High Tea Auckland


High Teas -  for special celebrations - Mother's day, Baby showers, Hens Parties, birthdays. We offer a choice of either a French Ritz-style  silver served  or English Devonshire buffet menus.

Please note that because WE ARE NOT an event centre, entertainment facility nor a public Restaurant although we have our in-house chefs, we are able to  ORGANISE something really special  and made to order for you on the day.

Please contact us with your numbers. Gloria - info@cotterhouse.com



We are delighted to host your very special occasion:   We are a very exclusive private Retreat and we do gorgeous High teas... (High end....). 

At Cotter House, you are not seated in a huge restaurant space surrounded by tables and people =  we are different:  we offer you the exclusive use of your own dining room.  Except for Mother's Day, where we organise 4 tables of 6,  we do not sit groups together.

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The way we operate:

Currently, Within the format we offer - a special deal for 4-6 people -  we normally operate quite simply, offering the exclusive use of our  2 dining rooms (one for 4 people, the other for 6, max 8 people)  already set up.   We are happy to accept  high tea bookings in between our guest departures (check-out midday-1pm) and arrivals (check-in 3-5pm).  We always offer High tea to our guests  which is why we can accommodate occasional  third parties.

Our High tea PROPOSALS: exclusive of Gst.

Bookings indispensable: For formal confirmation:  Email  full contact details. Credit card details required to formalise booking

Dates:  Weekends available - During the week, subject to availability.

Times:  2pm - 4pm, or 3pm - 5pm

Style:   Our high teas are very lavish and substantial

  1. French "Ritz-style" High tea. 4-courses very formal Silver served. 2 hot entrees + 2 desserts
  2. English Devonshire High tea - less formal - buffet style with tiered-platters (dainty club sandwiches, scones,cup cakes, petit fours)

Numbers: minimum 4 people, max 6-8 people. We always have 2 dining rooms ready.   We can do larger groups,  on a "Made to Order" basis - up to 20-40 in the Ballroom. Per person cost depends on style selected

Cost: from Nov. 1 through the summer, to 30 May2015

French $49+ gst per person
English:   $44 + gst per person

Beverages:  Selection of Teas - Our Signature blend of Colombian and Italian Coffee

We set up the ballroom  for your special event, with lavish settings (china, silver, Mother of Pearl cutlery) tables (different configurations) choice of chairs  (Tiffany gold chairs) or  chair covers with gold or silver bows,  table linen - black on white, or as preferred: Also additional staff as required (ratio: 1 to 8 people) .

Special set-up :

We create high teas on a very special basis to keep them very affordable: we only charge a very small token fee  to host a large group, and it covers  ONLY rental of Tiffany/Charivari gold chairs we bring in, not staff set-up, cleaning and knockdown, nor laundry charges ,  tables and tablecloths, crockery, silver. (Ballroom Hourly rate normally $375 per hour)

  • 10-15 people - SPECIAL:  $110  + gst  - we can extend the time  (additional staff time might be required).

FOR very large numbers, we have prepared  a new pricing schedule for summer 2014-15: we offer the exclusive use of the house at a very special price (not a  proper venue cost , but instead a contribution to hire).   We can block the venue for half a day (4-6 hours including set-up and knock down). 


  • 15-20 people - charge is $160 + gst 
  • 20-30 people - charge is $295 + gst
  • 30-40 people - charge is $490 + gst
  • 40-50  people - special  $750 + gst

Staff:  (ratio of 1:8 people)  for duration. (In charge of Champagne bar, and High tea coffee  service).

  • Flat service fee $75 per staff (max 2.5 to 3 hours) .  Required: 2 staff for 15 people, 3 staff for 20 people, etc...

Other Beverages:

We offer the best cellar in Auckland with choice of Champagnes. Our high teas are perfectly suited for special celebrations. 

Our High tea DOES NOT include Bubbles. 

  • We offer  a choice of Champagnes:  French from $130 per bottle, or a  Premium NZ Bubbles at a cost of $45 + gst per bottle (1 bottle will serve 5 people).
  • Soft drinks:  Pitcher of Orange juice from $17 +  gst
  • served on arrival, while you wait for your guests.

French “Ritz-style” High tea menu:

2 Savouries - entree size

  • Coquilles St. Jacques Sauce Mornay (scallops in a Mornay Sauce) in a pastry shell.
  • Goat cheese and Port onion jam in puff pastry

2 Sweets: Dessert and Tiered platter of Petit Fours with selection

  • CHOICE OF:  Keffir Lime and Lemon grass Panacotta, served with a choice of Rose syrup or Passionfruit syrup, or mini cheese cakes with a Rhum and caramel sauce. We can make on special request, Cremes Brulees..
  • Platter of Petits Fours (2 types). 
  • Scones optional.

Choice of  special teas and  Our signature blend of Colombian and Italian coffee.

Dietary requirements:  We can accommodate, on request, special dietary requirements, including Gluten free options. For the French High tea:  We can prepare a vegetarian option for people who do not eat shellfish/ scallops, such as Spinach and Feta turnovers.

English High tea menu - served in tiered platters and lovely silver

Selection of dainty club sandwiches: choice of 3 types

  • Tuna and cucumber,
  • Asparagus rolls - in season
  • Chicken rolls
  • Ham and cheese
  • Roast beef, or Salami and egg
  • Salmon and cream cheese

Platter of Signature Petit Fours: choose 3

  • Mini pecan pies
  •     Lemon Honey and grape tartlets
  • Passion fruit tartlets
  • Apple and almond filo mini pies
  • Meringues, stuffed with cream and berry fruit
  • Petits Choux filled with creme Anglaise


We serve Petit fours and cup cakes on gold tiered platters, as centre pieces: 2 types

  • Vanilla
  • Chocolate

Scones served with cream and jams.

Choice of teas (special teas) and freshly brewed coffee.

Additional Menu Options:

English High tea cost with additional menu items is $49 + gst per person, with one item

English or French high teas :  additional $4 per person per additional item.

SAVOURY OPTIONS: Vegetarian options

  • Creme and Goat cheese mini pastries topped with Port onion jam (V)
  • Spanakopitas filled with spinach and feta (V)

Choice of a large cake

  • large Apple Strudel served with Creme Fraiche
  • Lemon , almond and Yoghurt cake

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Our Ballroom allows us to create special events.

We can set up large square tables for 10-12, or Round tables for 8 people each for up to 40 people, or trestle tables for 6 people each, for 18 people.


We can organise flowers for you: quote on request, or  we use Petit fours and cup cakes served on gold tiered platters, as centre pieces.

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