The Best Mother's Day Ideas in Wellington

Last updated 7th November 2023

Are you ready to make this Mother's Day in Wellington, New Zealand, one for the books? Whether you're a local or visiting this beautiful city, we've got a fantastic lineup of activities and present ideas to make your mum's day extra special.

From creative paint and sip adventures to thoughtful gifts, we've got you covered with these Mother's day ideas. 

1 - Paintvine Paint and Sip Party

Whisk mum away to a super fun paint and sip event! Unleash mum's inner artist in iconic Wellington bars and restaurants. No artistic skills required – just bring your enthusiasm. Paintvine events are all about the art of bonding and creating cherished memories in a fun, unique way.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $39 - $57

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2 - Botanic Garden Stroll

Explore the Wellington Botanic Gardens, where you can take leisurely walks, have a picnic, and enjoy the beautiful flora. Don't forget to snap some photos!

💰 Approx. cost per person: Free

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3 - Cable Car Ride

When was the last time you took mum on a cable car ride? Hop on the Wellington cable car for a scenic ride with breathtaking views of the city. Don't forget to explore the Cable Car Museum at the top!

💰 Approx. cost per person: $6 - $26

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4 - Experience a Mystery Family Picnic

Embark on a mystery Mother's Day adventure by deciphering specially crafted clues and riddles that will lead you on a delightful quest to gather your gourmet picnic treats one by one. Each solved clue brings you closer to your next picnic surprise and the enchanting final picnic destination.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $25 - $95

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5 - Explore Nature at Zealandia

Get ready for an exciting Mother's Day adventure, experiencing rare wildlife like tuatara, giant wētā, and the kererū with expert guides leading the way. Spice it up even more with thrilling night tours, perfect for spotting creatures like cave wētā, ruru, and the elusive little spotted kiwi. Or if you want some alone time with mum, you can grab a map for a self-guided tour.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $22 - $125

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6 - Scenic Harbour Cruise

Gather the entire family for a boat charter, treating mum to a day on the water! Sweet Georgia is your go-to for all occasions, ensuring every moment aboard is a moment to remember. Featuring a fully licensed bar and comprehensive catering services, it's bound to be an unforgettable day.

💰 Approx. cost per person: POA

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7 - Get Your Glam On at Dragvine

Treat your mum to a hilarious night at Dragvine, Wellington's only paint and drag show. Your Drag Queen host will guide you through the painting for the eventing, along with games and performances. It's a unique and unforgettable way to celebrate!

💰 Approx. cost per person: $57

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8 - Movie Night

Take mum to the movies at one of Wellington's fabulous cinemas. Whether your mum's into blockbusters or indie films, there's something for everyone.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $10 - $30

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9 - Treat Mum to a High Tea

Make this Mother's Day special by indulging in a High Tea experience at Martha's Pantry. Every treat is carefully crafted by talented bakers, beautifully displayed on classic High Tea stands, and served with vintage crockery and cutlery for an unforgettable experience.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $45 - $55

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10 - Wellington Harbour Helicopter Flight

Get ready for a thrilling adventure this Mother's Day with a quick but exhilarating scenic flight that offers a whole new take on the capital city! Glide along the shores of Wellington Harbour, soak in breathtaking sights of Zealandia, Matiu/Somes Island, and Cook Strait, and catch a glimpse of iconic landmarks such as Te Papa and the Beehive.

💰 Approx. cost per person: $270

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10 Unique Mother's Day Present Ideas

Searching for the perfect gift idea to make your Mum's Mother's Day extra special? We've got you covered with these 10 creative gift ideas:

  1. Personalised Jewellery: Gift your mum a piece of jewellery with her name or a special message engraved on it. It's a keepsake she'll cherish.

  2. Spa Day Voucher: Treat her to a spa day where she can relax, get pampered, and rejuvenate.

  3. Customized Recipe Book: Compile family recipes and create a beautifully designed recipe book that she can use and pass down.

  4. Handmade Crafts: Get creative and make a unique, handmade gift like a knitted scarf, photo album, or scented candles.

  5. Plant a Tree: Consider planting a tree in her name or adopting one for her. It's a gift that keeps on growing.

  6. Personalized Photo Calendar: Create a calendar filled with cherished family photos to brighten her days throughout the year.

  7. Cook Her Favourite Meal: Plan a special meal at home and cook her favourite dishes. It's a thoughtful gesture that shows your love.

  8. Subscription Box: Gift her a subscription to something she loves, whether it's books, beauty products, or gourmet treats.

  9. Customized Fragrance: Create a unique perfume or scented oil blend just for her. Every time she wears it, she'll be reminded of your thoughtfulness.

  10. Give the Gift of Time: Plan a day out together, such as a visiting Te Papa, coffee and cake and one of Wellington's delectable cafes, a walk on the waterfront or a shopping trip.

What Can I Do to Make Mother's Day Special?

To make Mother's Day truly special, it's all about personal touches. Write her a heartfelt letter, spend quality time together, and show your appreciation with gestures, big or small. Remember, it's the thought and love that count the most.

How Can I Make My Mother's Day Special on a Budget?

Don't worry if you're on a budget, there are still plenty of ways to make Mother's Day special. Consider a homemade gift, a heartfelt message, or planning a day filled with free or low-cost activities like a picnic in the park or a movie night at home. It's the love and effort you put into it that truly matter.

Make Mother's Day in Wellington a Day to Remember 

So, there you have it - a bunch of fun activities and unique present ideas to make this Mother's Day in Wellington one to remember. Enjoy the special day with your mum and create beautiful memories that will last a lifetime!

Don't forget to consider coming along to a Paintvine paint and sip event, or booking a private event for a unique and creative Mother's Day experience. Get ready for a creative, fun Mother's Day and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Paint. Create. Laugh. Hydrate.

Paint. Create. Laugh. Hydrate.

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