Finding a good wedding venue can sometimes be a little tricky yet it’s probably the 1st thing you will have to think about as a newly engaged couple. You want a venue that can accommodate your guests and fits within your budget but also something that reflects both your personalities, something unique and beautiful to capture one of the best day of your life.
Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of stunning pasture-land in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is is the perfect blend of spacious privacy, exceptional food and wine which makes it a one of New Zealand’s finest lodges and an ideal wedding location.
If you are seeking a highly spiritual connection to New Zealand land and heritage, the Farm offers a small ceremony on an ancient Pa site or perhaps their Great Lawn, perched cliff-high with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. You can also enjoy a playful time on their golf course designed by Tom Doak or treat yourself with a pampering time in their Spa.
Reconnect with mother nature in this exquisite lodge located in the middle of World’s Heritage Fiordland National Park and enjoy the spectacular blue lapping waters of Lake Te Anau and Mountains as a glorious backdrop for your ceremony. Whether you are looking for a quiet celebration or a wild and joyous ceremony, you will be seduced by the authentic atmosphere of Fiordland Lodge and it’s magnificent 30 feet stone fireplace, wonderful music and fine cuisine. Bonus Point: Helicopters can land directly in front of the Lodge and within minutes you can be having your wedding photos on snow capped mountains in an ever-changing scenery of alpine lakes, waterfalls and hanging valleys.
Whether you’re looking for a classic or vintage wedding, Stoneridge Estate offers an astonishingly gorgeous location in which to do your dream wedding come true. Ideally located only 15 minutes from Queenstown, Stoneridge Estate sits magnificently among 12 acres of picturesque gardens and vineyards, with stunning views across Lake Hayes and beyond to Coronet Peak, creating a splendid setting for your wedding.
Step back in time in the Hayes Room, completely created from reclaimed iron, giant hardwood beams, stone and slate and enjoy the striking view across the gardens full of lavenders, the Lake and the alpine peaks beyond. Mingle in front of the massive open fireplace enjoying full bar facilities or dance the night away to your favourite band.
Ever considered getting married in a vineyard? Wine connoisseur or not, you can enjoy the best views of Auckland and get transported into a completely different world in this striking venue located just 35min by ferry from Downtown Auckland. In addition to the spectacular sea views and mature formal gardens, Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant offers internationally recognised food and wine prepared by their worldwide acclaimed chefs. Your guests can enjoy an exquisite dinner overlooking Waiheke’s rolling vineyards and Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf. The restaurant has French doors that completely peel back and a roof that opens to the stars. A 1.5-metre Parisian vintage chandelier is suspended over the dance floor with its own open fireplace. Choosing Mudbrick Vineyard as a venue for your special day is the warranty that you and your guests will leave with a lifelong memory of your special day.
Bridgewater Country Estate is a tranquil garden haven situated in the middle of the tourist loop that runs from Auckland through the Kumeu wine district, on to Helensville and back down through to the rolling pastures of Albany. Bridgewater is a leisurely 35-minute drive from Auckland city on either the Northern or the North Western motorways. There you can find beautiful lily ponds, hydrangea walkways, a boardwalk through native bush, a swimming pool and an astroturf tennis court. Bridgewater will seduce you with it’s romantic, rustic and countryside feeling and it’s beautiful white chapel located in the middle of their superb gardens.
Old Forest School was built in the early 1930’s to serve as a school, gathering place and hub for a small (but thriving) rural community in Pongakawa. The school shut down in the 80’s but re-opened its door in the summer of 2013 to a community, quickly becoming a sort after and one-of-a-kind wedding venue. From the moment you enter Old Forest School, you’ll be captured by her idyllic seclusion, rustic buildings, rambling wild-spirited gardens, giant 80-year-old trees and open golden fields. There’s a choice of places for couples to say “I do”. You can choose from either the original schoolhouse or under the enormous Sycamore and Redwood trees (planted on a series of school arbour days more than 75 years ago).Old Forest School has 5 acres of prettiness and privacy, so there’s plenty of room to add your own special touches to your day.
Your special day needs to be one to remember, and by choosing The Tasting Shed for your wedding celebrations, you will ensure yourselves of a unique, one-of-a-kind venue. Because they only do a limited number of weddings per year, you can be assured that your wedding won’t be just another mass-produced event. Surrounded by vines, fine food and wine, The Tasting Shed offers a truly amazing rustic and romantic atmosphere for your wedding.
