Mother’s Day feasts fit for the queen in your family

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, so if you need a bit of inspo for treating Mum in Rotorua, check out these options, from high tea to wine tasting and more.


Breakfast buffet at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside


If Mum’s an early riser, a great breakfast buffet awaits at Atlas Café & Restaurant at Novotel. A light, bright dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows provides just the kind of views you need to start your day: Lake Rotorua, the Village Green and the newly expanded playground. Go ahead and indulge, then take Mum for a stroll along the newly refurbished boardwalk.
 
When: Daily, 6-10.30am
Bookings: Not required
 

Brunch with a view at Pātaka Kai


Nothing better than a good ole, relaxing Sunday brunch, right? Well, Pātaka Kai takes it even further. Not only is their world-famous buffet back and still beautifully infused with native ingredients such as horopito, kawakawa, watercress and Akaroa salmon, but dining here is always enhanced with views of the erupting of Pōhutu Geyser in the near distance. Dining at Pātaka Kai does not require paying an entry fee to the geothermal park, but why not also spoil Mum and treat her to experience this special place!
 
When: Sundays, 10am-2pm
Bookings: Highly recommended
 

All you can eat breakfast or brunch at Barrel & Co.

Indulge in a heartwarming celebration with an exquisite brunch spread at Barrel & Co. at Pullman Rotorua. Enjoy a culinary journey of flavors, from savory delights to sweet temptations, all crafted with love.

When: Sunday, 12 May, 6.30am-1.30pm
Bookings: Essential
 

High tea at Duke’s Bar & Restaurant


We can thank Anna Stanhope, seventh Duchess of Bedford, for her clever plan to prevent becoming hangry. The story goes that in the early 19th century, Queen Victoria’s court took dinner around 7 or 8pm. The duchess would often find herself hungry well before then as lunch was served midday, so she began requesting a small meal with a pot of tea late each afternoon. Thus, high tea was borne.
 
If your mum is a bit regal, why not indulge likewise? There’s hardly a better place to enjoy this centuries-old tradition than at the historic, 125-year-old Duke’s at Prince’s Gate Hotel. While their signature high tea is served daily, Mother's Day offers a unique version and a glass of bubbles for Mum.
 
Bookings: Essential
 

High tea at The Regent Room


Treating Mum to high tea at The Regent Room at Regent of Rotorua boutique hotel will knock her socks off. If she loves a fancy place with crisp, white linens, black accents and a bit of glam, this is her jam. Speaking of jam, be sure to try the homemade scones with jam and cream that accompany the selection of sandwiches, savouries, and other baked goods. If the weather is fine, don your sun hats and check if there’s a poolside table in the courtyard to enjoy.
 
When: Daily, 12-4pm
Bookings: Essential
 

Take a gondola to Stratosfare Restaurant and Bar

Here’s another buffet option and it’s a doozy! Plus, getting there is half the magic.
 
Stratosfare's Gondola + Lunch package offers a sweet treat for Mother’s Day that includes a round-trip scenic route up Mt Ngongotahā via the Skyline Gondola – which is, in its own merits, a Rotorua must-do. The panoramic views over Rotorua and its namesake lake are simply beautiful.
 
The all-you-can-eat buffet is stacked with freshly prepared and cooked-to-order dishes that highlight locally sourced seafood, meat and produce. On Mother's Day, the package also includes a glass of bubbles or orange juice upon arrival. 

When: Sunday, 12 May, 10.30am-1.45pm (lunch) and 5-7.30pm (dinner)
Bookings: Essential
 

Tasty wine tasting at Volcanic Hills Winery


If you’re on your way to Stratosfare, you may as well make Rotorua’s only winery your first stop once you disembark the Gondola. You can call in for a casual glass or two before dinner and enjoy the same epic views over the city. Hint: capture a special moment by snapping a cheeky selfie with your darling mum!
 
If you have more time up your sleeves, we highly suggest scheduling a wine tasting and let vintner Brent Park help you discover your favourites. In his eyes, it’s all about the individual’s taste buds and he loves to help everyone find a type they’ll enjoy; it’s not what the latest influencers are preaching about. He’s a true character, too, so you’ll spend as much time laughing as you will tasting. If you’re not dining at Stratosfare, order a platter of nibbles to accompany your tasting.
 
When: Daily, 11am - 6pm
Bookings: Recommended
 

What’s Mother’s Day without flowers and gifts?


If you’d like to really spoil Mum with an extra treat – and doesn’t she deserve it? – you can hardly go wrong with a bouquet of flowers. In in the city centre, you have Kānuka Boutique Florist and Juniper Art + Home creating amazing floral arrangements. They’re works of art! Best to pre-order yours as these folks get crazy busy.
 
If Mum’s on the current houseplant craze, one of the best places to shop is just a bit north of the city, in Ngongotahā Village. The ladies at Curiosity Blooms are plant-mad and have a great selection to choose from, as well as loads of other gorgeous gifts Mum would love.
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