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High Tea


Along with two Kiwi girls I enjoyed a memorable afternoon tea at The Savoy Hotel in London in the 1990's. The Savoy reopened on 10 October 2010 after a £220,000,000 makeover. Hotels might not be so grand in New Zealand but there are some lovely venues where you can experience the long tradition of high tea. Please note that unless otherwise stated, the price (subject to change) is per person, do book in advance. If you have any comments about high tea options listed, or suggestions of options to add, feel free to contact me or post your comments below. (Updated October 2017)

High Tea
High tea
High Tea

PS. Neither my waist line nor my wallet could handle sampling high tea at all of the venues listed. If there is a photograph of treats, I've dined, if there is a photograph of the venue, I've passed by. I've found a few high tea reviews on Trip Advisor, another review site is Zomato (formerly MenuMania). It was my intention to provide information only, however sometimes I have veered into review territory when I thought an experience warranted it.


What's New? Updated October 2017

North Island


High Tea in Auckland

Stamford Plaza, 22 - 26 Albert Street, city
High tea is served every day at Stamford Plaza between 11.30am and 4pm, from $42pp.

The Langham Hotel, 83 Symonds Street, city
The Langham Hotel serve Afternoon Tea (from $58) in Palm Court, note that prices increase in the weekend. See beautiful photos of Afternoon Tea at The Langham courtesy of High Tea Honeys.


Sky City, corner of Victoria and Federal Streets, city
High tea with a changing view is served in the revolving restaurant Orbit on Saturday and Sunday, 2.30pm - 3.30pm, $40. (Entry to the observation deck of the Sky Tower is included).


Cup & Saucer  Bluebells Cakery can cater for your next tea party, or you can have high tea at three of the Bluebells Cakery Cafes.


Hotel DeBrett, 2 High Street, city
Weekend high tea is served at Hotel DeBrett every Saturday and Sunday from 3-5pm, $55pp includes a glass of Cloudy Bay Pelorus. (Take a look inside a Classic Room at Hotel DeBrett via thecuriouskiwi/blog).


Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour, 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, city
Sofitel Auckland describe their afternoon tea as a 'tantalising tour de force', a Trip Advisor reviewer says '....it was just as good as The Ritz in Paris, infact better!' Traditional afternoon tea from $45pp, Champagne afternoon tea from $59pp. Bookings are essential and require 24 hours notice, minimum two.


Heritage Auckland, 35 Hobson Street, city
High tea at Heritage Auckland is served every day in Hectors Restaurant between 12 noon and 4pm, from $45 (there's also a vegan high tea option from $45). Select your choice of tea from the tea menu that includes unusual flavours like white peach, decaf hot cinnamon and pomegranate oolong. Twenty five food items were presented on a three tier stand, including lamingtons, chocolate coated strawberries and mini chocolate eclairs.

 
Heritage Hotel Restaurant
Heritage High Tea
Heritage High Tea

My pick of the plates was the mini lemon curd and fruit tart. Hectors Restaurant is less formal than I expected, it's relaxed and the atrium setting means its naturally lit and feels warm and spacious. (Photos taken at high tea in September 2012)


Bellini at Hilton Auckland, Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street, city
A Whiskey flight, and cocktail teasers can be included with high tea at Bellini. 48 hours notice is required for high tea which is served Thursday - Sunday from 12.30pm - 3.30pm, from $39pp.


Cup & Saucer  All About T, The Vintage Table and Glamour & Grace organise tea parties in your home or venue in Auckland.


Wintergarden Cafe, Kiosk Road, Auckland Domain
www.wintergardenpavillion.co.nz
High Tea is served on the first and third weekend of the month at Wintergarden Cafe between 10.30am and 3pm, $38pp or $48 with a glass of bubbles. Bookings are required with a minimum of two days notice.


Eden Garden, 24 Omana Avenue, Epsom
www.edengarden.co.nz
Three days advance notice with a minimum of two guests is required for high tea at Eden Garden. High tea is served every day from 10.30am - 2.30pm, $45pp including garden entry, gluten free or vegetarian option $50pp including garden entry.


