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The 26 Best Auckland Wedding Venues
by Luke Ellery | 18 May 2022
Our list of Auckland's best wedding venues has something for every wedding, from total luxury to boho, city to the countryside. This ever-expanding city has so much to offer when it comes to special days, whether you're planning something intimately cosy or a glitzy bash for the ages. Drawing inspiration from their locations, architecture and more, you're sure to find a wedding venue that strikes a chord. If you'd like more wedding venue inspo, check out our recommended wedding venues in Christchurch and Queenstown.
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Glasshouse in Morningside is a contemporary Auckland wedding venue that has taken the events industry by storm. Everywhere you look on social media, there’s a picture of Glasshouse in all its chic glory. When you take a moment to check out what it is and what they offer, it’s no surprise as to why they have become so popular. Glasshouse is a dedicated event space that is constructed almost entirely out of glass (hence the name). Natural light shines through from all sides all day long; lush greenery encases the building. As a result, even though it is centrally located, it feels like a distant oasis. This space can seat up to 200 guests and can house up to 400 for a cocktail reception. Glasshouse also has a skilled team of event professionals that can assist with catering, styling, and planning your big day, ensuring that your Auckland wedding runs smoothly from start to finish.
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Find yourself in an Auckland wedding venue that is legendary for its beauty. The classic architecture of this stunning church paired with high-tech lighting technology turns this space into an absolute vision that can host up to 250 seated guests and 450 cocktail-style. St Matthew's is an Auckland venue that has hosted several modern, flashy weddings that all went off seamlessly as a result of their committed in-house team and impeccable planning. In hiring this wedding venue, you have full control over catering, beverages, entertainment and more. The seasoned team at St Matthew's can provide a list of preferred vendors should you need it. This iconic Auckland wedding venue makes the ideal location for inner-city celebrations, engagement parties and ceremonies included. With a sophisticated, characterful charm to it, your special day will be the talk of the town.
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It’s the perfect place to start your new beginning - just as their name suggests. Tabula Rasa is an incredible Auckland wedding venue that showcases lush lawns, manicured gardens, a covered gazebo, an infinity pool, and more, making it one of Auckland’s most coveted spaces to host special days and events of every kind. This wedding venue, carefully designed as a function space, has a plethora of options when it comes to selecting your ceremony and reception locations. Best of all, it’s only a 30 minute trip down the southern motorway from the CBD. Hosting up to 100 of your lucky guests, Tabula Rasa is an Auckland wedding venue that covers all the bases, from delicious catering on-site to a dedicated events team to help with the planning and running of your dream wedding.
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Are you looking to host an Auckland wedding in the midst of natural beauty? Tui Hills is an Auckland wedding venue tucked away in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges, answering this very call. Surrounded by native gardens, this wedding venue is only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Auckland but will have you and your guests feeling a million miles away. Host your special day in their stunning spaces: Nikau Pavilion, The Nectar Room or Kowhai Glade. They have a myriad of options for your wedding, with all of their rooms filled with natural light and a capacity of up to 120 guests. Tui Hills can make your Auckland wedding a true delight, featuring impeccable service, audiovisual equipment and assistance, transportation, fabulous in-house catering, and so much more.
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For all the joys and unique appeal of an inner-city wedding, there’s Pilkingtons. Designed with effortless elegance in mind, Pilkingtons is a perfect bubble of top-notch service and stunning surroundings in the vast urban expanse of Auckland’s CBD. Filled with lush greenery and bespoke interior designs elements, this Auckland wedding venue is the perfect location for an intimate and luxurious wedding of up to 200 guests. There is an outdoor courtyard, serving as the ideal secret spot in Auckland city for a wedding. Pilkingtons also has an extensive drink menu and an inspired selection of catering options. If you’ve been wanting a small but glamorous wedding in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Auckland, then Pilkingtons is the obvious choice.
Connemara Country Lodge
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Spread out on plenty of rolling farmland and boasting views of Manukau Harbour, Connemara Country Lodge is an Auckland wedding venue for all. Its centrepiece is a grand, comfy country house with spacious decking and light-filled rooms. You can have your function on the manicured lawns, beneath a string of fairy lights or tucked away in a marquee. Connemara Country Lodge hosts up to 100 guests, with accommodation for up to 8 so you and your guests can rest easy before or after the big bash. Facilities include multiple locations for your wedding, engagement party or more; there are BYO options, plenty of on-site parking and more.
The Officers Mess
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Take a walk on the oceanside with The Officers Mess. Charming and with sea views for miles and miles, The Officers Mess is an Auckland wedding venue that offers space and versatility for you and your guests to enjoy. Drink in views of the sea, Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island whilst sipping on cocktails, with an expansive deck for your celebration to spill onto. The Officers Mess has 3 spaces to choose from, including the Main Room and Middle Room. They can accommodate anywhere from 40 to 200 guests, making this Auckland wedding venue a perfect choice for your big day.
The Hunting Lodge
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It's time for you to have the time of your life The Hunting Lodge. With the historic and iconic Hunting Lodge Homestead settled on their 80-acre property, this Auckland wedding venue hosts up to 250 guests and makes for a sublime space to celebrate your big day from start to finish. Choose from their emerald lawns, rustic barn and restaurant when planning your wedding. The Hunting Lodge offers bespoke packages for events, helping you to put together the necessities in one, neat bundle to make planning and executing your special day a breeze. This Auckland venue is at the top of the list when it comes to superb service, featuring mouthwatering catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, event expertise and more.
