Complement your wedding journey with exciting experiences perfect for lively hen’s and stag dos, and your more refined events like bridal showers or kitchen teas.
For the ultimate girl’s day, the Twisted High Tea at Bellini is in order. Bellini are your cocktail specialists and, with a stunning view of the harbour and city, it’s the perfect setting for spoiling your taste buds. Offering several different options depending on your beverage preferences, the Refined High Tea includes two hot beverages – check out the range of certified organic teas from New Zealand’s own Zealong. The Mixologist’s High Tea has the addition of two cocktail teasers from Bellini’s delicious selection, while the Bubbly High Tea includes two hot beverages and three glasses of bubbles or cocktail teasers! Each high tea option includes the same mouth-watering array of sweet and savoury treats. Devour mini salads, tartlets, filo bites and more from the mouth-watering savoury selection. High tea just wouldn’t be complete with warm and fluffy scones, the traditional and raisin varieties are served with cream and Bellini’s own strawberry jam. Round out your tea with sweet treats; from fruit-based desserts like the classic lemon tart to the equateur chocolate marquis for the chocolate lovers. A Bellini High Tea makes for the perfect day with your girlfriends.
Bellini has even more to offer with their cocktail experiences – perfect for varying levels of cocktail knowledge and an ideal night out for that special bachelor or bachelorette celebration. The base Cocktail Class experience begins with a peach Bellini, the bar’s namesake. From there your group chooses three of a selection of iconic cocktails to learn all about. Once you’ve learnt the tricks of the trade, it’s time to show off your new skills behind the bar as everyone mixes up their own preferred cocktail to complete the 90-minute class. Of course, it wouldn’t be a party without an antipasto tasting platter with breads, dips and more selected by the chef. Flexibility is of course possible with mocktail version available along with an upgrade to platter options (like a cheese board) and even an extra cocktail or two.
More experienced cocktail connoisseurs can head straight to Bellini’s Mixology Masterclass where the lesson begins perfectly with your pick from the various fruity flavours on their Bellini menu. The two-hour class also includes your choice of delicious platter. Your master mixologist will help you explore and understand three of the main cocktail flavour profiles: from dry, fruity and fresh to sour and tangy or sweet, creamy and rich. Your group will suggest their favourite cocktails that fit these categories and have a chance to test your taste buds after the bartender has whipped them up. It doesn’t stop there as you and your guests now have the opportunity to design your own custom cocktails according to your favourite flavours, from ingredients, to garnish and presentation. You’ll leave the class a cocktail expert, with your own recipe to continue to create your ultimate cocktail for you and your loved ones.
It’s not just cocktails that the Hilton can teach you about, but sustainably sourced sashimi too. FISH Restaurant’s top chefs combine traditional Japanese seafood with Executive Chef Wallace Mua’s Pacific roots. Learn everything you need to know about sashimi, from history to filleting, the best flavour combinations to plating. Ask your chef everything you need or want to know as you complete your own sashimi entrée creation. Your 45-minute class begins the perfect night out for that hen or stag do, or even a pre-wedding date night. Included in the price is a delicious main and a delectable dessert as a great finishing touch to your amazing lesson.
All of these experiences and more are available from Hilton Auckland who make wedding planning and the lead up events a breeze with their multitude of options and flexibility including unlimited access to a dedicated wedding co-ordinator throughout your wedding planning journey. Get in touch with the Hilton team when you’re ready for the ultimate pre-wedding celebration.