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20 Best Christchurch Wedding Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 03 Mar 2020
Thanks to their greenery and good vibes, Christchurch is one of New Zealand’s most popular wedding destinations. They offer a rich variety of spaces, from innovative and unusual, such as the Cardboard Cathedral and Gondola, to boutique vineyards for an outdoorsy feel. Brimming with fun-loving energy, it’s no surprise that Christchurch is beloved by all and makes for an ideal wedding destination. Below, we have more than 20 of the best wedding venues throughout Christchurch and the greater Canterbury Region for you to choose from. For more wedding venue inspiration, check out our guides for Queenstown and Auckland.
The Little Chapel
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Behold Christchurch’s newest wedding venue: a quaint chapel aptly named The Little Chapel, built in the 19th century but only opened for weddings in 2019. They have a singular view of creating beautiful, bespoke weddings and are centrally located, with a capacity of around 70 guests (making them all the more perfect for an intimate wedding). The Little Chapel is the social enterprise branch of The Home & Family Society Christchurch Inc. As a result, 100% of your wedding cost goes directly to charity, providing for children and families in Christchurch. The Little Chapel not only provides you with 5 different wedding packages to pick between but a nifty list of preferred vendors too. As a non-denominational venue, they welcome weddings and civil unions of any type.
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One of Christchurch’s popular attractions is their Gondola. It also happens to serve as one of their more unique wedding venues. The space features mountain-top function rooms for breathtaking views of the Southern Alps and city, a full kilometre above the rest and to the summit of Mt Cavendish. There are several spaces to choose from, The Crater Rim and Pinnacle Rooms, which can also be combined to host a maximum of 200 guests for your wedding. Guests will be transported via gondola to drink in a mountaintop wedding ceremony, with plenty of indoor space to keep them cosy and catering handled by Mona Vale. With plenty of balconies to soak in the panoramic views, this Christchurch wedding venue is a sure favourite and makes a statement like few others.
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Now a landmark in Christchurch, the Cardboard Cathedral is, above all else, a wonderful space for a wedding. Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (who won the prestigious Pritzker Prize for doing so, the only building in New Zealand to have accomplished this feat), this venue is as remarkable as it is charming. It’s the only cathedral in the world to be made sustainably, constructed from cardboard tubes, steel shipping containers and the Cathedral’s original stained glass Rose windows. It also boasts space for up to 700 guests, with a duo of function spaces (the main hall and foyer) that can be combined depending on the size and nature of your wedding. Resting in the centre of Christchurch, this wedding venue now serves as a symbol of the city’s fortitude and originality.
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Larcomb Vineyard has hosted many events over the years, making them seasoned professionals in the industry. As a full-service venue, one of their specialities include weddings, featuring expertly manicured gardens and a spacious barn with high ceilings and exposed beams. Their dedicated staff are there to ensure your day runs perfectly with personal wedding planning and wedding catering options, as well as a full list of preferred wedding vendors to ensure all aspects of your big day are covered, from styling to celebrants. There are 2 venues available for hire at Larcomb Vineyard: the Small Barn, hosting up to 80 guests, filled with natural light and boasting an exposed timber ceiling; and the Big Barn, built in 2011 and with space for 200 guests, equipped with a grand dance floor to boot. Their additional space, The Stables, is not yet available as a venue but makes for a lovely photo op.
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A boutique winery set on 12 acres of lush greenery and 15 minutes from Christchurch Airport, Melton Estate is a wedding venue bursting with possibilities. Choose to have your wedding indoors or outdoors (or both) with Melton Estate, taking in views from their expansive deck that overlooks the vineyard. They offer exclusive use of the estate, The Pavilion for your wedding service, a private and seasoned wedding coordinator, a lighting and sound system for your convenience and so much more. As an all-weather venue, you won’t have to concern yourself with the whims of the weather; if it happens to rain, you’ll be snug as a bug inside The Pavilion or Banquet Room, soaking in majestic garden views and verdant lawns. Melton Estate also happens to be an award-winning wedding venue, having netted the South Island “Best Wine Tourism Restaurant.” They’re also the only Canterbury winery wedding venue with a Qualmark Venue 4-star plus rating.
