Matrimonial Magic in Matakana
If you’re looking for a special place to ‘tie the knot’ that offers a varied amount of alternatives to many of the Auckland city themed venues, then it’s worth considering Matakana, just a 45-minute drive north of Auckland. This region has grown in stature over the last few years and now offers a wealth of regal gems when it comes to choosing the right wedding location, the best reception venue or a unique honeymoon suite.
From the moment the sunrise glows like golden syrup from behind Little Barrier Island onto the hills above Matakana, you’ll know that this region of rolling vineyards is someplace very special. The Matakana region can do that to you. It’s a place of undulating hills and valleys, abundant vineyards, small picturesque churches, luxury lodges, craft shops and art galleries, untouched beaches and three regional parks.
A great first consideration as a premium wedding venue is The Stables Restaurant at Matakana Country Park on the outskirts of the village. The venue sits on 50-acres of land with both indoor and outdoor dining amidst a natural rural setting with the capacity to host large weddings. The spacious dining room features contemporary fittings, exposed macracapa beams, two grand fireplaces and a large bridal party dining table that seats 24 with additional banquet style settings running down the middle of the building. The venue hire covers: cutlery, glassware, crockery, napkins, service staff, and printed menus for your tables should you require them.
There is also a picture-perfect, small white church on site, the historic St Andrews Presbyterian Church built in Matakana in 1895, near the restaurant. The original kauri pews can hold 100 people. For that added touch of nostalgia there is also a horse drawn black carriage for hire.