Cornwall Park Bistro, Michael Horton Drive, Cornwall Park, Epsom
www.cornwallparkeateries.com
High tea at Cornwall Park Bistro includes some unusual dishes like mushroom and cabbage dumplings, yellowfin tuna, and duck and cucumber crepe. High tea is available seven days and costs either $40pp or $50pp including a flute of NV Cloudy Bay Pelorus, bookings essential.


Alberton, 100 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert
Alberton is a historic mansion dating back to 1863. Regular high tea isn't offered but tea parties may be held as part of the annual Auckland Heritage Festival. Alberton is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am - 4.30pm, it can be booked for weddings and special occasions.

Alberton
Heritage Festival Devonshire Tea
Alberton

Cup & Saucer  Shamrock Cottage and Howick Historical Village both host high tea as special events.

Peace and Plenty Inn

Peace and Plenty Inn, 6 Flagstaff Terrace, Devonport
www.peaceandplenty.co.nz
Peace and Plenty Inn hosts Victorian High Tea on Saturday and Sunday between 12 noon - 4pm, $45 adults, children under 10, $20. Fine china, vintage tablecloths and elegant silverware complement the 1880 heritage Victorian villa. Victorian dress is optional, hats welcome or you may like to choose one from Peace & Plenty's collection.




The Esplanade Hotel, 1 Victoria Road, Devonport
www.esplanadehotel.co.nz
The Esplanade Hotel in Devonport serves both Devonshire Tea and High Tea. Bookings are essential for high tea - $39 pp, or with bubbles $49pp. High Tea Dances are also held on occasion - see Special Events.


The Brigham Cafe, corner Brighams Creek & Sinton Road, Whenuapai
Quiche, savouries and brandy snaps are on the high tea menu, from $25 (minimum 4).


Cup & Saucer   High Tea at the Victorian Room by Jill Jones-Evans and Joe Gambacorta explains the traditions behind high tea and includes over 100 recipes.


Auckland's Waitakere Estate, 573 Scenic Drive, Waiatarua
www.waitakereestate.co.nz
Auckland's Waitakere Estate serves high tea on Saturday and Sunday, midday to 4pm. There is also a High Tea Weekend Escape Package that includes high tea, a three course dinner, breakfast and accommodation.

Fisher House

Fisher House, 117 Kerwyn Avenue, Highbrook
www.fisherhouse.co.nz
High Tea, Royal High Tea and Majestic High Tea are your choices at Fisher House, from $29. Kids High Tea is also offered from $14.50.


High Tea in Hamilton

The Olde Creamery, 317 Kaipaki Road, Ohaupo (12 minutes from Hamilton)
The Olde Creamery is in a rural setting and hosts high tea from $30pp. Bookings for high tea parties for little ladies most welcome, $15 for children under 10. I visited The Olde Creamery for a potted scone with jam and cream, and a pot of tea, I recommend it, particularly on a sunny day when you can sit in the garden. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am - 4pm (closed public holidays). (You can stay onsite at Rose Cottage B&B).


The Olde Creamery - potted scone and tea
The Old Creamery - high tea setting

Willowbrook Park Private Country Estate, 15 Vaile Road, Newstead, Hamilton
www.willowbrookpark.co.nz
Local Zealong tea is served with high tea at Willowbrook Park Private Country Estate. High tea from $35pp, bookings essential.

Zealong Tea Estate, 495 Gordonton Road (formerly listed as Camellia Tea House)
www.zealong.com
Signature High Tea is served at Zealong Tea Estate from $45. The high tea includes your choice of one of five Zealong teas grown onsite at New Zealand's only tea plantation. It's a high tea experience we recommend - High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate via thecuriouskiwi/blog. Zealong Tea Estate is open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Closed public holidays.

