Mums are the best. They put up with the tantrums, mood swings, constant nagging and anything else we throw their way. Luckily for us (and them), Mother's Day is the perfect time to give back to our loving mums or mother figures, who are constantly giving to us. It is time to go all out for the special women in our lives and make sure they know just how much we love and appreciate them. Auckland has some perfect options for places to take Mum this Mother's Day and treat her to some amazing food and, as long as you supply the amazing company, then you will have nailed it.
So, whether it is your mum, grandma, aunty, friend or any other motherly figure in your life, here are the best places to take them this Mother's Day in Auckland to say thank you for all they do.
Dine Out For A Special Mother's Day Lunch
True happiness comes in the form of food and, what better way to celebrate with your Mum than taking her out to a special lunch in her honour? Here are a few of the best lunch spots who are hosting Mother's Day inspired lunch's that will make your mum feel like the queen she is.
The Sugar Club
Show your mum how much you love her by taking her sky-high—literally. Yes, we're talking The Sugar Club, situated 53 stories high with expansive and spectacular views across the city. Try the new lunch menu for $49 that includes one savoury dish and one dessert. On the mains menu, choose between Hauraki Gulf fish with Brussel sprouts, pickled sea chicory with dill oil or Japanese quail with Doris plum, toasted rice and endive or wild shot venison with tamarind puree, ong choy and raw oyster mushroom. On the dessert menu, you'll find sheep pannacotta, ice cream sandwich or the ultimate Hogarth 70% chocolate with kampot pepper ice cream, damson and semi-dried quince. Book your table here.
One of Auckland's best restaurants, Harbourside is looking after mums this Mother's Day. With the fresh and fine seafood, she'll also receive a complimentary flute of Campo Viejo Cava Brut Reserva with a main meal purchase. With stunning harbour views and plenty of dishes to choose from, you can book here.
You and your mum can settle in for a decadent three-course, set-menu lunch that includes a glass of Mumm champagne (how fitting) at Euro this Mother's Day. Located on Auckland’s waterfront, the beautiful views of Waitemata Harbour and the Harbour bridge make the perfect backdrop for a picturesque lunch that will make Mum feel extra special. The menu lets you choose from selected entrees, mains and desserts which are each as delicious as each other, the mains include the summer sweetcorn risotto with jalapeno, smoked creme fraiche and pork crackling. There are two sittings during the day, one at 11am and the second at 2pm, and bookings are essential to secure your spot.
There is a special Mother’s Day set lunch at the charming Herne Bay restaurant, Andiamo. The fresh, modern Italian-inspired kitchen is offering a set lunch of two courses, with Mum receiving a complimentary glass of Cinzano Prosecco with her meal. The exquisite menu includes dishes such as the market-catch fish with fresh squid, broccoli, chilli and pork crackling. We think Mum’s everywhere would be stoked with that, don’t you?
The expert team at Mexico is bringing out the ultimate treat for Mother’s day—a special dessert of pavlova meringues with kiwifruit sorbet, mint, strawberry and coriander compote, coconut crema, almond soil and las flores. This decadent dish will be complimentary for any Mum coming in on Mother’s Day. Settle in for a feast on tacos, quesadillas and a few margaritas for good measure, and finish off with the special dessert to give Mum a well-deserved spoiling.
Spoil your mum this Mother's Day at La Zeppa from 1.45 - 4pm with a special wine and paint party cherry blossom painting. Whether she's a seasoned artist or a newbie, Art in Bloom Academy will provide all the materials you need for you both to create your own special cherry blossom painting. Better yet—you'll be able to take it home with you so you'll have something to remember the special time together forever. Get your tickets here.
If going out isn't your thing then order in from FED. This Mother's Day, choose between two boxes, including the Yummy Mumm or the Mum's Boozy lunch box—each contains a sharing meal for a family of four, ready to heat, serve and eat.
Take Mum To A Mother's Day High Tea
Take Mum To A Winery
The special occasion that is Mother’s Day calls for extra celebration and drinking wine is, in our opinion, one of the best ways to truly celebrate. Raising a glass of the good stuff with your wonderful Mum is a great way to enjoy each others' company, spend some quality time together and soak in the joyous taste of fine New Zeland wine. We are blessed in Auckland to be surrounded by so many of the country’s best wineries, and while the wine and food are all top-notch, the views also make the trip well worth it. Here are the best wineries in and around Auckland and some great options of where to take Mum for a special day out.
Give Mum All The Sweet Treats
Mum’s have always treated us to their baking and sweet goodies over the years and so it is only fitting to mention a few exceptional sweet options to share with your special lady this Mother’s Day—we know they will make her day.
You can always rely on The Caker to deliver a special occasion cake inspired by whatever or whoever it is that needs celebrating. For Mother’s Day, you can buy a limited edition Mother’s Day Breakfast In Bed Cake. The Blueberry Cinnamon Pancake-Cake is inspired by the all-time favourite breakfast in bed. It is loaded with blueberries and cinnamon, iced with a maple syrup cream cheese icing and decorated with meringue crumble, rose petals, violet sugar and freeze-dried blueberries. They also offer free flowers on any cake ordered for Mother’s Day to add to the already beautifully decorated cakes.
Amy’s Secret Kitchen
Sisters Amy and Charlotte are the clever pair behind some of Auckland’s most beautiful bespoke cakes. Often working with gold leaf-adorned doughnuts, decorative meringues and edible flowers, Amy’s Secret Kitchen is a winning choice when trying to find that something special. They have created a Mother’s Day menu which offers the perfect sweet treat to share with your Mum to make her day. The Mother’s Day cake is deliciously layered with silky smooth, creamy icing and decorated delicately with textured buttercream flavours and luscious sprinkles. There is also Mother’s Day mini delights and a Mother’s Day cookie jar, all for a limited time and all absolutely winning choices.
Hello and Cookie
You can’t go wrong with cookies; they are always a crowd pleaser as far as edible gifts go. But taking the simple cookie to a whole new level is Hello and Cookie. Not only do they deliver beautiful boxes of deliciously baked cookies to whoever you’d like to gift them to, but they customise the cookies with personal photos. That’s right, you can choose exactly the photos you would like on the cookies and they will create exactly that for you. In the Mother’s Day special boxes, you can choose three cookies to be printed with your photos on them, as well as another three which will be hand stamped with 'Happy Mother’s Day' text. The sweet cookies are a mix of gingerbread and shortbread and are a unique and thoughtful way to make Mum feel extra special this Mother's Day.
Nothing says 'I love you Mum' like beautiful flowers and delicious cakes. Put the two together and you have found your dream Mother’s Day gift. Wild Poppies combine incredible floristry with edible treats and other gift additions such as candles and books to create the ultimate gift bundles. For Mother’s Day, they have put together special options of amazing bouquets of flowers that pair with a box of cupcakes or other sweet treats. The lilac luxury cake combo is a perfect pick for sending to Mum which includes a lilac soft posy of gorgeous pastel flowers, a box of petal cupcakes and a bottle of Soho Harry Rose–and with delivery right through the weekend, Wild Poppies are almost making it too easy.
Send Her Some Mother's Day Flowers
If you're not able to be with mum in person this Mother's Day, why not send her some flowers? Whether it's roses or tulips, lilies or orchids they'll light up her life and home. Here is our round-up of the best places for flower delivery in Auckland.
Image Credit: Lydia Arnold at Harbourside