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Venue Picks: Waiheke Island

Venue Picks: Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is such a hotspot for summer Weddings, and we see ourselves crossing the ditch most weekends to work at some of the many Venues on offer on the Island. We wanted to put together a small piece on the  venues we most frequently visit, have the most memorable experiences from, and those where we are preferred DJ suppliers.

MUDBRICK VINEYARD ESTATE

Located on stunning Waiheke Island Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant is the perfect ‘destination’ Wedding location. The most picturesque setting on Waiheke, Mudbrick is found nestled amongst manicured, aromatic Potager Gardens and acres of established vines. On arrival, guests will enjoy the breathtaking views across the Hauraki Gulf, while sipping Champagne, soaking up the atmosphere while eagerly awaiting the arrival of a beautiful bride. On any visit to Mudbrick you can expect to taste one of our Gold Medal award-winning wines and dine on World-class cuisine featuring freshly picked, seasonal produce straight from the Gardens. With Waiheke Island being just a 35 min ferry ride from Downtown Auckland, it’s so close, yet once your here you really do feel like a world away. 

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GOLDIE ESTATE

A stunning vineyard location paired with impeccable hospitality create the perfect venue for an unforgettable day. Goldie Estate is a beautiful private setting situated on 30 acres of rolling Grape vines, surrounded by native bush overlooking the coastal views of Putiki Bay on stunning Waiheke Island. With only a select number of boutique weddings each year, we specialise in all inclusive catering for up to 250 guests; offering a down to earth, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. With a choice of ceremony locations; a small rustic boat shed on our private beach, or 360 degree views from under our iconic hilltop Pohutukawa tree, Goldie Estate offers an array of unique and beautiful surroundings to celebrate your wedding day. We offer an elegant and stylish venue, fresh and abundant gourmet cuisine and a wonderful selection of internationally renowned Goldie wines, as well as full consultative services and professional, flexible and friendly staff. This is all located on a romantic island just a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland!

 

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BATCH WINERY

Thomas’s Bach at Batch Winery, Waiheke Island vineyard restaurant, has multiple spaces for group events and functions. Our spaces to enjoy wine and food experiences all have a backdrop of spectacular views from Coromandel to the Auckland CBD.

Enjoy long lunches to sunset dining, winery tours and tasting to special occasion celebrations.

Thomas’s Bach evolving spaces include The Dining Pavilion, The Veranda, The Green House and The Hedge. Spaces inside the state of the art winery include The Barrel Hall and The Tank Room.

THOMAS’S BACH FOOD & WINE DESTINATION

Arrive to a welcome glass of refreshing Fizz sparkling wine made at Batch Winery. Match the menu with the portfolio of Thomas Legacy, Thomas and Thomas’s Bach wines.

Quintessentially Waiheke, Thomas’s Bach chef creates seasonal dishes with fresh produce, house smoked dishes, and freshly baked breads. Dishes from the grill and contemporary updates on vintage dishes espousing the culture and memories of food enjoyed at an island bach (holiday home).

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PODERI CRISCI WINERY

CEREMONY OPTIONS:
Restaurant, Wine Cellar & Roof

MAIN RESTAURANT – SEATED 60, COCKTAIL 100
We can cater for up to 60 guests without additional marquees in our main restaurant area and can extent our capacity to 100 seated guests with marquees.

WINE CELLAR – SEATED OR COCKTAIL 70
We can cater for up to 50 seated guests in the cellar. If you would prefer a stand up mix & mingle cocktail wedding, we can cater for up to 70 guests in this space. Our beautiful wine cellar is a highly enjoyed Winter wedding option.

CELLAR ROOF – WE CATER UP TO 100 SEATED OR COCKTAIL GUESTS.
We specialise in catering for 30 to 100 guest seated, to date our largest wedding on the cellar roof was for 100 guest.

We recommend a 1:30pm start and recommend the guests to catch the 12pm if coming from the city. (We can organise transport, the ferry tickets if required & have a list of accommodation providers). Usually we allow 10 minutes to get everyone onto the transport so they should arrive around 1:15pm

Room / Marquee personalising should be completed the day prior or by 10am and arrival music needs to be in place by 12:00noon (allowing for hiccups). We have a list of florists, bands, DJs and sound system providers or we can organise this for you.

We recommend refreshments for guests on arrival and/ or Sangria prior to the ceremony.

Ceremony scheduled for 1:30 to 2pm, an average would place the ceremony to finish between 2 to 3pm.

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KAURI SPRINGS LODGE

With its lush subtropical garden setting, Kauri Springs Lodge is a stunning backdrop to create an unforgettable moment in time. Kauri Springs Lodge is nestled on stunning Waiheke Island – one of New Zealand’s premier wedding destinations. If you’re looking for an impressive and unique location for your special day, you’ve come to the right place. A short ferry ride from various Auckland ports, Kauri Springs Lodge is the perfect canvas to create a tranquil, cosy and intimate wedding.

Whether your dream wedding is a formal or informal affair, our indoor and outdoor spaces can host 60 guests to share in your momentous celebration.

Our venue consists of four private homes and a hire business. A wedding booking works like a self-catering holiday home (apart from on your reception day), with full kitchen facilities and equipment available for your use.

A beautiful venue

Kauri Springs Lodge is a charming venue designed with understated and rustic elegance in mind. This hidden gem is the perfect canvas to create a tranquil, cosy and intimate getaway for your wedding.

 

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Kristian James 40th BirthdaySaturday 10th December

DJ Jan was great, really happy with his willingness to listen to me, look at the prescribed list and then be flexible throughout the night.  Top effort and I’d recommend because he was open and a good guy.

Cheers, Kristian

Dean Partridge All Day WeddingThursday 8th September 2016

Jan was awesome. Was a pleasure to deal with, played great tunes and kept the dance floor cranking. Definitely made the wedding something special for us. Couldn’t ask or hope for anything more he really was just brilliant! Mudbrick was very impressed too.

Heather & Richard ChamberlainCastaways, Waiuku

Absolutely awesome. From beautiful ceremony music to getting the entire wedding party dancing (ages 14-80 on the dance floor all night!!), I could not have asked for a better DJ – and had so many guests comment about how great you were. Would not hesitate to book again for any future events, thanks for making our special day so perfect!!

AbbieWedding

Jan is an incredible DJ, a real master of his craft. He had the dance floor going off at our wedding! We’ve had so many comments from guests about how awesome the music was! We found Jan incredibly professional and responsive, he had no issue in understanding what we were after for our special day and went above and beyond in the lead-up and on the night! Would recommend in a heart beat, thanks again Jan!

StaceyOrganiser

We were lucky enough to have Jan DJ our wedding. He played an incredible variety of music which was exactly what we asked for and at no time were there less than 60 people dancing! I would recommend him for absolutely any event as he was super approachable, friendly and went the extra mile for us. I would also recommend the snapstand. The pictures are really clear and our guests had a blast with it!