May 03, 2024 8 min read

Are you dreaming of saying "I do" in one of the most breathtaking locations on Earth?

Look no further than New Zealand! From the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands to the majestic mountains of Wanaka, New Zealand offers a stunning backdrop for your special day. 

With over a decade of experience in creating dream wedding experiences, Wedding She Wrote is thrilled to share our top 10 recommendations for stunning wedding venues in New Zealand in 2024!

NZ Wedding Venues

Wedding venues


Guiding you to your dream wedding venue.

When we’re choosing a top wedding venue we always consider the bigger picture as much as the finer details. From the location of your ceremony to the design and feel of the venues, the view, your guests' overall experience, and even the accessibility of your wedding reception venue and nearby accommodations, we leave no stone unturned.

We understand that every element contributes to creating your dream wedding experience, and we are dedicated to ensuring every detail is perfect for your special day. 

Here are our Top 10 New Zealand Wedding Venues... Starting from the top of AotearoaBay of Islands to magical Middle Earth, and making our way down South to surreal Queenstown!


01. Eagles Nest, Russell, Bay of Islands

Perched atop its own private ridgeline with breathtaking views of the Bay of Islands, Eagles Nest offers luxury and elegance in a stunning natural setting. This multi-award-winning New Zealand luxury retreat is set within a 75-acre estate, blending seamlessly into the natural topography and foliage. 
Designed and furnished in an eclectic international contemporary style, Eagles Nest provides exclusive accommodation options perfect for an intimate and unforgettable wedding experience. Four of the five villas feature private heated horizon-edged pools, while all offer private jacuzzis, original artworks, home theatre systems, Ecostore amenities, and fully equipped gourmet kitchens. 
Whether you're planning an intimate affair or a lavish celebration for up to 50 guests, Eagles Nest offers tailor-made experiences where their stunning villas provide the perfect setting for your special day. 
If you want to show off New Zealand or truly experience Aotearoa, you can't go wrong with the Bay of Islands! It makes perfect sense that the Bay of Islands was one of the first regions in New Zealand settled by early Māori voyagers from Polynesia. It is simply beautiful. 

02. Bayly's Farm, Waitangi, Bay of Islands 

With 2000 acres of rolling farmland nestled alongside secluded bays and private golden sand beaches of the Bay of Islands, Bayly's Farm offers a uniquely stunning backdrop for your wedding day. 

Their reception marquee, crafted especially for weddings with a view, and their breathtaking elevated ceremony location, The Point, are just a few minutes' walk away, ensuring your special day is surrounded by natural beauty. As a semi-dry-hire venue, Bayly's Farm specialises in providing you with the beauty of a beachside wedding tailored and styled to your tastes and budget. 
We love that Bayly's Farm has taken the work out of needing to hire and set up a reception marquee, a task typically required in remote and beachfront locations such as this. Luckily, they take care of the functional elements such as the marquee, furniture, and lighting, allowing you to focus on creating unforgettable memories. 

03. Batch Winery, Waiheke Island

Batch is located at one of the best viewpoints on Waiheke Island overlooking Auckland City. They offer a multipurpose environment to give your perfect day the most romantic experience ever. Whether it’s a small, more intimate occasion or a large get-together with lots of friends and family, any way is possible. 
They say your special day should signify flawlessness, unity, and passion. Your event is just as important to them as it is to you. Their passion is captured in their state-of-the-art winery, creative cuisine, attentive service, and fantastic location just for you and your guests 
We particularly love The Hedge for an intimate wedding reception; minimum 20 - maximum 40 people. Where you can submerge yourself in nature for the day, sitting out in the open with panoramic views of Waiheke Island transporting you to your little world for the afternoon. Bliss! 
Experience the ultimate in luxury at Batch Winery on Waiheke Island. With its stunning vineyard setting and panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, this venue is perfect for couples looking for a unique and unforgettable wedding experience.

