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The Best Things To Do With Mum This Mother’s Day In Auckland 2022

By Kathryn Steane
5th May 2022

Someone tucks into a special mothers day afternoon tea at Park Hyatt.

We think you'll agree when we say that mums should be treated to nothing but the absolute best come Mother's Day, which if you didn't realise, is fast approaching on Sunday 8 May.

That said, we've taken it upon ourselves to suss out some of the most epic spots in Auckland to spoil the mama in your life this Mother's Day, whether that involves an over-the-top high tea in the city or an afternoon amongst the vines complete with pizza and sangria (say what now?).

Whatever option you choose, one thing's for sure: your mum's going to love you even more than she does already.

Esther At QT Auckland

Auckland Viaduct

QT Auckland's signature restaurant is pulling out all the stops this Mother's Day with a sumptuous, Mediterranean-style feast fit for a queen. Mum will enjoy three courses of Esther's most-loved dishes, including their famous puff bread and baked saganaki along with Bluff oysters in champagne mignonette for starters. Duck and porcini tortellini and pistachio-crusted Hawkes Bay lamb cutlets are on the menu for mains, followed by a top-secret dessert that promises 'tableside theatrics' (ooh la la). Of course, every mum deserves a cheeky tipple on Mother's Day so they have that sorted, too, with their prosecco and sorbet-laced Sorbetto Cocktail. $99 pp (children under 12, $49). Book here.

Ima Cuisine

Auckland CBD

We can't think of a better way to treat Mum this Mother's Day than with a meal at Ima Cuisine (a restaurant whose name literally means mother in Hebrew), prepared by its matriarch—Yael Shochat. Yael has put together a very special three-course dinner for Mother's Day Eve aka Saturday 7 May, featuring some of her fave childhood dishes from her upbringing in Haifa, Israel including fish kofta haraymeh (a vibrant Moroccan-style fish stew) and basbusa (a sweet, syrup-soaked semolina cake). Or if Mum's more the brekky type, Ima is also open for brunch on Mother's Day, with latkes (potato fritters) with house-cured smoked salmon and poached eggs, and blintz (pancakes) filled with vanilla orange ricotta cream just some of the mouthwatering goodness you can expect. Head along with Mum from 11:30 am, and they'll also have Middle Eastern platters and assorted tipples up for grabs. Book here.

Someone takes part in Handsy Pottery Workshops in Orewa.Handsy Pottery Workshops


Give Mum her very own Ghost moment this Mother's Day (minus Patrick Swayze, bless his soul) with a relaxing pottery class. Tish of Handsy Craft Kits, who has made a name for herself with her cool at-home craft kits delivered to your door, is hosting two workshops on Mother's Day from the amazing Studio Rūma in Orewa. Choose from a Cake & Clay class in the morning, where Mum will get to create her very own mugs, bowl or vase while munching on donuts and downing a hot drink from nearby Drifter Coffee (erm, yes please), or a Posy Vase class in the late afternoon, where Mum will get to make a posy of dried flowers as well as a cute clay vase to display it in. Whichever option you choose, know that Mum will leave here feeling super chill and with something spesh to cherish forever. $115pp. Book here.

SOUL Bar And Bistro

Auckland Viaduct

There's no way you can ever repay your Mum for all the tantrums, nappies, and tears she's dealt with since you came along (and don't even get us started on those horrendous teenage years) but we reckon a meal at SOUL is a good place to start. The Viaduct fave is hosting a glam Mother's Day lunch and dinner this year complete with their famously tasty fare (think burrata, prawn risotto and lime pavlova), and let's not forget the glass of Mumm Champagne on arrival. Throw waterfront views (and fingers crossed, some fine weather!) into the mix, and you might just find yourself in Mum's good books. $75pp, kids from $25. Book here.

Someone picks up a treat at Park Hyatt's special mother's day afternoon tea.Park Hyatt Auckland

Wynyard Quarter

All any Mum wants for Mother's Day is to sit back and relax—shove a glass of bubbles in her hand and some delicious food in the other (and perhaps some seaside views to go with), and she'll never be happier. Enter Park Hyatt Auckland, which is celebrating the leading lady in your life this Mother's Day with a number of delicious offerings. First up is afternoon tea at the Living Room—always a treat, but especially so on Mother's Day with five courses of complete and utter decadence prepared by award-winning pastry chef, Callum Liddicoat. We're talking lemon meringue and yuzu tarts, roasted carrot and brown butter crepes, and a caramel, banana and walnut roulade, washed down with Billecart Salmon Brut—all enjoyed while listening to music by Allenby Park. Plus, she'll get a li'l pressie to take home from Kingdom Candles. Available on both Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May, $135pp. The Park Hyatt's Onemata restaurant is also getting in on the act, with a three-course Mother's Day lunch Mum will adore prepared by head chef Rob Hope-Ede and again, Callum Liddicoat. Mum will be blissing out, big-time as she makes her way through a menu of chicken liver pate with kumara syrup, Coastal Spring lamb rump with roasted butternut, pumpkin pickle and crispy kale, and hazelnut, espresso and milk chocolate cake. $75pp. Book here.

Paintvine x Batch Winery

Waiheke Island

Does Mum like to think of herself as a female version of Bob Ross, only with hotter hair? Then she'll defo be down for a Paintvine sesh on Waiheke Island this Mother's Day. Hosted by the gorgeous Batch Winery (the island's highest vineyard), Mum will get to paint her very own bouquet of roses while taking in those world-class Waiheke views and perusing Batch's luscious brunch menu (plus a whole lotta top-notch vino). And if Mum likes the idea of painting, but doesn't have bucketloads of confidence, guess what? Like all of Paintvine's events, this one comes with a 'no experience necessary' disclaimer. $49pp. Book here.

Hilton Auckland

Auckland Viaduct

Oh, how we do like to dine beside the seaside... and we're pretty sure Mum does, too. So she's sure to be impressed with a spot at FISH Restaurant on Mother's Day which, FYI, is actually located 300 metres OUT to sea, not just next to it. This beautiful spot inside the Hilton Auckland is hosting both lunch and dinner, complete with a glass of Madame Bollinger bubbles and three courses of deliciousness created by the one-and-only Des Harris, plus a li'l something special from Honest Chocolat. $130pp (children under 12, $40). Alternatively, Mum might like to enjoy her meal with a side of opera, in which case Bellini (the Hilton's signature bar) should be your go-to. They're hosting a very special (and very indulgent) afternoon tea on Mother's Day featuring a glass of Mother and Daughter Marion Bosser Champagne Rosé on arrival, a spread of decadent sweet and savoury treats, and live operatic melodies to go with. $110pp. Book here and here respectively.

Stuck for gift ideas this Mother's Day? We have a list for that.

Image credit: Park Hyatt Auckland, Handsy Pottery & Park Hyatt Auckland.

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