Take your pick

Find the per­fect spot to say “I do” with a guide to some of the best venues on of­fer.

New Zealand Weddings - - PLANNING -


Charlemagne Lodge’s Vic­to­rian house, man­i­cured gar­den and silk- draped in­door mar­quee of­fer a ro­man­tic set­ting for your wed­ding. The ru­ral fore­ground al­lows for an out- of-town ex­pe­ri­ence while only min­utes from the CBD. The large pa­tio area lends it­self to ca­sual out­door events, whilst the in­door mar­quee has plenty of room for a more for­mal wed­ding ex­pe­ri­ence, with ca­pac­ity for up to 120 guests.

Charlemagne Lodge

2 Loop Road, Te Puna, Tau­ranga Phone: (07) 552 5775 Email: charlemagne@xtra.co.nz Web­site: charlemagne.co.nz


The Civic The­atre is a fully-li­cenced wed­ding venue that is suit­able for cer­e­monies, pre- din­ner drinks, pho­to­graphs and din­ner. The unique­ness of the lo­ca­tion and va­ri­ety of rooms truly sets it above the av­er­age wed­ding venue. The Draw­ing Room hosts up to 60 peo­ple seated or 100 cock­tail-style. The Vic­to­ria Room, holds up to 200 peo­ple seated with a large dance floor and The Grand Foyer and Stage is also avail­able for a wed­ding day that is truly unique.

The Civic The­atre

88 Tay St, In­ver­cargill Phone: (03) 211 3206 Email: kate.feaver@ivem.co.nz


If you have ever dreamed of get­ting mar­ried at an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned art mu­seum, then The Dowse is the per­fect venue for you. The tai­lored wed­ding pack­age will help you or­gan­ise your big day and take any hitches out of get­ting hitched. With flex­i­ble venue spa­ces, there’s plenty of room for you to dine, dance and say “I do”. Drop the mu­seum a line – the team would love to hear how it can make your spe­cial day per­fect.

The Dowse Art Mu­seum

45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt Phone: (04) 570 6500 Email: venues@dowse.org.nz Web­site: dowse.org.nz/wed­dings


Sit­ting on beau­ti­fully land­scaped grounds, Mills Reef Win­ery & Restau­rant is the per­fect set­ting for your cer­e­mony, of­fer­ing two cer­e­mony lawns and an in­side chapel in the un­der­ground wine cellar. The un­der­ground Bar­rel Room is the new re­cep­tion space, a unique ex­pe­ri­ence with the ‘wow’ fac­tor. The main restau­rant of­fers in­door/out­door flow from the gar­dens with sun­sets over the Kaimai ranges. Sched­ule a visit to dis­cuss your wed­ding plans.

Mills Reef Win­ery & Restau­rant, Tau­ranga

143 Mof­fat Road, Beth­le­hem, Tau­ranga Phone: (07) 576 8800 Email: wed­dings@mill­sreef.co.nz Web­site: mill­sreef.co.nz


Plume is set in the rolling hills of Matakana, pro­vid­ing a glo­ri­ous and in­ti­mate set­ting for your spe­cial day. Sur­rounded by the vines, you’ll en­joy the lux­u­ri­ous space and essence of a rus­tic New Zealand land­scape. Your day will ben­e­fit from the spe­cial at­mos­phere the team has cre­ated, with a mod­ern restau­rant and views over the rolling val­leys be­low. This is the per­fect back­drop for a day you will re­mem­ber for the rest of your life.

Plume Matakana

Phone: (09) 422 7915 ext 2 Email: farida@plumer­estau­rant.co.nz Web­site: plumer­estau­rant.co.nz


A mag­i­cal hide­away in the heart of Akaroa, Mt Ver­non Lodge of­fers a spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tion for your wed­ding day. At Mt Ver­non Lodge you can have an un­for­get­table cer­e­mony, a cus­tom- de­signed re­cep­tion and stylish ac­com­mo­da­tion for you and your guests, all in one place. Set on six hectares of man­i­cured lawns and ma­ture trees, cou­pled with amaz­ing views over the Akaroa har­bour and great fa­cil­i­ties, Mt Ver­non Lodge is the only choice for your spe­cial day.

Mt Ver­non Lodge

33 Pur­ple Peak Road, Akaroa Phone: (03) 304 7180 Email: info@mtver­non­lodge.co.nz Web­site: mtver­non­lodge.co.nz

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