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Darjon Vineyard is built on the idea of romance, romance and more romance. 8 acres of vines and greenery, this venue serves as a garden backdrop for a wedding, a short drive from the city of Christchurch. They can host up to 120 guests and offer complimentary wedding coordination, assisting with everything from music and caterers to packing up at the end of it all. Darjon Vineyard features the option of a lovely garden ceremony (with heaters, if it’s a bit chilly out), a music system, fully licensed bar (with BYO options), and optional free loan items (such as a charming wishing well, wedding arches, fairy lights, tables, chairs and so much more). Darjon Vineyard has curated a reputation for excellence and prides themselves on delivering truly magnificent weddings in Christchurch. For catering, music and photography, they have their own list of preferred vendors to make your day even easier.
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The Tannery is on the fast track to becoming Christchurch’s hottest boutique wedding venue - and with good reason. Offering a year-round wedding location, suitable for both receptions and ceremonies, this Christchurch wedding venue boasts a total of 4 venues that can host anywhere from 10 to 600 guests. With an events management team on hand to help with all wedding planning and coordination, The Tannery has set itself apart. The venue includes the options of sumptuous in-house catering and beverages from Cassels Brewing Co. The space itself features a glass atrium, genuine French tiled floors, stained glass, bespoke iron arches and mahogany shop fronts. It’s the very height of elegance and glamour, and will undoubtedly lend your wedding the very same ambience. The Tannery is 10 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, with easy parking surrounding the area. It’s a Christchurch wedding venue that stands head and shoulders above the rest in its traditional sense of grace.
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One of Christchurch’s most beautiful vineyard wedding venues, Rossendale Vineyard boast a plethora of wedding shoot spots, acres of natural beauty and a capacity of 200 guests. This wedding venue is flexible, with professional service courtesy of a dedicated team, a unique list of local wines, in-house catering from award-winning chefs and over 100 car parks on-site (including wheelchair access). They’re also only 15 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. Their definition of a “working” vineyard means that they make their own wines, adding to the extraordinary selection available for your wedding, framed by picturesque vines and armed with hard-working staff that pride themselves on bringing the very best to your big day. Whether it’s your wedding ceremony or reception (or both!), Rossendale Vineyard can do it all and do it to perfection.
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10 minutes from Christchurch, Harpers Homestead is a wedding venue with luxury accommodation on-site. Originally farmland, this 3-acre property is lined with trees and foliage, designed by landscape architect Alan Izard. Weddings at Harpers Homestead can be handled from top to bottom, featuring a bridal suite and charming reception area. Exclusive hire of their venue includes 3 days of venue use for rehearsals and setup, luxury accommodation for 2 nights in their honeymoon suite, full use of their stunning grounds, and use of their purpose-built barn or marquee for your reception. They are committed to making your wedding day an unforgettable experience, with professional staff and a list of their preferred suppliers on hand.
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In Christchurch’s iconic and gorgeous Botanic Gardens, Curator’s House rests like a crowning jewel in all its Spanish-inspired glory. With a charming, Tudor-style building, featuring intimate dining rooms and a private garden shrouded in quiet beauty, this Christchurch wedding venue outdoes itself. The Botanic Gardens and Avon River frame the space, allowing for exciting options such as the choice to arrive by punt and picture-perfect garden photography. The house features a total of 7 spaces, from The Gold Room to The Garden Courtyard, all available for hire depending on your preferences. Curator’s House can host over 150 guests and offer in-house catering, whether you’re after a three-course meal or canapés for your guests to nibble at as they mingle in the flourishing gardens.
