Let’s be honest: mums are the best. Not only did they give you the gift of life, but they’ve been through all the hardships and never stopped loving ya.
And, although you shouldn’t wait for a special occasion to treat your mama like the queen she is, Mother’s Day is a day for going the extra mile. This Sunday, show your mum how much she means to you by spending some quality time her. To help you on your merry way, we’ve rounded up the best things to do this Mother’s Day in Auckland.
Treat Your Mum To Breakfast, Lunch Or Dinner
Rydges Hotel, Auckland City
Try something new with your most favourite person in the world and opt for dinner in the dark! Yep, that’s right. Dans Le Loir (translation: in the dark) is a dining in the dark experience like no other. While the menu is a surprise (that’s all part of the fun), you can choose between seafood, vegetarian or ‘trust the chef’. Book a table for you and your mum here.
If your mama is a big fan of local producers and a healthy lifestyle—Ortolana is the place to go. Find a pozzy in the quaint inner-city courtyard and brace yourself for a delightful meal to remember. This Sunday, the restaurant is dishing up a special fazzoletti pasta dish starring buttercup, sage and ricotta—divine! Better yet, it comes with a glass of Col de’ Salici Prosecco. It’s all yours for $30 per person.
Soul Bar & Bistro, Viaduct Harbour
What’s not to love about an outstanding lunch with an equally outstanding view?! Take your mum to Auckland Viaduct’s Soul Bar & Bistro for a three-course meal this Mother’s Day. Soul’s executive chef has designed a menu especially for the occasion and it includes the likes of trevally crudo, mushroom tortelli and a not-to-be-missed feijoa dessert.
Masu by Nic Watt, SkyCity
Masu has joined forces with East Day Spa to create the ultimate Mother’s Day experience. Start with a pampering 30-minute treatment of your choice (facial, mani/pedi, or back massage) followed by a Japanese-inspired four-course meal. After this luxe outing, you’ll be on the fast-track to becoming the child of the year!
If your mother loves exotic flavours, take her to Saan this Sunday! As the little sister of Café Hanoi and Xuxu, the Ponsonby restaurant serves up some of the best Thai food in Auckland. Bring your mum in for lunch this Mother’s Day and she’ll be treated to a free seasonal cocktail. The spicy creation stars brandy, sherry and choko-infused five spic syrup.
Head to Orleans for some hearty soul food this Mum’s Day. Known for their po’ boys, fried chicken waffles and BBQ ribs, this pozzy is for all those rockstar mums out there. And because Orleans love ya mum as much as you, they’ll treat her to a mouth-watering dessert pie for free. If you play your cards right, she might give you a spoonful of the deliciousness.
Mexico, Various locations
Speaking of free desserts, Mexico is also delivering the goods this weekend. Feast on a meal of tacos, quesadillas and—of course—fried chicken before your lovely mum is treated to a free dessert. The Mother’s Day special is all about choccy mousse, brownie, strawberries and salted caramel almond praline. Cross your fingers she’s willing to share!
Britomart Country Club, Britomart
Pizza + wine = the ultimate combo. Kick back at Britomart Country Club this Sunday where you can enjoy pizza and two glasses of rosé for just $30. There’s an array of wood-fried pizzas to devour including margherita, pepperoni and marinara with flavoursome Pomodoro sauce. As for the rosé, you’ll be treated to NZ Rosé Co’s pink delight.
Grangers, Half Moon Bay
We can always count on Grangers to serve up a delish Sunday roast and this weekend is no exception. They’ll be serving confit pork belly with apple sauce, veges and—the best part—plenty of crunchy crackling. They’ll be two sittings (5pm or 7.30pm) and bookings are essential. Alternatively, if you visit during the day, they’ll be a bouncy castle for the kids and live music from 3pm.
Agave Restaurant, Karioitahi Beach
Treat your fave gal to a road trip AND a delightful meal this week. Part of the picturesque Castaways Resort, Agave Restaurant sure know how to spoil a mum! Visit in the morn for a buffet breakfast of salmon eggs bene and pancakes. Alternatively, visit in the arvo and you’ll feast on a buffet lunch to remember. Think platters of seafood, countless salads and mouth-watering chicken, lamb and fish. The best part? Every group will receive a photobooth token to use on the day and capture the moment.
Tabula Rasa, Ramarama
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and venture to Tabula Rasa. The stunning venue is surrounded by scenic gardens guaranteed to delight your mum. You’ll be treated to free bubbles on arrival followed by a gourmet picnic platter to share. Relax under the trees, cosy around the fireplace and try your luck at the outdoor games—there’s chess, petanque, dominoes and giant jenga! Book your ticket here for just $40 per person.
Make your mum feel like the queen she is with a special high tea for two at Oaken. For just $40, you’ll be treated to prosciutto followed by potato blinis with salmon, crème fraiche and caviar. There’s always room for a sweet treat and Oaken has you covered with strudel topped with sweetened cream—delish! Bookings are essential.
Awesome Activities To Do With Your Mum
A Peachy Keen Mother’s Day, MOTAT
Take your mum on a trip down memory lane at MOTAT this weekend. Kicking off from 10am, A Peachy Keen Mother’s Day is a vintage day out Mum will love. They event is jam-packed with live music, dance lessons, car displays, fashion shows and a whooole lot of rock’n’roll! Feelin’ peckish? Opt for a high tea of French teas and delicate sandwiches.
Mix It Up, Everybody’s
Let mum show her creative flare this Sunday. Everybody’s is hosting a Mixing It Up painting experience especially for Mother’s Day. Rest assured, there are no rules or experience necessary—it’s simply just a chance to give mum some well-deserved ‘me time’. Your mum will be given the tools of the trade: brushes, paint and a canvas to take home. All she needs to do is grab a drink and let the creative juices flow!
Mother’s Day Fun Run Walk, Various locations
Mother’s Day ain’t all about wining and dining. The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run Walk is taking place at four locations in Auckland (Ellerslie, Long Bay, Pukekohe and Western Springs) and is a chance for you two to walk or run it with a bunch of other awesome ladies. What’s more, money raised from the event goes to Heart Foundation. Register you and your mama here.
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