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15 Wonderful Wedding Venues In New Zealand

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh

Weddings

Looking for the perfect spot to tie the knot?

COVID-19 may interrupt our plans for the foreseeable future, but one thing is for sure, it ain´t stopping the endless engagements. So if you´ve just got engaged, postponed a wedding, are planning a wedding, or you´re just a dreamer waiting for the right man or woman – Secret Auckland have got you covered! Indeed, we have located an array of incredible wedding venues in New Zealand for the most unique experience. You can be all about love or all about the glitz and glamour, there are plenty of amazing places on our list for all budgets. In no particular order, check out 15 of most spectacular wedding venues in New Zealand.

1. Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant

Mudbrick Vineyard
Photo Credit: Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant

Make your wedding a dreamy affair by selecting this picturesque New Zealand island location. Spectacular views, glorious wine and just 35 minutes on the ferry from downtown Auckland – what more could you ask for? Offering the most magical Italian-like vibes overlooking green hills, as well as Huruhi Bay on Waiheke Island. This venue can host hundreds of people outdoors in a scenic and secluded setting. Surely your big day will be a notable occasion if you select this venue? Oh, and let’s not forget about the remarkable sunset views available. Those are not to be missed!

📍 126 Church Bay Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand

2. Lake Wanaka

Wanaka offers some of the most stunning landscapes for an outdoor New Zealand wedding. Whatever your budget, choose between an array of affordable and luxurious packages. With so many diverse and beautiful ceremony options, it will be a tough decision. For instance, you could opt for a magical glacier wedding, a remote mountain wedding only accessible by helicopter, a picturesque lakeside or waterfall wedding, just to name a few. For more Wanaka wedding inspiration, and the full list of venues, visit the Lake Wanaka website.

📍 Wanaka, New Zealand

3. The Rippon Hall

If we had to narrow down a venue in Wanaka, this winery is one of our absolute favourites! Standing atop Rippon Hill, The Rippon Hall offers the most incredible views looking out onto the vines, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Hence why it is one of the most popular places to say “I do” in New Zealand. Whether you select an indoor or outdoor ceremony, both areas offer breathtaking experiences. After seeing the stunning pictures on The Ribbon Hall’s website, you´ll be left yearning to get hitched here.

📍 246 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand

4. Cordis Hotel 

Cordis Hotel Wedding
Photo Credit: Cordis Hotel

If you´re obsessed with Bridgerton, you will adore this magnificent wedding venue. With a little extra cash, you could be entering an elegant, lavish ballroom and saying “I do” in style. There are three venues to decide between, while the hotel caters up to 700 guests. For example, The Great Room presents a private entrance, a grand arrival and a huge pre-function room with welcome cocktails for your guests to lavish in. Alternatively, the Crystal Room package promises a smaller but still exquisite ceremony for a more intimate and romantic tone. Likewise, your guests will be treated terrifically with the most effective service while living an unforgettable experience. The unique debutant ball style wedding is totally in fashion, so why not? For more information, visit the Cordis Hotel website.

📍 83 Symonds Street, 2771, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand

5. Skyline Queenstown

For a once-in-a-lifetime wedding experience, get married high in the sky, overlooking Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown. It´s the perfect backdrop, both day and night, to celebrate your big day. The venue provides mouth-watering cuisine for all your guests to indulge in while admiring the iconic landscape.

📍 Brecon Street, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand

6. Zealandia

Zealandia
Photo Credit: Zealandia

If you’re seeking a small private ceremony or a big extravaganza, this is the perfect place to host your special day. Only accessible by boat and surrounded by nature, this picture-perfect wildlife refuge is a world-class wedding spot that offers memories that will last a lifetime. There are plenty of cool areas for your wedding photoshoots while your guests celebrate with bubbly and indulge in some delicious in-house catering canapés by the lake. There are plenty of affordable packages on offer which are designed specifically for each couple. For more information, head to the Visit Zealandia website.

📍 53 Waiapu Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand

7. Tie the knot in a hot air balloon

Now, big weddings aren´t for all of us! Hence why we thought a hot air balloon experience would provide the most memorable event possible with a small intimate gathering of your closest friends and family. With Sunrise Balloons you could say your vows while you fly over the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatpu and The Remarkables mountains. Afterward, have your wedding meal in a cute field. Perfect for a summer wedding! Yes it´s casual, but certainly extraordinary. For more information, visit the Ballooning NZ website.