Located on the shore of the breathtakingly blue waters of Lake Taupo and framed by the Southern Alps sits the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd. Over the years The Church has captured the hearts of couples from all over the world and is a quaint and unassuming but enormously romantic venue for your New Zealand wedding. Built in 1935 as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie region, the Church has been home to thousands of weddings and has seen more than its fair share of visitors to its grounds. The Church sits literally only metre’s from the shores of the turquoise coloured, glacier-fed Lake Tekapo and a large panoramic window behind the altar is deliberately clear to allow uninterrupted lake and mountain views.
Old St Paul’s is a fine example of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and materials. Constructed entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass windows. Intimate, welcoming, elegant and tranquil, Old St Paul’s is just a few minutes stroll from Wellington railway station, the central business district and its amenities.
Set amongst the grapevines, with stunning views of the Ruahine and Kaweka ranges and the setting sun, the unswerving attention to detail and luxurious décor make this a stunning Hawke’s Bay landmark. The Old Church opens on to a sun-filled Conservatory, which in turn opens out onto The Courtyard Garden and Bar. Three complementary spaces can be used exclusively for weddings of up to 175 guests. The Old Church is a mix of glamour and warmth, of high style and unexpected details and offers unique blend of nostalgia and chic indulgence, perfect for any wedding reception.
Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour and nestled beneath native Pohutukawa trees, The Wharf is a truly exceptional venue. Breathtaking views of Auckland skyline and harbour during the day and a ribbon of twinkling city lights across the entire horizon at night, provide the perfect backdrop for you and your guests to enjoy in this incredible location. A world-class venue, The Wharf serves the best fresh seasonal produce, creating innovative cuisine for formal banquets and cocktail style receptions.
The Bay of Islands in Northland is the worlds ultimate maritime playground where the intrinsic romanticism and emotional lure of water is an ever-changing backdrop to the worlds ultimate retreat… Eagles Nest. This luxurious property is set within a 75 acre estate atop its own private ridgeline overlooking the stunning Bay of Islands, providing an ideal location for an elegant and unique wedding day. Whether your plan is for a small, intimate wedding or a celebration for as many as 100 guests for a seated gala banquet, one or more of the five villas at the 70 acre Eagles Nest estate can be personally tailored exactly for you.
Located between the famous Manu Bay and Ngarunui Beach you will find Solscape Eco Retreat, tucked away off Wainui Road. Exchange vows while overlooking the Tasman Sea on Solscape’s picturesque front lawn or venture into the bush clearing in the Tipi Forest for an enchanting, quiet experience that will last a lifetime. Beautifully versatile, Solscape is Solscape is an all-in-one venue, offering various options for your ceremony, eco-friendly accommodation, catering from Solscape’s organic Conscious Kitchen and activities including surf lessons, yoga and massage. Your special day can be turned into an exclusive multi-day getaway for you and your guests.
Combining the old with the new, the Atrium Wintec represents the ideal venue for couples looking for a traditional yet contemporary wedding. Located in one of the city’s historic buildings and restored to the highest modern standards, it’s bound to impress. It now boasts stylish original exposed brick, stunning glass walls, adorned ceilings and antique wood finish making it a modern and adaptable space, ideal for weddings of 80 or more.
If you hanker for a small, intimate wedding in a striking location that will wow your guests, book the Redwoods Treehouse. Nestled amongst a redwood forest in the picturesque Warkworth region, 45 minutes north of Auckland, the Redwoods Treehouse is a truly spectacular venue. Getting marriedamong the treetops will certainly be an experience to remember. The Redwoods Treehouse is a stunning structure and will make a beautiful backdrop to your ceremony. The venue and neighbouring Warkworth area provide many great opportunities for beautiful wedding photographs.
If you’re looking for a wedding location that will make your day truly special, look no further than one of Auckland Museum‘s stunning wedding venues. With its striking neo-classical architecture and majestic columns, the Museum provides an elegant backdrop for your wedding ceremony and reception. Choose to hold your wedding in either the Event Centre with its magnificent views of the city and harbour, or in the marbled Grand Foyer with its dramatic doric columns and spectacular stained-glass lead-light ceiling soaring three floors above.
Escape the ordinary and create your perfect day immersed in the unique surroundings of Auckland Zoo. Auckland Zoo offers a diverse range of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for wedding ceremonies and receptions: imagine a summer barbecue with the lions, dining in the historic Old Elephant House or getting married in the iconic Band Rotunda. With its stunning lands capes and unrivalled venues, Auckland Zoo have all you need to make your event one your guests will be talking about for years to come.
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