Signature High Tea at Zealong Tea Estate
Zealong Tea Estate
Tea at Zealong Tea Estate

Trinity Wharf High Tea

High Tea in Tauranga
Trinity Wharf, 51 Dive Crescent
www.trinitywharf.co.nz
Halo Restaurant at Trinity Wharf sits over the sea, so if weather permits it's lovely to dine outside. It was windy during our high tea visit so we sat inside with our three tier tray of treats. The macarons were especially good and we thought at $20pp including hot drinks the high tea was value for money. The restaurant was busy with birthday parties so the staff could have been forgiven for neglecting our table of two, but they returned to top up hot water and were cheerful despite the crowds. High tea is served from 2pm - 5pm, bookings essential.


Persimmon Lane Cakery and Coffee Shop, 58 Te Puna Road, Tauranga
www.persimmonlanecakes.co.nz
Truffles and little Devonshire scones are on the high tea menu at Persimmon Lane Cakery, from $35 (minimum 4).

High Tea in Rotorua

Distinction Rotorua, 390 Fenton Street
www.distinctionrotorua.co.nz
Traditional High Tea for two at Distinction Rotorua includes four club sandwiches, two sweet treats, two scones with jam and cream, and two hot drinks, at $12.50pp it's very good value. Sparkling high tea is also an option, $18.50pp. You've got a few choices in terms of seating - inside The Pavilion Restaurant, outside near the swimming pool or fernery. High tea is served daily 10am-4pm.

Pavilion Restaurant
High Tea Treats
Distinction Rotorua

Mokoia Restaurant at Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, 77 Robinson Avenue, Holdens Bay
www.mokoiarestaurant.co.nz
Swan choux pastry, lemon and coconut macaroons, and apple and hazelnut cake are part of High Tea at Mokoia Restaurant, from $25pp.


The Prince's Gate Boutique Hotel, 1057 Arawa Street
www.princesgate.co.nz
High Tea is served daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm in Memories Restaurant at Prince's Gate. Traditional High Tea from $29pp, Premium High Tea from $49.

Memories Restaurant
Princes Gate Lounge

Cup & Saucer    Two high tea options in Taupo - Bistro Lago at Hilton Lake Taupo serve high tea, and afternoon tea is served at Wairakei Resort.


High Tea in Whakapapa Village
Chateau Tongariro Hotel, State Highway 48, Whakapapa Village
www.chateau.co.nz
Enjoy high tea with a view at the grand old Chateau Tongariro Hotel. We think it's worth the detour for high tea if you're travelling through the central North Island, see High Tea at Chateau Tongariro via thecuriouskiwi/blog.

Chateau Tongariro High Tea
Chateau Tongariro

High Tea in New Plymouth
Novotel New Plymouth, 48 Hobson Street
High Tea 'Governors Style' is served on the last Sunday of the month at Governor's Eatery & Bar, from $29.


Oruawharo Homestead

High Tea in Hawkes Bay

Oruawharo Homestead, 379 Oruawharo Road, Takapau
You can take tea at Oruawharo Homestead just like the former owners Sydney and Sophia Johnston would have done in the late 1800's. Take a seat on the verandah, in the garden, the wood panelled dining room or elegant drawing room. (Oruawharo belongs to the Willing Workers on Organic Farms Association, work involves ongoing restoration of the homestead and grounds).



Cup & Saucer   The County Hotel in Napier hosts special event Premier High Tea.


Port'O'Call, 9 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri, Napier
www.portocall.co.nz
Port'O'Call is half design store, half cafe. I had a Devonshire cream tea ($9.90), but high tea and lunch are also on the menu. You can select your own china cup and saucer; and nice napkins, flowers and cute tea cosies make this a port'o'call for those who like something pretty with their tea. Open 7 days.

Port'O'Call
Port'O'Call Devonshire Tea
Port'O'Call


High Tea in Palmerston North

Petit Fours, 249 Cuba Street
www.petitfourspn.com
Petit Fours show their cup cakes and specialty cakes on Facebook, and can serve you Vintage High Tea Thursday - Saturday for $25pp.