📍 Queenstown, New Zealand 

8. Fiordland Lodge

This secludedm, award-winning venue serves delicious cuisine and the finest luxury in an ideal setting near Queenstown. Brides can delight in the authentic bridal lawn with magnificent lake and mountain views. For extra pride, you can rent a helicopter to take your wedding photos on snowy mountains, with scenes of waterfalls, valleys and alpine lakes. A day to remember for sure! Visit the Fiordland Lodge website for a spectacular wedding in New Zealand.

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📍 472 Te Anau, State Highway 94, Te Anau 9679, New Zealand

9. Dunedin Botanical Gardens 

Get hitched at this rare, budget-friendly garden of magic. Your ambitions for a garden wedding will grow after learning that this botanic garden is New Zealand´s first, holding a six star ranking under the Garden of International Significance. From the beautiful Cherry Walk to the Friendship Lawn, there are plenty of areas to pick between. If you´re careful, you could end up spending less than $5000 on the whole wedding, dress included. For more information, visit the Dunedin Botanic Garden website.

📍 Cnr &, Great King Street North, North Dunedin, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand

10. Boomrock Wellington

Boomrock Weddings
Photo Credit: Boomrock

Boomrock is arguably one of the most incredible wedding destinations in New Zealand. The cozy Boomrock Lodge is situated on a cliff edge soaring above the Tasman Sea with majestic views of the South Island. Opt to say “I do” in this jaw-dropping landscape, and prepare to have the most luxurious wedding. Select between an indoor or outdoor ceremony, but know that anything you choose will evoke a sense of comfort. Equally, from food to service, you can guarantee all your guests will be looked after exclusively. For more information, visit the Boomrock Weddings website.

📍 292 Boom Rock Road, Ohariu Valley, Wellington 6037, New Zealand

11. A boho beach wedding

There are so many stunning beaches to have a quirky bohemian style wedding like no other. Opt for a day ceremony in the scorching sun, sand between your toes, sun in the sky. You could even have your meal as night falls, surrounded by tea lights for the greatest experience. It´s so difficult to pinpoint one specific beach, but we recommend checking out Abel Tasman or Abel Tasman National Park. For accommodation, Kaiteri Beach Lodge aims to make your big day as special as possible.

📍 South Island 7183, New Zealand

12. The Tree Church

This diverse church composed of living trees in Ohaupo is a spellbinding place to say your vows. Afterwards, spill out onto a beautiful garden to mingle among your guests and enhance the moment. With a huge canapé area for wining and dining, a large lawn for activities, and food trucks at your disposal – this spot offers the most fun and a rare guest experience. Come on, how many of your friends have got married inside a tree? This unique New Zealand wedding spot is like no other around the world. For more information, visit the Tree Church website.

 📍 119 West Road, Ōhaupō 3881, New Zealand

13. Bay Of Many Coves

Forget Europe, this exotic 5-star spot offers the perfect dream seaside wedding. You´ll need a large budget to get married here as, although it is specifically for smaller weddings with a maximum capacity of 34 guests, a full buy out of the resort required. The setting is ideally suited to an intimate, romantic elopement providing exceptional sea views, and wonderful indoor and outdoor facilities. For more information, visit the Bay Of Many Coves website.

📍 Bay of Many Coves, 7372 Arthur’s Bay, New Zealand

14. Harpers Homestead

Harpers Homestead
Photo Credit: Harpers Homestead

Harpers Homestead is a compelling venue exhibiting a warm and intimate setting close to Christchurch. Choose to have the ceremony indoors or outdoors, both offering rich opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere where you can feel connected to your loved ones. With a fabulous backdrop for photoshoots, you´ll capture truly unique moments, both day and night. For more information, visit the Harpers Homestead website.

📍 53 Harpers Road, Swannanoa 7692, New Zealand

15. Boutique Barn

Wedding Spots
Photo Credit: Boutique Barn

The vintage Boutique Barn venue and grounds is one of the prettiest places to get married in New Zealand. Depending on the season, you can opt for an indoor or outdoor engagement. If you select the carefully preserved barn, you´ll tie the knot under enchanting sparkling chandeliers. Prepare for an intimate, rustic occasion in this rural backdrop. You won´t be left dissatisfied with the variety of budget-friendly packages. To see some marvellous photos or if you need more convincing, check out their Instagram page.

📍 165 Bayer Road, Puhoi 0873, New Zealand

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