Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant
Waiheke Island (40 minutes Ferry from Auckland) • 4.5 stars (408 reviews) • https://www.mudbrick.co.nz/
Mudbrick vineyard is a sprawling restaurant and function venue, nestled in the green hills of Waiheke Island. The ferry ride here is almost as scenic as the vineyard itself. The hills are filled with a Tuscan-like villa with enough space for hundreds of guests to look out over the beautiful Huruhi Bay. The venue is the perfect destination for your wedding as it would be impossible to forget the beautiful outlook as the sun goes down over this secluded, unique sanctuary.
Fiordland Lodge Te Anau
Queenstown (2hr drive from the airport) • 4.7 stars (42 reviews) • https://www.fiordlandlodge.co.nz/
Fiordland boasts an impressive rustic charm that is perfect for an alpine winter wedding. The country lodge is just about as secluded and private as you can get, with the exclusive retreat consisting of only 12 rooms. The venue itself can hold up to 100 wedding guests and is set on the hillcrest, 2 hours from the Queenstown airport. The New Zealand venue overlooks Lake Te Anau, while being surrounded the snow-covered tips of the Kepler mountain range. So if you’re looking for a secluded winter wonderland, look no further than the Fiordland Lodge.
Christchurch (15 minutes drive North) • 4.9 stars (19 reviews) • https://www.harpershomestead.nz/
Situated on the Waimakariri River, this beautifully renovated, rustic cottage is only 15 minutes north of Christchurch, New Zealand. Full of rich history, this homestead dates back to the 1860’s. Originally farmland, Harpers has now been trasnformed into 3 acres of a pristine, country landscape. Most couples getting married here opt for the exclusive package, which includes 2 nights of private use, with luxury accomodation for all guests. Very highly reviewed and recommended.
Crifel Station Woolshed
Wanaka (1.5 hour drive of Queenstown) • 5.0 stars (7 reviews) • https://www.criffelstationwoolshed.com/
The Crifel Station Woolshed is a self-described ‘high-country’, rustic venue situated atop elevated plains that overlook rolling plains as far as the eye can see. The venue was built on a 2000 hectare deer farm and featuring two spectacular sites for the ceremony or wedding. The venue features a stone hut, that overlooks the Clutha Basin, where the Woolshed is more fitting for indoor events or activities. One of the only venues with a perfect 5 star Google rating, so definitely give this incredibly unique New Zealand venue a look.
Christchurch (30 minutes drive south of CBD) • 4.7 stars (44 reviews) • https://waipunaestate.nz/
Remote, tranquil and quaint are the words that come to mind at the Waipuna Estate. Situated just 30 minutes from Christhchurch, this cute bed and breakfast is nestled in beautiful hills and native New Zealand bushland. It’s views are nothing less than spectacular with the venue overlooking rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Perfect for a variety of weddings, they have smaller, more intimate packages on offer, that include accomodation, spa and even helicopter rides. They also offer larger packages for more glamourous and grand occasions so be sure to reach out with them today as they can suit any wedding.
Old Forest School
Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty (40 minute drive from Tauranga, Rotorua and Whakatane) • 4.5 stars (39 reviews) • https://oldforestschool.co.nz/
One of our favourite venues on here, the Old Forest School is exactly as it sounds – a historic school shut down in the 80’s, now restored to its former glory. The buildings have all been restored while still keeping their original charm and beauty, and is really a sight to be seen. Barns, tin sheds and old wooden halls are just some of the landmarks of this fantastic wedding venue. Be sure to visit there website to see more photos as it will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time, and guarantees to make a night to remember for you and all your wedding guests.
Wellington • 4.4 stars (91 reviews) • http://www.theboatshedvenue.co.nz/
Located in the heart of Wellington, the iconic Boatshed is truly a one-of-a-kind venue. Right on the water, the steps from the venue literally step down the harbour, making for fantastic photo opportunities. Additional areas like the Rowing Club and Shed, can be hired out to allow for more space for your guests. This venue is perfect for those couples looking for an inner-city, historic venue that can hold a large number of guests (200-300). It also means all your guests can kick on and take on the Wellington nightlife afterwards.
The Rippon Hall
Wanaka • 5.0 stars (4 reviews) • https://www.theripponhall.co.nz/
With arguably the best view you can get for your big day, the Rippon Hall is a newly built venue which overlooks just about all your can ask for. With front row seats to the Rippon vineyard, Lake Wanaka, Ruby Island and finally, the Southern Alps, you can quickly see why it’s becoming one of the most sought after venues. The venue consists of a beautifully-crafted ampitheatre, hand built from stunning golden timber, built to be the perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. The venue can be set up for any kind of wedding and accomodates a large number of attendees due to it’s large grounds. Be sure to check out the photos on this one 😉
The Milk Station
Kapiti Coast ( 1hr north of Wellington) • 4.8 stars (33 reviews) • https://themilkstation.co.nz/
The Milk Station is a venue that screams class and prestige, while still holding onto it’s unique, quaint charm. With chandeliers, manicured lawns and beautiful sandstone columns, the venue has recently been restored to world-class standards. The venue features sprawlings lawns, 5-star accomadation, finishing kitchen and even a cigar room! The incredibly European feel, was apparently inpsired by the Paris railway station and each detail feels lavish, yet appropriate. The venue is located just a short drive north of Wellington on the Kapiti Coast and can host large weddings of up to 200 people.
Puhoi ( 1hr north of Auckland) • 4.9 stars (9 reviews) • http://www.boutiquebarn.co.nz/
If you’re after a small, intimate, rustic wedding venue, than look no further than the Boutique Barn. Situated less than an hour from Auckland this is perfect for couples looking for something smaller with a vintage feel. Accomodating smaller wedding parties of up to 50 guests, this quaint little venue packs a big punch. With aged barns, sparkling chandeliers, vintage furniture and even onsite accomodation – there is more to this small venue than meets the eye. Putting on a special day with friends, and the celebration of love, will come incredibly naturally at a venue like this.