Hotel Coachman, 140 Fitzherbert Avenue
www.coachman.co.nz
High Tea is served once a month in La Patio Cafe at Hotel Coachman, from $25pp.

Distinction Hotel, 175 Cuba Street
High Tea
Candyland High Tea sounds sweet and colourful and is available once a month at Distinction Hotel, $25pp includes a glass of bubbles.

High Tea in Wairarapa

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park, High Street, Masterton
www.millenniumhotels.co.nz
High tea is served in The Grill, choose Traditional High Tea or Bubbly High Tea, served daily from 2pm - 5pm, from $21.50. High tea for children is also available, from $11 (3-10 years).


High Tea in Paraparaumu Beach
Over the Teacups, 44 Seaview Road
www.mardeen.myob.net
I had to settle for looking through the window of the vintage themed tea and coffee house in Paraparaumu Beach as we were in town out of hours. You can book for high tea ($25pp) or visit anytime for Devonshire tea. High tea includes old fashioned treats like butterfly cakes, pikelets, mini lamingtons and savoury pinwheels. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9.30am - 3.30pm. (The photo on the left is the cafe interior, adult high tea is on the right in the second photo, and little ladies high tea ($15) is on the left).

Interior of Over the Teacups
Kids high tea on the left, Adults high tea on the right

High Tea in Wellington

Martha's Pantry, 276 Cuba Street
www.marthaspantry.co.nz
I'm a fan of 'pretty in pink' Martha's Pantry, I've been to Martha's for morning tea a few times and enjoyed tea in a china cup with scones, jam and cream. High tea for adults is served from $30 and children's high tea from $20. Special dietary requirements like gluten free and vegan are catered for at an extra $5pp.

Martha's Pantry
Martha's Pantry
Martha's Pantry

Cup & Saucer   If you live in Wellington and you're keen on high tea check out High Tea Honeys, they have a meet up group and organise ladylike events.

Logan Brown


Logan Brown, 192 Cuba Street
www.loganbrown.co.nz
Logan Brown serve high tea for groups of 8 or more on Fridays and Saturdays from 2.30pm. Classic High Tea ($35), Deluxe High Tea ($45), and Premium High Tea ($55) are your choices.


Cup & Saucer   If you like Devonshire Tea, Stonestead Devonshire Tea House in Upper Hutt comes highly recommended. The Gardens Cafe at Aston Norwood in Kaitoke also serves Devonshire Tea as well as High Tea.



InterContinental Wellington, 2 Grey Street
www.ihg.com
The Lobby Lounge is the venue for high tea at the InterContinental Wellington. Adults high tea from $39, kids under 12 from $19, under 4 - complimentary. High tea is available daily, see the website for times.


QT Museum Wellington, 90 Cable Street
www.qthotelsandresorts.com
High Tea at QT Museum Wellington is served in Hippopotamus and there are a few high tea choices including The Hip High Tea (includes a cocktail), and Elegant High Tea (includes a glass of bubbly). High tea is served Wednesday - Sunday from 2pm - 4.30pm.

Hippopotamus Bar
Hippopotamus
Hippopotamus Bar

Cup & Saucer   Ladies, A Plate - Traditional home baking by Alexa Johnston has recipes for popular afternoon tea treats like lamingtons, scones and butterfly cakes.


James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace
www.grandchancellorhotels.com
A chocolate dipped strawberry and mango cheesecake are on the high tea menu for adults at Whitby's Restaurant at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (from $28.50). Children get a chocolate strawberry at high tea too as well as lollipop cake with hundreds and thousands ($17 per child 12 and under).


Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture, 146 Featherston Street
louissergeant.co.nz
Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture is a lovely spot for a sweet treat in Wellington, see some beautiful photos on Instagram. You can book for high tea online.


