A Quintessential Indulgence

The InterContinental High Tea Experience

A Man And A Woman Sitting At A TableIt is said that Anna Russell, 7th Duchess of Bedford, invented Afternoon Tea in 1840. This was to satisfy her peckishness during the long wait between lunch and dinner. Join us in continuing this ritual – with a twist of InterContinental's creativity – with our elegant High Tea experience.

InterContinental Wellington presents the opportunity to enjoy the world's favourite afternoon gourmet experience in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of The Lobby Lounge. Known as one of the best high tea experiences in Wellington, this is a special indulgence to be savoured amid the elegance of our hotel and in the company of friends and loved ones.

High Tea by InterContinental Wellington is a truly memorable occasion for all afternoon tea connoisseurs. From handcrafted macarons to sensational sweet and savoury tartlets, indulge your taste palate in a truly decadent culinary experience.


$57 per person includes one premium T2 Tea selection or barista coffee
$64 per person includes a glass of bubbles
$72 per person includes a glass of Champagne

$35 for children under 12 years.

$54 per person High Tea to Go (boxed takeaway) learn more

Tea Selection, Barista-made Coffee and Hot Chocolate* (one tea or coffee included; more can be ordered upon request)


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for groups of any size

Mondays - Thursdays, groups of 8 or more

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WOW High Tea

Available from the 22nd of September through to the 8th of October, we are delighted to present our special World of WearableArt High Tea inspired by this year's bold WOW theme; Beyond - a journey to a futuristic world, and optionally served with our feature WOW Cocktail; 'Clairvoyance'. Discover an array of delicacies such as pistachio and milk chocolate macarons, Kurubota pork, Granny Smith, mustard and watercress sandwiches and goat's cheese profiteroles with walnut and honey.

$68 per person includes a tea or coffee on arrival and $75 per person also includes our WOW feature cocktail.

Bookings are available between 11:30am and 2:30pm daily, with groups of 8+ only Monday to Thursday. We take reservations for parties of any size from Friday to Sunday. 


For more information on our WOW dining options click here. To learn more about our WOW accomodation options, click here

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Festive High Tea

From November 17th to December 17th, immerse yourself in the spirit of the season with a wonderfully seasona; take on our luxurious traditional High Tea Experience. Indulge with fabulously festive treats including roast turkey & cranberry sandwiches, honey baked ham & feta quiche and Christmas pudding with brandy custard.

$79 per person includes Champagne, plus a tea or coffee on arrival.

Bookings are available between 11:30am and 2:30pm daily, with groups of 8+ only Monday to Thursday. We take reservations for parties of any size from Friday to Sunday. 

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Gift Vouchers

Looking for the perfect gift? Give a memorable experience to a loved one - for that special occasion, birthday, anniversary or any excuse to show your care and appreciation. 

Learn more about our range of High Tea Gift Vouchers at InterContinental Wellington.

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Our Curated Tea Selection

T2 is a world renowned tea institution often known for their creative and innovative take on the humble tea leaf. From leaf to cup, T2 Tea takes no shortcuts when it comes to delivering a top-quality drop time after time. Only the whole leaf is used and nothing but the leaf, as well as the best fruits, herbs and flowers they can find. Whole leaves with minimal breakage have retained their essential oils and flavour compounds. This means you get a brew with a complex flavour profile – from the first sip to the last, thus experiencing a multitude of flavour notes and subtle changes. Every single tea produced is tested for 450 different compounds and residues to ensure that what ends in your cup is the highest quality tea.

The High Tea Experience at InterContinental Wellington has curated a range of T2 Teas including: 

  • English Breakfast from Sri Lankan leaves
  • French Earl Grey with petals and notes of fruit with classic bergamot infusion
  • Darjeeling, producing a perfectly refined light, golden infusion for a great afternoon brew
  • Peppermint, from lush 100% certified organic leaves to produce a well-rounded, smooth and uplifting taste
  • China Jasmine, from a blend of green tea and jasmine to produce a delicate infusion with floral scents
  • And more herbal, floral and black tea infusions available on our High Tea Menu

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High Tea options include only one option of tea, barista-made coffee or hot chocolate. Additional items can be ordered upon request, priced and charged per unit.

Bookings for High Tea are required with a minimum 24 hour notice period.  We do not accept walk-ins. A credit card pre-authorisation is required for High Tea bookings and will be subject to the venue's cancellation policy. The pre-authorisation is not a pre-payment, so your final bill must be paid separately at the venue.

For urgent bookings and groups of 10 or more please call us directly. Bookings will be seated in The Lobby Lounge or InterContinental Wellington Restaurant dependent on group size. Any changes to group size must be advised 24 hours in advance. Any changes made within 24 hours of the booking, will require payment of the initial guest numbers. Please advise upon booking if you wish to bring additional decorations for a special occasion; certain restrictions may apply.

Please be informed that limited menus may be offered over festival and holiday  periods including, but not limited to, Wellington on a Plate, World of WearableArt, Christmas and New Year. Please email us for up to date information;  lobbylounge.wellington@ihg.com.

Please note split payments will not be accepted for High Tea Groups of 10 or more. 

Please note - we are unable to cater for certain dietary requirements.