Battle any fears you may have of heights, because this iconic building will see you dining on a modern and sophisticated twist to the traditional high tea. Savoury delights include mini lamb burger with mint jelly, lettuce and tomato and deep-fried breaded mushroom stack filled with herbed feta cheese. Of course, what would high tea be without the sweets? While there is the traditional scones available, high tea at Orbit takes things up a notch with things like strawberry and vanilla choux puff, a milk and hazelnut opera, cassis and mascarpone macaroons, cherry tartlets and orange Madeline’s.

There’s also a gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian menu available on request.

But what would one of the best high teas in Auckland be know, tea?! Orbit 360 uses Total Tea tea, which has all the flavours and textures you could hope for. Better yet, they’re all produced naturally and fairly traded. Now that’s our kind of tea!

Satisfy your belly while the restaurant circles around the tower, offering 360 degree views over the City of Sails.  It really is where you’ll find on of the best places for high tea in Auckland! 

High Tea At The Wintergarden Pavillion

Auckland's original tea kiosk continues to serve up a delectable high tea on the first and third weekend of every month. Think three-tiered stands chocka with deliciousness, including the crowd-favourite scones with cream and jam. The Wintergarden Pavillion serves premium teas or bubbles to be enjoyed with your tower of treats. An inner-city oasis in the Auckland Domain, it’s a must-try. Take a leisurely stroll afterwards and soak in the beauty.

All About T

To round of our picks for Auckland's best high tea, we have something a little different. This destination may just be right in your backyard—or anywhere that takes your fancy. All About T is a mobile high tea service that brings high tea to you. They have lots of options available including a burlesque high tea (REOW) and corporate "pampering" high teas complete with manis, pedis or massages—we hope your boss is reading this!

High Tea At Stamford Plaza

Situated in the heart of Auckland City, you’ll find Stamford Plaza. More than a hotel, it is a fabulous venue for dining out, having an after work drink and—of course—high tea!  This is your chance to sit back, relax and let someone else do the hard work for you. Their savoury options include Peking duck roll with spring onion, cucumber and hoisin sauce and a roast beef, peppered mushrooms, rocket and horseradish crème wrap. Starting to drool yet? Well wipe that chin, because their sweets menu is just as good. You’ll discover sensational tastes inside the hazelnut and chocolate mousse cup and the mango panna cotta with passionfruit jelly. Just don’t forget to leave room for the exotic macaroons!  And, what high tea in Auckland would be complete without scones? The Stamford Plaza offers two varieties, including, the classic vanilla scone, pumpkin and date scone. Served with cream, butter and mixed berry jam, it’s a sensation for your tastebuds. Best you wear your fanciest stretchy pants because high tea at Stamford Plaza is one of the best things to do in Auckland!

High Tea At La Fourchette

If you thought high tea originated from Britain, think again, because it was a trend that started in France a full 22 years before England! And, in the heart of St Heliers, you’ll find La Fourchette, a French brasserie following this tradition and serving up delightful high tea for your eating pleasure. While you can dine at this seaside venue morning, noon and night, high tea is on offer each day between three and five pm. You know it’s going to be good when they’ve developed their own pastry range, La Petite Fourchette. Under the guidance of Pierre Roth, the team create fresh delicacies every morning in preparation for the day ahead. In true French style, the high tea menu includes, among other items, ham and cheese croissant, tomato mozzarella on baguette and mini vegetarian quiche. When it comes to sweets, your tastebuds will be dancing as you try lemon and thyme tart and coffee profiterole—little puffs of perfection! Naturally, you can choose from tea or bubbles, but there is also a cocktail option if you really want to indulge. Get the time right, and you can keep the buzz alive by walking along the beach just as the sun sets. Bliss!

High Tea At Fisher House

We couldn’t forget about South Auckland now, could we? Head to Manukau to enjoy high tea at Fisher House. Found on what used to be a racing horse, this is on building seeped in Auckland history. Once the home of Sir Woolf and Lady Fisher, it was built with entertaining in mind, and includes a grand lobby, a sweeping, curvy staircase, a billiards room and a stunning garden terrace. And, if high tea at Fisher House was good enough for the Queen Mother, chances are, it’s good enough for you too! 

Served on a three-tiered stand, choose from high tea, royal high tea or majestic high tea. Each includes finger sandwiches, fresh homemade scones with jam and fresh cream, a hot savoury, a sweets selection and a collection of sweet pastries and slices. Opt for tea, Marquis de la Tour French bubbles or a flute of Mumm Cordon Rouge depending on your tastes and extravagance.

Fisher House also caters to sprogs with their kids high tea—it includes fairy bread, butterfly cake, a hot savoury and a fluffy. So, head South now, and enjoy one of the best high teas in Auckland!

High Tea At Bellini

Another beautiful venue to enjoy high tea is at the Hilton’s Bellini. The expansive area boasts  some of the best views of the sparkling Waitemata Harbour with floor to ceiling windows and the option to sit outside on a fine day—you’re practically on the water! With plush chairs to sink into and excellent staff to cater to your every need, you’ll feel like the Queen herself!  Bellini offers four Twisted High Teas, including traditional, elegant, bubbly or whisky options. On offer are delicious sweet and savoury bite-sized treats all carefully selected by the chef. With a glass of bubbles on arrival, two cocktail teasers and your choice of a hot beverage, we think the bubbly option is a must!

High Tea At The Sofitel

The Sofitel describes their high tea as a tantalising tour de force. The warm, plush lobby will make you feel welcome in no time. Take a pew in one of their lush chairs and get ready for one of the best high teas in Auckland! Taking this European tradition very seriously, they’ll take your tastebuds on a sweet and savoury adventure that you’ll adore.  Enjoy a tea, or take things up a notch with a flute of champagne—pinky raised, of course!

High Tea At Hotel de Brett 

Hotel de Brett's location on High St makes this the ultimate post-shopping experience. Head to this Auckland institution on a Saturday or Sunday between five and three pm for sweet delicacies and fine savouries. On the savoury menu you’ll find delights such as smoked akaroa salmon filo and tzatziki finger sandwich with tomato and kawakawa relish. On the sweet side, you’ll enjoy lemonade scones with whipped cream and jam and pineapple and kaffir lime lamingtons, vanilla crème fraiche. A glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV is included, as well as an array of teas. We know where we’ll be this weekend!

High Tea at Hotel Grand Windsor 

A modern take on this afternoon classic, High Tea at Hotel Grand Windsor is far from the simple English breakfast, biscuits and tea trolly. Serving your favourite sips in exclusive fine bone china by T2, the spread before you is just calling to be photographed. Raise your pinkies and take your pick from 15 select tea choices.

The snacks at this high tea are both dainty and delicious and we’re all about it. Every dish is crafted in-house, using only sustainable and locally sourced foods that sing with flavour. Start with the savory specials of cured salmon with dill or arancini with aioli, then move onto the sandwiches—chicken and walnut, ham and cheese or a good old egg mayo.

But let's be honest, we’re here for the sweet treats—isn't everything just better in mini form? We’re talking buttermilk scones with strawberry and rose preserve, elderflower profiteroles, geranium truffle pops and much more to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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Image Credit: The Langham, Ostro, Stamford Plaza, Sofitel

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