Mother’s Day weekend is a special time to show appreciation for your mother or mother figure and thank them for all the contributions they have made in your life. We have compiled some ideas to help you make the most of this weekend in Auckland and to ensure that your Mum is the central focus.
1. A Peachy Keen Mother’s Day at MOTAT
MOTAT Museum will take you back to the 1950s with everything from the music to the outfits. Enjoy vintage stalls, fashion shows, and everything to bring you back to the good ol’ days.
Adults – $16. Children – $8.
2. Mother’s Day High Tea buffet in Aria Restaurant at Crowne Plaza Auckland
Come and treat the special mother in your family to a relaxed and intimate Mother’s Day High Tea in Aria Restaurant. Spoil your loved one with a sumptuous buffet style high tea including a glass of Deutz sparkling on arrival for Mum.
$40 per adult – $50 including bubbles. $20 per child aged 12 and under.
3. Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk
Show mum you care by getting active this Mother’s Day. The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk is the perfect way to take some time out. Support the Heart Foundation whilst spending some quality family time together. The 5km walk is ideal for women of all ages and fitness levels.
4. New Zealand International Comedy Festival
Treat her to an evening of laughs with the New Zealand Comedy Festival. Join the hilarity of famous New Zealand comedians on this special weekend. Comedians performing during Mother’s Day weekend include Ed Byrne, Tim Batt, Chris Martin, and many others. To see the full festival schedule book online.
Let mum indulge in something she really wants with a few glorious hours of pampering with a spa treatment from Bliss Reflexology. Book her in for a luxurious massage where she will emerge feeling relaxed, loved and appreciated. If you are staying in house all Crowne Plaza Auckland receive an exclusive 20% discount on all Bliss treatments. Visit their website to book or purchase a gift voucher.
6. Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market.
Get back to your country roots with the Clevedon Village Farmers’ Market. The market takes place every Sunday morning and boasts over 50 stalls ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to pastries, international cart food and even pet food. Browse the many stalls and delight in the scents and sounds of the market atmosphere. Pick up something delicious for breakfast and take home quality organic produce. The market is often home to entertainment such as pony rides and buskers adding to the rural village setting. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious lunch made from fresh local produce at the renowned Clevedon Café.
7. Day trip to Waiheke
Even as the weather becomes cooler, a day trip to Waiheke Island is a great Mother’s Day outing. Spend the day wine tasting at the many vineyards and enjoy tasting the fresh food prepared in the accompanying restaurants. Take the ferry across from Auckland and experience stunning views on board. Perhaps try an outdoor activity such as mountain biking or hiking or, if the weather takes a turn for the worse, head to an art gallery or the historical village instead.
8. Handmade Chocolates
You can never go wrong with chocolate! Devonport Chocolates is a boutique chocolate maker and retailer that features handmade chocolates made from quality ingredients. From the tried and tested to the weird and wonderful, it is a chocolate lovers dream. Take the ferry across to Devonport from Central Auckland to visit them and watch the chocolate being made from behind a window. Whilst in Devonport make sure to also wander around the quaint little shops which sell gorgeous homewares, jewellery and clothing.
9. Dinner in the City
Dinner in the city is always a winner! No matter your taste or budget, you are guaranteed to find fantastic cuisine and an inviting atmosphere. Auckland is home to a diverse range of cultures which are showcased through the many dining offerings. If you are after a unique dining experience with wide range of food choices why not try the Elliott Stables? Choose a table at the ‘Village Common’ and enjoy browsing through the restaurant menus. Alternatively, visit the Aria Restaurant and Bar in Crowne Plaza Auckland which is offering free dessert for all mums!
10. Brunch at St Heliers Bay Café
For a relaxed morning out, treat mum to brunch at St Heliers Bay Café & Bistro. Recently awarded the Supreme Winner of Metro Eats 50 Best Cafes in Auckland 2013 you will be able to experience for yourself the service and food that led to this. Wander down the beach while you wait for a table, and then dine in a restaurant with spectacular sea views. Simple and understated the food quality and atmosphere are the hero. After brunch enjoy the seaside village feel of St Heliers and experience that holiday feeling!