Mona Vale Homestead
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Mona Vale Homestead specialises in hosting elegant weddings. After a $3.2 million rebuild, Mona Vale Homestead reopened its doors in 2016 and has since bloomed into one of Christchurch’s premier wedding venues. The Victorian building has been restored to its former prestige, settled on 5.5 hectares of garden park. Choose to have your wedding in the building itself, with canapés and flutes of champagne on the patio, or make your way over to Iris Lawn, right beside the sparkling Avon River for a marquee wedding and a day you’ll treasure forever. Mona Vale Homestead also offers in-house catering, with a canapés menu, seated choice menu and platter-style menu for you to choose from. Their catering team has over 50 years’ experience, known all over Christchurch and Canterbury for their incredible dishes and attention to detail. As a bonus, they have the options of including wedding games for your guests, from croquet and quoits to giant Jenga.
Trent’s Estate Vineyard
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A romantic wedding venue in Christchurch, Trent’s Estate Vineyard is set amongst grapevines and paddocks, a stone’s throw from the city and yet in a world of its own. The venue features a whitewashed Mediterranean-style historic building (lovingly restored over the years to maintain ambience and tradition), a sheltered lawn, bubbling fountain, conservatory, Victorian-style gazebo and pond - all the essentials in creating a heavenly wedding. They offer a series of wedding packages for you to choose between, and, when booking a reception, there’s no extra fee for holding a ceremony with them. Trent’s Estate Vineyard is also a fully licensed and fully catered venue, but do have BYO options for flexibility. A single acre of the venue remains a vineyard, solely as a backdrop for wedding photos. The hiring of Trent’s Estate Vineyard means exclusive use of the entire premises, with add-ons such as glassware, crockery and even decorative tulle.
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Rural beauty at its finest, Cossars Wineshed is a boutique wedding venue that invites you to host your big day with them. Their facilities include a gorgeous, high-ceiling dining room with a capacity of 100 guests, a full commercial kitchen for your caterer’s use, a sun-soaked outdoor courtyard, sprawling lawns and rose gardens, as well as a pretty vineyard. Cossars Wineshed prides themselves on their personality and wholesome atmosphere. Their spaces boast wrought-iron chandeliers, terracotta tiled floors, plenty of natural light, a spacious mezzanine floor, a limestone chipped courtyard framed by olive trees, lavender, roses and wisteria, and a renovated barn with a rustic feel and recycled rimu floors. There are 3 separate choices for your wedding space with Cossars Wineshed, each as lovely as the last, from a French-styled reception hall to the sublime courtyard for an outdoor wedding.
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Overlook the serene Canterbury Plains with Waipuna Estate, a modern wedding venue that features luxury accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities. They specialise in weddings, with a small, close-knit them of professionals to help you perfect your day. Select from 3 of their wedding packages, which can include anything from wedding venue hire to exclusive use of their glamorous accommodation for you and your guests, as well as dining, a spa experience and a helicopter ride to Mt Herbert for your wedding photography. If you’d prefer a tailored package, Waipuna Estate is happy to oblige. As a quainter wedding venue, they host more intimate weddings of up to 85 guests. They also have two options for your wedding space within the venue: a covered terrace in the midst of picturesque gardens, and a lawn area beside an orchard of fruit trees and an awe-inspiring view of the Southern Alps. Waipuna Estate is proud to be one of Christchurch’s most beautiful wedding venues.
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Ilam Homestead is a historic wedding venue, featuring famed and protected azalea and rhododendron plantings, which will provide a vibrant backdrop for your wedding. They’re tucked away in the grounds of the University of Canterbury and can cater for up to 120 guests. With an array of catering choices, a fully licensed bar, outdoor dining options, an idyllic garden and an open fireplace, this Christchurch wedding venue is as lovely as it gets. If you fancy an outdoor wedding, Ilam Homestead has a marquee option. You can host your wedding amongst a plethora of flourishing flowers, then dine under the setting sun or head into the much-loved building for a perfectly catered meal by one of their preferred vendors. Ilam Homestead is barely 16 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, and only 12 from the airport. In the midst of their famed garden, they will have your wedding feel a million miles away.
