A rustic barn in the foothills of mountains , a stately castle on the edge of the sea, a timeless mansion overlooking a river - there's a venue in Southern New Zealand to suit every dream wedding.
No matter the size of your guest list, or budget, from Mt Cook to Stewart Island, this glorious landscape is blessed with the best and most diverse venues.
OLIVERS LODGE & STABLES OF CENTRAL OTAGO
Olivers is located on possibly the quaintest historic street in Clyde, Central Otago in New Zealand. Not only is the accommodation the most gorgeous blend of both iconic stone stable conversions and beautiful early New Zealand villa rooms, Olivers boasts stunning gardens, an amazing, really truly amazing restaurant and bar, garden courtyards to die for, and the Victoria Street Cafe and Deli!
I personally stayed at Lombardy Cottage and decided I was never leaving. The old stone cottage is delectably refurbished inside and is warm, cosy, gorgeous, stylish, and has everything any newly wedded couple would want - including a huge claw foot bath tub! The grounds are so lovely with seemingly endless swathes of lush green grass, and there's even a wee cottage at the bottom of the garden for taking some time out! ; )
THE HOMESTEAD AND WOOLSHED
Built in 1905, beautifully renovated The Homestead is set in the stunning location of Central Otago. Flowing lawns and established flower beds create a romantic scene for a wedding. The Homestead can be used as a location to host your celebration but can also be used to accommodate the wedding party pre or post wedding celebrations. This spectacular home has many original features, offering an exceptional location to stay or as a backdrop to your celebration.
HORSESHOE BEND ESTATE
Providing a venue of impeccable elegance, exquisite facilities, and an outlook of inimitable natural beauty, Horseshoe Bend Estate is the premier location for any luxury wedding, executive event, or lavish corporate retreat.
Everything you need to make your event unique, exquisite and exactly what you want is available through the professional local industry who specialise in the extraordinary.
THE PORT MOLYNEUX SCHOOL
On the wildly breathtaking shores of the South Island's stunning Catlins Coast in Kaka Point is The Port Molyneux School. Yes, it is an old historic school building and Jade and her handy hubby have rejuvenated it and created an incredible wedding and event venue with the most captivating views of the vividly dramatic Southern Oceans. Want a wedding venue that really is unique? this is it baby!
Located in Wanaka, Criffel Station, a 2000 hectare farm of predominately red deer, is one of those classic woolshed venues that just steals your heart. With expansive views of the surrounding mountain range and a gorgeous private ceremony spot with a stunning backdrop, Criffel is one of the most popular and beautiful wedding venues in Wanaka.
GATHER & GOLD TIPIS
My best friend got married in Gather & Golds amazing tipi's at The Olive Grove on the shores of Lake Wanaka and I swear, I have never been to a more gorgeous wedding! The feeling is bohemian chic but the ambience is all in the styling, and Gather & Gold have fab furnishings that create the perfect vibe for almost any wedding style.
THE HERMITAGE MT COOK
The most special day warrants the most breathtaking location and my goodness, this is the location of fairytales for sure! Right in the valley beneath New Zealand's largest mountain, The Hermitage is spoilt for venue choices with old buildings, churches, beautiful gardens, windswept tussocklands, spectacular glaciers and mountain tops! I mean - seriously!!
Right in the heart of Wanaka is Post Office Lane, a sweet little lane of great bars and restaurants, one of which is Barluga. Perfect for Hen's and Stag parties or pre and post wedding BBQ's and get togethers, Barluga also has a late night club atmosphere for much later on for all you revellers out there! Cocktails, great music, live bands or a chilled out vibe on a sunny afternoon.
CARDRONA VALLEY LODGE
Dramatic, lushly opulent, is a real country rustic lodge in the heart of Wanaka and Queenstowns midway haven, the Cardrona Valley. Famous for skiing and snowboarding, Cardrona also boasts one of NZ's oldest and most iconic pubs which is a stunning wedding venue. The lodge is just down the road and is the perfect choice for wedding parties from the hotel, and even small destination weddings - ask about the celebrity in-house chef!