Mums are actually the best. They birth you (ouch), raise you, love you, put up with your turbulent teenage years and always, always have your back. This Sunday is your chance to let your mama bear know just how much she means to you and give a massive thanks for everything she’s ever done. And what better way to do it than treating her to an epic day out?
If you’re stuck for ideas for what to do this Mother’s Day in Auckland, we’ve got you (and mum) completely covered. Here’s the best places to take the most important lady in your life this Mother’s Day.
Pah Homestead, Hillsborough
Escape the city and pay a visit to the beautifully refurbished Pah Homestead in Hillsborough. You can ooo and aah at the collections in the Wallace Arts Centre, try the new Homestead cafe then go for a wander around the grounds to the Monte Cecilia Park—the perfect spot for mama-offspring d&ms.
Get dolled up and head to Ostro for a spesh high tea. Pick between 11am or 3pm and expect to be wowed by all the scrumptious morsels on offer, including sweet treats and unique twists on Kiwi classics—pavlova, Veuve Clicquot marshmallow and Manuka honey mascarpone plus savoury profiteroles, washed down with tea and/or bubbly. Favourite child? You know it!
Brunch, Lunch & Dinner
Bird On A Wire, Ponsonby
You and your mum could be among the first to try Bird On A Wire’s new breakfast menu this Sunday. Start the day with stuffed brioche French toast, chilli butter-fried eggs and hash and a hearty breakfast platter for two. It’s sure to become a firm fave for the two of you!
Gusto at the Grand, Auckland CBD
Mamma mia! Treat your mum to an Italian lunch at Gusto at the Grand this Mother’s Day. Staying true to Italian values, Gusto’s rustic four-course set lunch will showcase simple food, classic flavours and fresh ingredients. You’ll find yourself tucking into bruschetta, house-made ricotta, tuna crudo, an orgy of mushrooms and gnocchi, lamb cutlets and a warm chocolate pudding. It will have you and your mama in a happy food coma, Italian style.
Orbit 360° Dining, Auckland CBD
A fair few floors up, Orbit 360° Dining is putting on a three-course lunch from up high. Spend time checking out the sprawling views of our pretty city with a 45-minute Sky Tower admission before settling in for an impressive lunch. Choose from the likes of spicy squid and butternut risotto, Rangitikei corn fed chicken supreme, beef sirloin steak and gluten free gnocchi then end things on a sweet note with strawberry pav, sticky date pudding or a decadent chocolate brownie. Go on, your mum deserves it.
MASU, Auckland CBD
Gather up the fabulous women in your life to experience MASU’s Japanese take on the social Chinese Yum Char tradition. The Nichiyo Brunch will have you nibbling away on sashimi, maki rolls, lamb cutlets, baby back pork ribs and so much more. Bring the little ones in tow because MASU will have plenty of ‘okosama’ bento boxes to keep them busy and full.
Euro, Princes Wharf
If your mama is yet to experience the stellar restaurant that is Euro, Mother’s Day is the day! This classy institution combines stunning views with even better food and a special menu conjured up by Executive Chef Gareth Stewart to help you celebrate your ma. We’re talking fresh strachiatella, wood roast chicken, king terakihi, moreish fried potatoes and a mouth-watering custard pudding with caramelised apple, toffee apple gel, salted caramel and malt sponge. Pair all this with a couple of glasses of bubbly and it will be one heck of a day.
Does your mum have a soft spot for Japanese? Ebisu are opening their doors especially for Mother’s Day this Sunday to serve a special three-course lunch. We won’t give too much away but expect their beautiful yuzu brûlée to make an appearance. If you’d rather take your mama out once the sun goes down, Ebisu will have their a la carte menu in full force for dinner. Book now and lock in a table.
One Tree Grill, Epsom
If your mama is a hard-core foodie, One Tree Grill’s Mother’s Day menu is sure to put a smile on her dial. Open for lunch and dinner, this Epsom restaurant’s three-course set menu includes their famous pork belly (which landed a spot on our Auckland’s Best Pork Belly Everything list), mushroom veloute and a fresh, zingy Meyer lemon curd dessert. Paired with a special Chambord Royale cocktail. Delish much?
Soul Bar & Bistro, Viaduct
Soul Bar is always a good time and this Sunday they’re bringing back their famous Mother’s Day lunch. With awesome waterfront views, you and your mama can eat your way through a three-course meal of carpaccio, duck breast and buttermilk panna cotta paired with a few glasses of vino. Bookings for this event always fill up fast so book ASAP. You wouldn’t want to disappoint your mum, would you?
Takapuna Beach Café, Takapuna
Keep things casual this Mother’s Day with a stroll along Taka beach followed by brunch at the oh-so pretty Takapuna Beach Café.Treat mum to pancakes, smashed eggs or a badass wagyu burger plus a compulsory scoop of their homemade gelato. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a scoop of damn fine ice cream.
Awesome Things To Do
Mum Is The Word at MOTAT, MOTAT
Glory Days Magazine is putting on a celebration for all things mums at MOTAT this Sunday.Celebrate all the special women in your life as you step back in time to the fab ‘50s and dabble in vintage makeovers, vinyl sounds, fashion shows, market stalls, dance lessons and pin-up photoshoots. Check out the deets here.
Mother’s Day Fun Run Walk, Multiple 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. Register you and your mama here.
East Day Spa, Auckland CBD
Your mum probably (definitely) deserves a massage this Mother’s Day. Luckily, East Day Spa are offering four packages—Air, Fire, Earth and Water. From side-by-side mani-pedis, volcanic stone massages, mud wraps and seaweed treatments, and full body shower experiences, you and your ma will walk out feeling refreshed, relaxed and ready to dine at one of SKYCITY’s restaurants.
The Caker Baking Demo, Grafton
The Caker a.k.a Jordan Rondel will be taking over the beautiful Kenwood Showroom Kitchen to teach you her baking secrets. Jordan will share her tips and tricks and demonstrate how to bake three of her favourite recipes from her new book while you sip on a glass of bubbles—you’ll even get to try the recipes afterwards! More details here.
Poses and Pints, Browns Bay
If you think beer and yoga don’t gel, think again. On Sunday Deep Creek Brewing Company are hosting Poses and Pints, which will see your mum do yoga on the beach before enjoying some guilt-free brews and lunch. Go from lotus pose to Deep Creek’s lotus pale ale with its golden hue and floral notes—a quirky alternative to flowers this Mother’s Day.
Auckland Seafood School, Freemans Bay
Mum has lovingly fashioned thousands of meals for you and now it’s time to return the favour. The Auckland Seafood School is putting on a Mother’s Day Ultimate Sunday Brunch, which will see you cooking up a storm to make prawn, rocket and feta fritters and prosciutto wrapped salmon eggs bene. Mum can either join in or sit back with a glass of bubbles and watch you work your kitchen magic.
Dialogue: Mum’s The Word, Q Theatre
We all have stores about our mothers and in turn, stores that our mothers have told us. The crazy ones, the sad ones, the laugh-til-we-cry ones, even the ones we really, really wish they hadn’t told us. Dialogue: Mum’s The Word celebrates mothers in all the glory. Hosted by Michele A’Court, as part of the NZ International Comedy Festival comedians and special guests will be sharing their stories and have your laughing, cringing and reminiscing with your mama by your side. Grab your tickets here.
Is your mama the outdoor-sy type? Here’s some awesome walks and hikes to take.
Image credit: Orbit 360° Dining