Mother’s Day High Tea
Celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday 12 May at 1pm with an exquisite Royal High Tea at Moraine Lodge.

EVENT DETAILS

Live the life of a royal by making Moraine Lodge your own this Mother’s Day.

Immerse yourself in the timeless elegance of our Royal High Tea, envisioned by our Culinary Director, Corey Hume, and complemented with the expert execution of delicious bites by our Pastry Chef, Jennie. A low or no sugar approach to patisserie showcases the produce grown on-site and local delicacies, allowing the full flavour of our products to shine.

This unique offering is served on a luxurious three-tier stand designed for two to share. Delight in a symphony of flavours, from the exquisite Strawberry creation with Valrhona Strawberry chocolate to the decadent cherry delicacy and the tantalizing ‘inverted’ lemon meringue pie, providing a delightful balance of sweet and sour. Smoked Longfin Eel and beef carpaccio tartlets add a savoury touch, while the whipped goat cheese with honey and edible flowers provide a whimsical twist. The symphony of flavours is accompanied by warm scones, homemade raspberry jam and whipped mascarpone. Each person will receive a complimentary glass of New Zealand sparkling wine and choice of tea or coffee classics.

Moraine Lodge stands as a beacon of luxury in New Zealand. It offers a refined ambiance with its travertine floors, grand fireplace, and opulent chandelier. Treat yourself and your special someone to a genteel experience reminiscent of a bygone era.

Dietary requirements:

Gluten-free and vegetarian requirements can be accommodated with advance notice upon booking. Some items may contain gelatin. Unfortunately, vegan and dairy-free options are not available.

Cost:

The cost per person is $125.

Time:

1pm at Moraine Lodge.

Gift vouchers and booking:

If you can’t join us on Mother’s Day, enquire about a Royal High Tea Gift Voucher for a later indulgence. For vouchers, add-on packages, please email reservations@mtcookretreat.nz or call +64 21 2201 431.

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Mother’s Day High Tea

Mother’s Day High Tea

Celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday 12 May at 1pm with an exquisite Royal High Tea at Moraine Lodge.

Royal High Tea

Royal High Tea

Indulge in timeless elegance at Moraine Lodge. Immerse yourself in a world of exquisite pastries and delicious tea, served in a luxury setting with beautiful views. This experience includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

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Amazing retreat. My wife and I stayed at this fabulous lodge and it turned out be one of the best places we have ever stayed in the world. The proprietors, Kaye and Luke, were fantastic. The views and facilities were stunning. Food and wine was magnificent. Service was excellent. This is a must-visit place in the South Island of New Zealand. Incredible views of Mount Cook. Cannot say enough about this special place.

Rory