Mat­ri­mo­nial Magic in Matakana

My Wedding - - MATAKANA | REGION - by Shane Boocock

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.

River­side Matakana

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