Rosemount Park Estate
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A 9-acre garden estate, Rosemount Park Estate is available for exclusive hire for your big day. This wedding venue has unique pillars and floral arrangements, with fairy lights strung around the space and twinkling away in rose bushes. Croquet and pétanque are also available for your guests (and you, if you’d like) to enjoy. Choosing Rosemount Park Estate means Meris will coordinate your wedding from top to bottom. They have a list of preferred caterers for you to pick from, as well as a host of free loan items to make your day all the easier (from a range of linen and decorations to speakers and mirrors). Rosemount Park Estate also has a bridal suite on-site, featuring an adjacent lounge for the bridal party to relax and get ready together before the ceremony. The venue also has an all-weather marquee available all year long, with silk lining and polished concrete floors. For added depth, they have the option of horse-drawn carriages for a touch of old-world class; a little something to make your wedding day even more special.
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Located in Prebbleton, a mere 11km from Christchurch central, Pemberton Gardens is a private wedding venue that sports established gardens, an outdoor courtyard and a pagoda. Choose from a host of options for your wedding shoots and ceremony, with lush grounds and a large reception area. They can accommodate up to 250 guests, with a purpose-built pavilion, wheelchair access, commercial kitchen, bridal suite, and an expansive stage and dance floor. Included in the hiring of Pemberton Gardens is tables and chairs, linen, crockery and cutlery, glassware, a high-tech PA system, as well as cleaning of the venue. There are also several nearby accommodation options to choose from, beverage packages and preferred caterers for your consideration.
Omarino Wine Park
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On the outskirts of Christchurch, Omarino is an award-winning vineyard that also serves a stunning wedding venue. The vineyard spans across 20 acres of verdant grapevines and expertly maintained gardens, with a large, contemporary function space on-site - ideal for hosting a wedding. Omarino Park is the largest winery wedding venue in Christchurch, with a seating capacity of 200 guests a romantic atmosphere as a result of their secluded location. Omarino serves award-winning wines, features an elegant wedding banquet room, hardwood deck overlooking the sprawling vineyard, a host of catering options for your wedding, and a plethora of spaces for sensational wedding photography. Their team is dedicated to making your wedding day as special as you dreamed it would be.
Ferrymead Heritage Park
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With a wealth of history in its stead, Ferrymead Heritage Park comes equipped with an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with restored cottages, schoolhouse, church and so much more. You will catch a glimpse of the way the Kiwis of old lived and be swept away in a whirlwind of classic beauty. Their Heritage Church, the Chapel, was built in 1911 and relocated to Ferrymead in the 1970s. It can seat over 70 guests, making it perfect for more intimate weddings. As an extra treat, wedding guests can arrive on the Wedding Tram, which also picks up the bridal party and presents lovely photo ops. Other venue options include their Friendly Societies Lodge Hall, designed and constructed in an authentic 1920s heritage style and decor, and the Heritage Railway Station, with a charming wood-panelled interior. Their wedding packages include a series of optional free loan items (from trestle tables to extra seating). Ferrymead Heritage Park is a quick 15-minute drive from Christchurch CBD.
The Vines Club
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The Vines Club philosophy is, quite simply, “Your day, your way.” 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, this wedding venue has a rustic feel to it, settled in the heart of a garden and surrounded by spacious grounds. The Vines Club also features a wedding dell and marquee lounge, with plenty of fairy lights strung up everywhere for a fairytale book wedding - the dream, as it were. They can accommodate up to 100 guests and offer complimentary WiFi. Their wedding package also includes exclusive venue hire, audiovisual equipment hire, a fully licensed bar (with BYO options), seasoned and professional staff on hand, as well as a variety of essentials covered (such as tables, chairs, crockery, glassware, etc.). Factor in their carefully curated catering options, and you have one of the finest wedding venues in Christchurch to consider.