04. Lone Pine Estate, Riverhead, Auckland 

Lone Pine Estate stands as a beacon of sophistication, situated amidst the breathtaking countryside, this estate is a new jewel polished to perfection, ready to steal your breath away. 
As you step onto the grounds of Lone Pine Estate you'll discover a world where romance flourishes at every turn. From the charming 20-meter rotunda adorned with exquisite Florentine mosaics—an ideal setting for your ceremony—to the state-of-the-art open-air amphitheater, where your reception will become a story told for generations. 
Picture-perfect moments abound within the Marble Hall, its walls lined with the finest natural marble, providing an elegant backdrop for your reception. But it's not just the grandeur of the architecture that captivates; it's the meticulously manicured grounds, bursting with European-inspired garden features of the highest standard. Here, amidst this lush oasis, you and your guests will find yourselves surrounded by beauty at every turn, ensuring that every photo becomes a cherished memory. 
Lone Pine Estate is more than just a venue; it is an invitation to step into a world where romance, elegance, and natural beauty converge, creating a setting where love stories begin, and memories are made to last a lifetime. 

05. The McCallum Residence, Clevedon, Auckland

Established in a secluded setting, The McCallum Residence is a hidden gem that has long been a cherished family secret. Recently unveiled to guests, this splendid venue offers the opportunity to embark on an elegantly nostalgic journey through time. Set against the backdrop of a private beach, The McCallum Residence provides a truly magical setting for any special day. 
The venue offers a canvas waiting to be tailored to dreams. Whether envisioning an elegant, seated affair or a more relaxed atmosphere, the McCallum Residence's versatile event spaces can accommodate any wish. Guests can choose from the charming boat house for smaller and more intimate wedding receptions, opt to install a wedding tent or marquee, or alfresco— the choice is theirs. 
Based in the South of Auckland, with on-site accommodation, a beachfront ceremony location, reception location options, and plenty photo opportunities, The McCallum Residence offers unparalleled flexibility and beauty for any special occasion. 

Wedding Venues

Wedding Venues New Zealand

06. Tree Church, Ōhaupo, Waikato

Step into a fairytale at Tree Church in the Waikato—a magical oasis nestled near the heart of middle earth. A peaceful and pretty church made from trees blooms in a stunning and expansive garden, offering a truly unique and enchanting setting for your special day. 
With an atmosphere that allows for countless places for guests to enjoy, meet, mingle and share memories that will last a lifetime, this location is not only unique and beautiful but also incredibly charming. Perfect for elopements and weddings of up to 100 people, Tree Church is a dreamy location straight out of a fairytale book.  

 Wedding Venues


07. Orua Beach House, Hahei, Whitianga

Discover the beauty of the Coromandel Peninsula at Orua Beach House in Hahei, Whitianga—a hidden gem waiting to make your wedding dreams come true. This venue is perfect for couples looking for a romantic and intimate wedding by the sea. 
Perched along the stunning coastline, Orua Beach House offers a private beachfront setting with breathtaking ocean views, creating an atmosphere of romance and tranquility that is simply unparalleled. 
With its charming beach house and lush surroundings, Orua Beach House provides an intimate and picturesque backdrop for your special day. The venue boasts on-site accommodation for your nearest and dearest guests, comfortably hosting weddings of up to 170 guests. Its special clifftop ceremony location overlooks Hot Water Beach, offering a magical setting for your vows. 
Spectacular on a good day, magical on a rainy day, even on cloudy days, it feels like you're floating in the clouds—a truly enchanting experience. We highly recommend Orua Beach House as one of our all-time favorite New Zealand locations! With endless photo opportunities and a setting perfect for families and couples of all shapes and sizes, it is the ideal choice for an unforgettable New Zealand wedding experience.


Wedding Venues

08. Orua Sea Grotto, Hahei, Whitianga

Introducing Orua Sea Grotto—a wedding venue as breathtaking as your love story! Nestled along the stunning Coromandel coast in Hahei, Whitianga, Orua Sea Grotto offers awe-inspiring views of the coastline and sea caves, setting the stage for an unforgettable wedding experience. 
Imagine saying "I do" with the sound of waves crashing against the rocks as your soundtrack. It's a truly magical setting that will leave you and your guests in awe. Owned by the same team behind Orua Beach House (Lifehack: Access this gem for free if you’re staying at Orua Beach House!), this venue is not just about stunning views; it's a blank canvas for your dream wedding. 
Whether you're planning an intimate elopement or a grand celebration, Orua Sea Grotto offers the perfect backdrop for a glamorous reception and a unique glamping experience. Make your New Zealand wedding dreams come true at Orua Sea Grotto—a one-of-a-kind venue that you and your guests will never forget. 