South Island

High Tea in Nelson

Melrose House, 26 Brougham Street
www.melrosecafe.co.nz
Melrose House was built around 1879, in the mid 1940's it was used as a rest home for rural women, a place where they could rest away from the demands of country life. In 1973 the rest home was closed due to high maintenance costs. Thanks to the Melrose Society the interior of the house has been refurbished and maintained, Nelson City Council looks after the exterior of the property and gardens.

Melrose House Devonshire tea
Melrose House
Melrose House

Melrose House operates as a cafe and high tea can be accompanied by French Champagne. Sunday is a special day as antique tea sets decorate the tables. Melrose House is a grand old lady, take tea either inside, on the verandah, or on the lawn.


Warwick House, 64 Brougham Street
www.warwickhouse.co.nz
Warwick House is a B&B that also offers high tea for groups of 15 or more, usually a classic pianist can be arranged to play. We stayed at the B&B in November 2011, high tea is served in the ball room (photos below).

Warwick House
Warwick House ball room
Warwick House ball room

Cup & Saucer   Lynley Kayes is a Vintage Hire business in Nelson and it has the accessories you need to make your table beautiful.


High Tea in Christchurch

Terra Viva, corner Wairakei Road and Roydvale Avenue, Burnside
www.terraviva.co.nz
You'll find a garden centre, homeware store and cafe at Terra Viva. High tea is served every day in Terra Viva Cafe & Deli, from $28.50 pp (minimum two, bookings essential). Dementia Canterbury will receive $1 for every high tea ordered.

Christchurch Casino, 30 Victoria Street, city centre
High Tea
Spiced beetroot tart, lime mousse, and warm apple streusel tart are served for high tea in The Grand Cafe at Christchurch Casino. High tea is available Wednesday to Sunday from 12 noon - 4pm, members $25pp, non members $27.50pp. (Gluten free or dairy free options may be available on request, add $3.50pp).

Cup & Saucer   If you're looking for a gluten free, dairy free, or vegan high tea in Christchurch, Mona Vale Pantry can cater to your needs.


50 Bistro at The George Hotel, 50 Park Terrace, city centre
www.thegeorge.com
Linzer cookies and raspberry cupcakes are part of the high tea selection served at 50 Bistro at The George. High tea from $39, champagne option from $60.


Seven Cafe, corner Riccarton Road and Hansons Lane, Riccarton
www.sevencafe.co.nz
Groups of six or more can book for high tea at Seven Cafe from $20pp, add a glass of bubbles for $6.50pp.

Eliza's Manor Boutique Hotel, 82 Bealey Avenue
www.elizas.co.nz
Eliza's Manor can cater for high tea functions and children's high tea parties. High Tea from $40pp, Devonshire Tea from $15pp.

Blackcurrant at Berryfields, 161 Gardiners Road, Harewood
www.blackcurrantberryfields.co.nz
Blackcurrant at Berryfields have got you covered for all your morning tea, afternoon tea, and high tea needs. Devonshire Tea is $14pp, Tea and Cake is $14pp, Tea & Sandwiches $16pp, and Victorian High Tea is $28.50pp. All options can upgrade to espresso coffee for $1.


Cup & Saucer   Want to host your own tea party? The China Cabinet in Christchurch can supply you with the pretty things you need. Vintage Tea Party can do the catering.


High Tea in Ranfurly area

Clachanburn Garden, Patearoa, RD 4, Ranfurly
www.clachanburn.co.nz
Clachanburn garden is endorsed as a Garden of National Significance, the garden can be visited by appointment. Bookings can be made for Devonshire tea, high tea and lunch. (Accommodation is available at Clachanburn Garden Cottage).


Cup & Saucer   There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady


High Tea in Queenstown

Crowne Plaza, 93 Beach Street
High tea comes with lake views every day at threesixty restaurant at the Crowne Plaza in Queenstown. High tea is served from 2pm - 6pm and costs $28pp, $36 with a glass of bubbles.


