Activities & Itineraries

High Tea, Restaurants & Events In Auckland This Mother’s Day 2018

By Albert Cho
4th May 2018

Where To Take Your Mum This Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year folks! The one day when you give back to your mum for all those times she has put up with your tantrums, mood swings and nagging. Let’s face it, they deserve to be treated like royalty at least ONE day out of the year. Take your mum out on a day that is aaaall about her and make her the happiest she can be. Let’s be real, happiness cannot be achieved to its full extent without some quality food and fun things to do. Luckily, eateries all around Auckland have hopped on it and incorporated treats and events exclusive to the mothers to make them feel extra special.

Here is a list on where to take your mum on Mother’s Day.

High Tea For Mother’s Day

Stamford Plaza High Tea

Auckland CBD

For all those mornings your mum got up bright and early to pack you a hearty sandwich for your school lunchbox even though she was fully aware that you’d only eat half before running to the playground. Show them a token of appreciation by taking them to the Stamford Plaza High Tea for the premium selection of savouries their Mother’s Day special has to offer. If the quiches, sandwiches, scones and rolls aren’t enough, there’s a buffet of desserts to sweeten up your mum’s day. We also all know how much mum’s love to talk, so why not let them chit chat away while sipping on some top class tea and feeling like absolute royalty.

Russian High Tea At The Vodka Room

Grey Lynn

If you already did the classic high tea last year, switch things up a bit and take them to the Russian High Tea hosted by The Vodka Room. Trade in the finger sandwiches and for something more fit for royalty like caviar and king crab. Russian High Tea is also perfect for the mother’s out there who enjoy something stronger than coffee and tea as The Vodka Room’s high tea selection is much more suited to prosecco and champagne. The sparkling chandelier, red velvet seats creates an ambience of opulence and will no doubt make your mum feel like she’s living her best and bougie life.

Restaurants For Mother’s Day

FISH Restaurant

Princes Wharf

Located at the luxurious Hilton Hotel on Princes Wharf, FISH Restaurant offers a seafood cuisine that does it fresher than any place in Auckland. The team have prepared a three-course menu for either lunch or dinner and is specialised for Mother’s Day by featuring the best of what’s in their kitchen. These include Australian black tiger shrimps, Big Glory Bay salmon, southern lamb, mushroom risotto and a whole lot more. The dessert features the most decadent chocolate mousse with cocoa crumble and is not to be missed. To book a table at FISH this Mother’s Day, click here.

One Tree Grill


This fine dining restaurant has earned a strong reputation amongst Aucklanders as one of the top eateries in Auckland. One Tree Grill serve up the best selections of European cuisine, especially renowned for their premium steak and the posh ambience makes the experience of dining at this restaurant something to remember. Our friends at One Tree Grill are recognising the mums out there by offering a Mother’s Day special set menu where you can choose between a two or three-course lunch or a three-course dinner. If you want to book your mum the ultimate session of wining and dining, click here.



With an innovative, unique and highly creative Japanese menu, Ebisu has become a favourite for Asian cuisine in Auckland. Usually only open for dinner on the weekends, Ebisu are opening their doors on Sunday as their little gift to the mums—bookings are essential! To treat the mums even more, Ebisu are giving our mums a complimentary glass of Perrier-Jouët and a special amuse-bouche on arrival. If you’re wondering what that fancy little word means, it’s a French word for “mouth amuser” to give us a peek of the food ahead. Click here to book a table for your mum.

The Grove Restaurant

Auckland CBD

As one of the best fine dining restaurants in Auckland, a day at The Grove is not something many of us can do on the regular and is considered an absolute treat. The Grove are spoiling the mums this year with their four-course Mother’s Day special tasting menu for lunch. The new head chef Scott Denning’s menu is inspired by the homely feel of a Sunday roast and will be giving back to all the mums who spent their last day of the week in the kitchen to cook their family a feast. Did we mention that Moët Imperial upon arrival was included? Click here to book an experience that your mum will love you for!



