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 over the holidays, postponed a wedding, are planning a wedding, or you’re just a dreamer waiting for the one – Secret have got you covered. Whether you’re all about the love or the glitz and glamour, we’ve located a selection of 16 incredible and unique wedding venues in New Zealand, for all budgets.
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. 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. Oh, and let’s not forget about the remarkable sunset views on offer.
📍 126 Church Bay Road, Waiheke Island 1971, New Zealand
2. Lake Wanaka
Wanaka offers 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
If we had to narrow down a venue in Wanaka, this winery is one of our absolute favourites. Atop a hill, this venue offers incredible views looking out onto the vines, Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps. Certainly, 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.
📍 246 Wanaka Mount Aspiring Road, Wanaka 9305, New Zealand
4. Cordis Hotel
Obsessed with Bridgerton? Then you’ll adore this magnificent debutant ball-style wedding venue. With a bigger budget, you could be entering an elegant, lavish ballroom and saying “I do” in style. The hotel can cater for up to 700 guests, and there are three venues to select between. For instance, The Great Room has a private entrance, a grand arrival and a huge pre-function room with welcome cocktails. Indeed, it will be an unforgettable experience. For more wedding package information, visit the Cordis Hotel website.
📍 83 Symonds Street, 2771, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
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
If you’re seeking a small private ceremony or a big extravaganza, this is the perfect place to host your special day no matter your budget. 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. 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 believe a hot air balloon experience would provide the most memorable event with a small intimate gathering of your closest friends and family. With Ballooning NZ you could say your vows while you fly over the Southern Alps, The Remarkables, and more. Afterward, have your wedding meal in a cute field. Perfect for a casual but extraordinary summer wedding.
📍 Queenstown, New Zealand
This secluded, 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 a 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 behind you. A day to remember for sure. Indeed, one of the best wedding venue ideas in New Zealand.
📍 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
This spot is arguably one of the most incredible wedding destinations in New Zealand. The 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.
📍 292 Boom Rock Road, Ohariu Valley, Wellington 6037, New Zealand
11. A boho beach wedding
If you’d like a quirky bohemian style wedding, there are many stunning beaches to host one. Opt for a day ceremony in the scorching sun, sand between your toes, sun in the sky. When it gets to nightfall, have your meal surrounded by tealights. Indeed, it’s difficult to pinpoint a specific beach, but we recommend checking out 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 boasts a fun 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.
📍 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. Certainly, you’ll need a large budget to get married here. Although, it is specifically for smaller weddings with a maximum capacity of 34 guests. 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
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.
📍 53 Harpers Road, Swannanoa 7692, New Zealand
Get hitched, in elegance, against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. Choose between three private beaches for your ceremony, while the classic lodge glows in soft light as the stunning 180-degree views of the ocean, Cape Brett and Cavalli Islands glisten in the distance.
📍 139 Tepene Tablelands Road, Matauri Bay 0245, New Zealand
16. 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 barn, you’ll tie the knot under enchanting sparkling chandeliers. Prepare for an intimate, rustic occasion in this rural backdrop. There is a 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