Wrap FROM THE REGIONS
Who better to ask about the best places to get married in the South Island than celebrants! Enjoy these pitches as these regional ambassadors paint enticing pictures of their favourite spots in the south.
MARLBOROUGH Rachel Tau’alupe
‘Marlborough is a diverse region with beautiful scenery. The locals are kind and accommodating and know all the best hidden spots. Whether it be a vineyard setting, somewhere surrounded by hills, or oceanside in one of the epic Marlborough Sounds resorts, there really is something for everyone. And what better place to spend your first days as newlyweds, right in the heart of wine country.’
WEST COAST Gen Chan
'The West Coast is full of untamed natural beauty and gives you the opportunity to marry your loved one along the rugged coastline, among giant native forests, at the top of a mountain or standing on a glacier. If you have a love for nature and wish to tramp to your destination, or helicopter to a remote location, we have it all here for you on the Coast.'
QUEENSTOWN Andrew Bell
‘Let me start with the obvious ... Queenstown’s breathtaking scenery speaks for itself! Whether you’re exchanging your vows lakeside, eloping in the mountains, or celebrating with your friends and family at one of the many gorgeous local venues, you’ll have a backdrop that screams adventure and romance in any season – it’s damn near impossible to beat!’
SOUTH CANTERBURY Sarah McCambridge
‘South Canterbury is a wedding planner's dream. From the spectacular scenery of the Mackenzie Country, offering picturepostcard backgrounds of Aoraki/Mt Cook and the brilliant waters of Lake Tekapo, to Timaru's Edwardian architecture, the early 1900s Caroline Bay Hall with its sprung dance floor and the sands of Caroline Bay, South Canterbury offers something for all.'
NELSON TASMAN Emma Helleur
‘The Nelson Tasman region has so much to offer – whether you want a small intimate ceremony in a redwood forest, a beach wedding, a gorgeous venue or a helicopter elopement on top of a mountain. Every year, Nelson is first or second for the most sunshine hours in the country meaning your summer wedding is bound to be a gorgeous day.’
SOUTHLAND Anna Ford
‘Southland is the most epic wedding destination – we have it all! My personal favourites this wedding season were an intimate elopement on the coastal shores of Stewart Island, alongside a surprise murder mystery-themed wedding in Queens Park, Invercargill. The Southland charm and hospitable environment also adds to the appeal.’