If you want to take your mum on a little bit of a retreat, 40 minutes away from bustling Auckland City is the stunning Simunovich Olive Estate and is also the home to Bracu Restaurant. The quaint and tranquil environment and breath-taking scenery will make your mum feel like she’s been taken on a full blown vacation. Bracu are offering a special four course lunch on Mother’s Day for you to spend some quality time with the quality food of this contemporary fine-dining restaurant. Click here to book a special time of indulgence while overlooking the beautiful estate.

Sen Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar

Mount Eden

Authentic Vietnamese cuisine which includes fresh summer rolls, tasty pho and hearty bánh mì paired with a sophisticated décor and fit out is the formula to a lovely Mother’s Day dinner. To reach the level of perfection, Sen Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar are giving a dessert for free to all the mums out there to finish their day off on a sweet, high note.

Yeah Bowl

Takapuna & Britomart

If you’re just wanting a quick fix in between hopping between stores or spent too much of your finances on the gift you just bought your mum, make a pit stop to Yeah Bowl as your mum is allowed to get a snack-sized bowl on the house! Yeah Bowl use only the freshest of ingredients to ensure their bowls of health taste amazing. These guys prove that just because food is served fast, quality and nutrition do not need to be sacrificed. So grab a bowl, fill up with some goodness and continue on with your jam packed day of shopping with your mum.

The Caker


Treat your mama with some cake! Not just any old cake, we’re talking about a creation by the cake master of Auckland, Jordan Rondel at The Caker. Always coming out with new flavours, the Caker team have released a Mother’s Day only, limited edition flavour that any mum would love. Lemon, rhubarb and rose cake topped with Turkish delight and decorated with beautiful flowers. A sweet treat and bouquet of flowers all in one, what more could you ask for?! Click here to order one of these babies.

Petal Cupcakes

Takapuna & Newmarket

If a chill day at home is the only thing your mum wants and your baking skills are not up to scratch, we’ve got just the thing for you. Be a classic Aucklander and gift your mum a Mother’s Day special gift box by our fave little cupcake store, Petal Cupcakes. These treats are adorable and the fondant heart that has “mum” written in the centre will win her over for sure. The flavours are chocolate hazelnut, double chocolate, lavender and honey, black Doris plum, raspberry and boysenberry and can be delivered right to your mum’s doorstep! Click here to order your mum one of these box of goodies.

Things To Do With Mum This Mother’s Day

Handmade For Mother At Heritage New Zealand

Mt Albert

Some mums don’t expect a day consisting of any fancy sessions of wining and dining or putting their pinky fingers up while sipping on tea. What they really want is to feel special on a genuine and personal level and Handmade For Mother is an event that promotes just that. Workshops are held on the 12th and the 13th for you to make something that your mum will treasure forever and the fact that it’s made by you will make it have so much more meaning than a store-bought card. Click here for more information.

Mother’s Day Cooking Workshop With Vanessa Baxter

Auckland CBD

Make up for all those times you left your mum get exhausted all by herself in the kitchen cooking the family by attending a workshop with Vanessa Baxter. You’ll get taught recipes that are Italian-inspired and absolutely delicious. It takes place on Saturday the 12th of May. This means that the Mother’s Day dinner the following day can be the ultimate test and opportunity to use your newfound cooking skills and cook a special dinner for your mum! Click here for more information.

A Peachy Keen Mother’s Day

Western Springs

Head on over to the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) to celebrate your mum for a day full of fashion shows, pamper parlours, ‘50s music, vintage cars and clothing stores! The whole event is 1950’s themed, so it’s a chance for your mum to relive her youth (or her mum’s youth) and get nostalgic. The event will consist of all the things mums tend to love and is the perfect thing to have on the agenda for a day of fun and entertainment. Click here for more information.

Charlie’s Best Comedy Show On Earth


Teach your mum how to make some jokes that can genuinely make you laugh at Charlie’s Best Comedy Show On Earth. Showcasing some of the hottest acts in this year’s Comedy Festival, there’s something for someone to chuckle at, for sure. Take your mum out for a nice dinner and end it with some giggles! If neither can get each other to laugh, why not pay someone to do it for you? Click here for more information.

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Image Credit: Stamford Plaza Auckland

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