09. NZ High Country, Queenstown

If you're on the hunt for an awe-inspiring wedding venue in Queenstown, look no further than NZ High Country. Picture your dream wedding: a spectacular celebration set against the backdrop of Queenstown's breathtaking landscapes. NZ High Country turns that dream into reality. Discover this Panoramic Paradise! 
Nestled among Queenstown’s rolling hills, NZ High Country offers a selection of carefully curated spaces designed to bring your wedding vision to life, whether you're planning an extravagant celebration or an intimate gathering. With jaw-dropping views of Lake Wakatipu, Coronet Peak, Lake Johnson, and the Remarkables Mountain Range, NZ High Country is a photographer's dream and a bride's paradise. 
From the moment you arrive, you'll be captivated by the beauty of New Zealand's natural landscapes. Choose from a range of meticulously maintained spaces, each offering its own unique charm and showcasing the stunning natural surroundings that make Queenstown so special. Your panoramic paradise awaits at NZ High Country

Wedding venues Queenstown


10. Rippon Hall, Wānaka

Positioned atop Rippon Hill, Rippon Hall and its surrounding outdoor spaces offer a truly spectacular setting for outdoor weddings. Couples exchange vows in a natural amphitheatre with breathtaking views of the vineyard, Lake Wānaka, and the majestic Southern Alps as their backdrop. This outdoor ceremony location is immensely popular for its unrivaled beauty and charm. 
Following the ceremony, some couples choose to continue the celebrations in the amphitheatre with toasts, canapés, and lawn games, while others opt to move up the hill to the comforts of the world-class hall.Rippon Hall is ideal for small to mid-sized receptions, with a capacity to comfortably seat 75-85 guests. The hall offers a striking wet-weather option for indoor ceremonies and makes for the perfect dance floor to kick off the shoes and dance the night away. The picture window at the lake end of the hall provides year-round views, while a large open fireplace keeps the room cozy even on the coldest winter days. 
Included in the venue hire is a fixed canopy adjacent to the main hall, connected by two sets of tri-fold doors, capable of accommodating up to 210 guests for a seated dinner. With the hire packages, there is flexibility to adjust guest numbers and wet-weather options as needed.Rippon Hall is a dry-hire venue, providing couples with the perfect blank canvas to design their dream wedding. Let your love story unfold in this magical setting. 


These 10 wedding venues in New Zealand offer the perfect combination of natural beauty, luxury, and romance, making them the ideal choice for couples looking for an unforgettable wedding experience.

Whether you're dreaming of a beachside ceremony, a vineyard wedding, or a mountain retreat, New Zealand has the perfect venue to make your dreams come true. 


Garden wedding venues

Let Us Make Your Dream Wedding a Reality! 

At Wedding She Wrote, we specialise in creating dream destination wedding experiences across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Our team of expert wedding designers and planners can help bring your vision to life at any of these stunning wedding venues or beyond.

From intimate elopements to grand celebrations, we will work closely with you to create a wedding day that exceeds your wildest dreams. Go on, start the process. Contact us today to start planning the wedding of your dreams!

Teuila Benioni
Teuila Benioni

Founder & Creative Director

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Love & Marriage

5 Game-Changing Revelations from a Decade of Wedding Wizardry
5 Game-Changing Revelations from a Decade of Wedding Wizardry

April 12, 2024 3 min read

Attention all lovebirds, boss babes, and aspiring entrepreneurs—get ready to dive into the exhilarating world of weddings and entrepreneurship! From pandemic pivots to diversity delights, buckle up for a wild ride as we share five electrifying insights that will ignite your passion and inspire your entrepreneurial journey.
Read More
Fiji's Ultimate Water Adventures: Curated by Wedding She Wrote for Your Dream Wedding Experience
Fiji's Ultimate Water Adventures: Curated by Wedding She Wrote for Your Dream Wedding Experience

April 06, 2024 4 min read

At Wedding She Wrote we understand that your wedding day marks the beginning of your greatest adventure together. That's why we've meticulously selected a lineup of Fiji's most extraordinary water activities, each is handpicked to elevate your dream wedding experience to unparalleled heights. 
Read More
Embracing Destiny: The Heart and Soul Behind Wedding She Wrote
Embracing Destiny: The Heart and Soul Behind Wedding She Wrote

April 01, 2024 2 min read

In the world of weddings, where dreams are spun into reality and love stories are celebrated, there exists a guiding force fuelled by passion, purpose, and profound gratitude. Welcome to Wedding She Wrote, where each event is crafted with love and dedication, reflecting the essence of a journey inspired by deeply personal reasons, shared by Founder & Creative Director, Teuila Benioni Bourke.

Read More