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The Best High Tea In Christchurch

Elegant High Tea Experiences

There's nothing quite like an elegant afternoon of delectable petite fours, mini gourmet sandwiches, tasty handcrafted savouries topped off with a cup of hot tea, or champagne in some cases. Round up your gals and pals and get fancy with the best high tea locations in Ōtautahi Christchurch.

Majestic At Mayfair

Think high tea and then add bubbles! Majestic at Mayfair has found a match made in heaven you just have to try. Picture tiny little bite-sized goodies, and as well as tea, you can add on a glass of bubbles. Now that's our kind of high tea! We can't possibly choose the best treat, from the mini burgers to the swan desserts. This offering is available every Saturday and Sunday between 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Majestic at The Mayfair Hotel 

Majestic at Mayfair

The Crowne Plaza

The high tea at Crowne Plaza in Christchurch is a delightful experience. Their contemporary twist on a traditional high tea menu features sweet and savoury tiers, with freshly baked scones, assorted macarons, mini sandwiches and vegetable wraps. They also offer endless tea selections, and the option to add a glass of champagne. It's the perfect way to indulge in the finer things in life with friends or family. Available daily between 12-2pm (bookings must be made with a minimum of 24hrs notice). 

Crowne Plaza, Christchurch 

High Tea at the Crowne Plaza


The George

High tea at The George is a luxurious experience not to be missed. This iconic hotel offers high tea featuring an impressive selection of teas, finger sandwiches, scones, and delectable desserts. The elegant atmosphere and impeccable service create the perfect ambience for a special occasion or a leisurely afternoon with friends. Available 12-3pm daily in a variety of the hotel venues (bookings to be made with hotel reception).

The George Christchurch 

High Tea at the George

Penny Black Victorian Tearoom

Found in the unique environment of The Tannery, Penny Black is reminiscent of a bygone era. Evoking Victorian England across a range of high teas fit for a queen. Absorb the tasteful décor, finest specialty tea and fresh locally roasted coffee, enjoying the first-class personalised service from the Master of the House. Available daily (bookings must be made with a minimum of 48 hours' notice).

Shop 37, The Tannery


Mona Vale Homestead And Restaurant

High tea at its finest in the elegant heritage setting of Mona Vale. Only minutes from the city, sit back, relax and enjoy an eight-piece high tea overlooking perfectly manicured gardens. Enjoy treats such as the Mexican petite lamb pie and the raspberry and matcha panna cotta to name just a few. Compliment your high tea selection with a cup of tea, coffee or bubbles. Available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am-3pm and Thursday to Sunday from 9am-5pm (bookings must be made in advance).

40 Mona Vale Avenue, Fendalton

Midnight Shanghai

Spend an afternoon with friends at Midnight Shanghai and enjoy high tea with bottomless tea included. Think prawn and shallot mousse tarts and candied orange cranberry petite fours.  You can even go all out and add cocktails to spice things up. Served Friday to Sunday from 1pm-4pm (bookings are essential).

Midnight Shanghai, Riverside Market

The Tea Rooms

Situated in the heart of the city, Christchurch institution Ballantynes is where you’ll find a classic gourmet high tea experience. The bright-pink floral wallpaper contrasted with crisp black and white decor form the perfect backdrop for the ol’ Instagram feed. Get ready for an afternoon full of delicious bite-sized goodies, a decent cuppa finished with a spot of shopping! Available Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.

Ballantynes, City Mall

High Tea Ballantynes