High Tea in Dunedin

Larnach Castle, 145 Camp Road, Otago Peninsula
www.larnachcastle.co.nz
The Ballroom Cafe is the venue for high tea at Larnach Castle. A 24 hour advance booking for high tea is required. Note that you need to pay an entry fee for either the Castle, Gardens & Grounds ($31), or Gardens and Grounds only ($15.50) to dine at The Ballroom Cafe

Larnach Castle Ballroom
Larnach Castle Devonshire Tea

Larnach Castle

Cup & Saucer   A website visitor recommends Tasse Cafe in Dunedin for high tea. Carey's Bay Historic Hotel is another high tea option.


Comments to date: 17. Page 1 of 1.

Rachael

Thanks Kelda, they've got an informative and attractive website too, I've added a link in the Dunedin section.

Kelda

Great list! Just missing Tasse Cafe in Dunedin. Best high tea I've experienced (except for Savoy) in London!)

Julia Scanlon

Hi, sorry for not getting back quickly- High tea is actually served early evening- its the evening meal usually for the working class and would comprise either a hot meal followed by cakes, bread and jam, or cold cuts of meat.

Rachael

Hi Julia
I take your point, Sofitel and Camellia Tea House refer to afternoon tea and tiffin respectively, possibly acknowledging the difference. Although it seems high tea and afternoon tea are often used interchangeably, especially outside England.

julia Scanlon

Its afternoon tea, not high tea- high tea is a very different thing. It would be great if these places actually looked into the history behind what they are advertising

Rachael

Hi Wendy
Thanks, I think the inability to post urls is to help stop spam, but urls can be added manually - http://louissergeant.co.nz/

Wendy

Love your site but can't post urls here, check out Louis Sergeant on Featherston Sy Wellington for French high teas

Rachael

Hi Samantha,
You're welcome, it looks like you have lots of fun. Thanks for the recommendations, I had a look at the Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture Facebook page - wow and yum.

Samantha Bovey

Hi Rachael,
Thank you for including the High Tea Honeys here.
A couple of other Wellington places to visit would be Louis Sergeant Sweet Couture, Wellington and Stonestead Devonshire Tea, Upper Hutt. Both magical in their own unique way.

Tonya

Thank you for including All About T :)

Admin:  You're welcome.

Jennifer Sloots

Hi Rachael... You must have been at Tophouse in the last few months, as I only took over the business in october 2012. I recognise the plate and silver holder! Hope ypu enjoyed your experience there.

Admin:  Hi Jennifer, Yes, we visited late November. We really enjoyed ourselves - it was like stepping back in time. I wish I'd written down the name of your staff member, she was so hospitable and made the experience even better. We'll be back one day to have a drink in your little bar. Best wishes for your new venture - TopHouse is a gem. Rachael

Rachael

You're welcome Christina, I have sent you an email.

Christina Windram

Thank you for including Stafford Villa, I found your web site by accident and was very impressed with the selction of high Teas in New Zealand.Please when you are in Auckland come along to a Stafford Villa High Tea we would love to have you.

Rachael

Hi Catherine
Apologies for the delay in responding, thanks for your comments. I sent you an email but it was returned, if you stop by again, feel free to email me so I can re-send the email. Rachael@thecuriouskiwi

Catherine

Hi Im the reviewer you mentioned in your review of Rotorua's Princes Gate, the price came from a public holiday surcharge and I should have said two stands of food, but by the looks of it you had a better day than we did, as we certainly did not get 14 treats and grapes. I also took my husband and son, not a good idea. My objection was that the picture used in their web site was nothing like what was served, to their credit they have since changed this and now an actual picture of their tea app... read more »

Rachael

Thanks Gloria, I've really enjoyed putting the information together and experiencing the different venues and types of high tea offered. Enjoy the tasting trail, a good high tea is a real treat. If you'd like to, feel free to come back and comment on your experiences. Rachael @thecuriouskiwi

Gloria Poupard-Walbridge

What a wonderful selection of places to go - In Auckland alone a great choice! Passionate about high teas, will go on the "Tasting" trail and recommend the experience to everybody.

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