Ilex Events and Weddings
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Ilex Events and Weddings offers you The Botanic Garden events space, widely known as a hidden oasis within the heart of Christchurch. Although settled in the historic gardens, the venue is as modern as they come. You can choose between 5 unique spaces to hold your ceremony throughout the venue, along with a private reception area away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There’s also the option to hold your wedding at the Townsend and Cunningham houses, originally constructed in 1923. They’re a collection of conservatories, a garden sanctuary, and offer an unusual and gorgeous experience with their exotic flora and fauna displays. In addition to being one of Christchurch’s most beloved wedding venues, The Botanic Garden also offers catering through one of New Zealand’s top chefs, creating bespoke menus to suit the theme and ambience of your big day. With the Ilex Events and Weddings team at your side, planning and organising your wedding day will be a cinch, and you’re sure to sweep your guests away with the sheer beauty of The Botanic Garden.
Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat
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Treat yourself to a getaway wedding experience with Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat. This private hideaway brings with it the thrilling experience of a private hideaway for you to enjoy luxury and serenity in equal parts. Your wedding will overlook Lake Pukaki, Aoraki Mt Cook and the Ben Ohau ranges, framing your day in all the best nature has to offer. Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat offers a series of packages for your convenience, from couples looking to elope to others looking to host quiet, gorgeous weddings with a small group of their loved ones. There are 4 spaces to choose from, including Ashley Mackenzie Villa, the Lakeside Lawn, he Lavender Lawn and Moraine Lodge. Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat can host over 200 of your lucky guests, and also offer on-site catering specialising in local, fresh cuisine, tailoring the menu to your wishes. Mount Cook Lakeside Retreat is one of the loveliest wedding venues in Christchurch, whether you’re looking to say ‘I do’ in front of a whole crowd or just your partner.
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30 acres of sprawling park grounds and mere minutes from the centre of Christchurch, Riccarton House is a gorgeous wedding venue with a charming atmosphere. Originally built in 1856, it’s considered a heritage homestead and is decidedly flexible when it comes to hosting weddings. Choose indoors or outdoors to host your big day (or perhaps even both), with marquee and lawn options open to you. From the Rose Garden Courtyard to the Marquee Lawn, Riccarton House has a space for your wedding no matter the size. You might even want to have your wedding in the centre of native bush, surrounded by 600-year-old Kahikatea trees - that would certainly be a testament to ever-lasting love, wouldn’t it? Inside, Riccarton House has open fireplaces and a host of spaces for a warmer ceremony during the winter, flowing from the entrance hall to the dining room. They also have on-site catering, with their team taking inspiration from the local farmer’s market and bringing a touch of local Christchurch joy to your wedding menu.
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Hemsworth Estate offers a series of spaces for your wedding, including 3 different outdoor venues (a traditional English rose garden, the expansive green lawns and a quaint farm orchard), as well as within the estate itself. Hemsworth Estate can host anywhere from 30 to 200 guests, making it an ideal wedding venue option for both intimate and bigger weddings, and the venue prides itself on being a serene space filled with charm and the quiet beauty of Christchurch. Hemsworth Estate has an events management duo that will act as your hands-on team, helping you with the thorough organisation and running of your big day from top to bottom. They’re well-versed when it comes to planning functions and will assist you with local vendors and suppliers if required. Hemsworth Estate is an hour’s drive from the centre of Christchurch, making it a swift getaway wedding venue, perfect for a day of privacy and intimacy on your special day.
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A boutique wedding venue, Bangor Farm presents The Deer Shed, settled at the end of an avenue lined with 160-year-old Oak Trees. The Deer Shed is set on 50 acres of old English Oaks, Ponds and Park, giving it a rustic, wholesome feel that is fitting for any wedding type. Only 30 minutes from the centre of Christchurch, Bangor Farm is fully-equipped to hold your wedding day all the way through, from the ceremony to the reception, hosting up to 300 guests in their expansive and natural space. They have an interactive and fun team to help you on your way, accustomed to hosting all manner of events, with plenty of gorgeous backdrops to have your photoshoot against. With tranquil views to Mt Hutt and Mt Torlesse, Bangor Farm is a lovely wedding venue option, being a family-friendly venue with both indoor and outdoor venue options. Choose from The Barn, The Long Room and The Auditorium, or make yourself comfortable outside amongst the green grass. Whatever you choose, Bangor Farm is there to help you plan the perfect wedding.