Smiths & Stables
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Located on 50 acres of rolling hills, paddocks and vineyards in Matakana, Smiths & Stables is a versatile wedding venue option outside of central Auckland. With the space to fit more than 500 guests inside and over 1000 using the courtyards and lawn, the potential for this unique rural venue is endless. Smiths & Stables also has 2 restaurants and 2 bars, expansive manicured lawns, and 2 sheltered courtyards to boot. It’s a delightful mixture of contemporary and rustic, with a wonderful outdoor/indoor flow that few venues can match.
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It’s time to take to the seas with Okahu, surrounded by glittering waters and open skies. Drink in unparalleled views of the ocean, Rangitoto, the harbour and dazzling cityscape. Your Auckland wedding will have all it needs and more with this flexible venue, packed with natural light and good times. Their attentive and friendly staff are here to help you plan your special day, whether it’s small details, big ones or something in between. They can recommend talented chefs, stylists, planners and more, with endless knowledge surrounding Auckland weddings, bringing you the best in entertainment and catering. Okahu is one of Auckland’s premier waterfront venues, available for exclusive hire for your big day.
Kauri Bay Boomrock
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Kauri Bay Boomrock is an Auckland wedding venue packed full of style and expertise in the industry. Catering to exclusive and intimate weddings, with a maximum capacity of 200, they offer so much to make your big day as fantastic as can be. The experienced team at Kauri Bay Boomrock can take your dream wedding ideas and turn them into the perfect day. They can arrange everything from personalised menus to transport for your guests. With plenty of on-site activities, you can rest assured your guests will have a fantastic time at the reception while you go exploring the beautiful surrounding valleys for photo ops. Additionally, Kauri Bay Boomrock has recently added luxurious accommodation to their venue, making them one of the most in-demand wedding destinations in the country.
Luxerose Secret Garden
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Everything’s in the name with Luxerose Secret Garden: a hidden jewel in Parnell, bordered by their famed rose garden and sporting an opulent atmosphere that will make your Auckland wedding sing. You’ll be spoiled when it comes to this wedding venue, sporting a small but stylish selection of spaces for your special day and hosting up to 100 guests. Luxerose Secret Garden specialises in intimate weddings, putting together curated affairs for discerning couples, with on-site catering options, parking for guests, complimentary WiFi and plenty of light streaming through wide windows. Bring your cosy wedding dreams to life with this wedding venue, perfectly poised to add touches of magic to every facet of your special day.
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Host your Auckland wedding in a heritage building, a rustic and stunning option that is sure to make your fairytale wedding spring to life. More than 150 years old, Abbeville Estate is a lovingly-restored venue that now plays host to some of the most gorgeous weddings in Auckland. With a capacity of 350 guests, this wedding venue features a plethora of spaces for your special day, from its perfectly-manicured lawns to its quaint church. Built in 1854, Abbeville Estate's main building is the Homestead, seating up to 110 in its artful dining room, while the Garden Room is a breakaway space for up to 30. Their Barn is their most extensive space, boasting hewn timber frames and wooden floors for an earthy, homey feeling. Your Auckland wedding can be filled with country charm and style all at once at Abbeville Estate.
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Located on the northern slopes of the Bombay Hills, Bracu is a crowning jewel of simple beauty surrounded by 30,000 Mediterranean-style olive trees - you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot for an Auckland wedding. Accommodating up to 190 guests, this wedding venue offers a beautiful and classy all-weather space for your special day, alongside on-site catering, tons of natural light and parking for your guests. In the middle of an olive grove and moments away from the lapping shores of a lake, their Pavillion is a purpose-built space for your wedding, giving you privacy and prettiness in one fell swoop. For a comprehensive and tranquil wedding venue in Auckland, choose Bracu.
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Off-the-grid weddings are all the rage, and Little Wilderness is the perfect location for that. This Auckland wedding venue specialises in hosting special days with an environmentally-friendly edge in the heart of Kumeu, just 30km from Auckland City. They can host up to 80 people in their event space, with a team dedicated to helping you plan and run an incredible wedding day. Their overall design is a contemporary take on the antipodean shed: a rough, utilitarian construction featuring unique designs make it a perfect hosting space, both malleable and full of character. Little Wilderness has 3 spaces for hire, including the Shed and Top Lawn, Gypsy Orchard and Firepit Area. Whether you're after an outdoor or indoor wedding in Auckland, Little Wilderness is a premier venue choice.
Tu Ngutu Villa
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There’s nothing quite so luxe as a private villa for a wedding. Transformed into an event space and residing in Mahurangi East, Tu Ngutu Villa’s crowning feature is their stunning infinity pool - which also functions as the primary ceremony space. That’s right, you can tie the knot looking like you’re walking on water. There is on-site accommodation available for a handful of people and plenty of fun nearby activities, including paddle boarding and kayaking. Tu Ngutu Villa is perfect for intimate to medium-sized weddings, catering for up to 100 guests, available for exclusive hire and offering bespoke catering for your special day. Your Auckland wedding can have it all with this elegant villa that can also double as a getaway destination for you and your loved ones.
Gracehill Vineyard Estate
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Your Auckland wedding at Gracehill Vineyard Estate is going to be as dreamy as can be. Boasting everything you need and more to host an incredible day, they specialise in bespoke affairs with seamless service. This includes on-site catering options, audiovisual supplies and assistance, plenty of parking and more. Their facilities are polished to perfection, poised to help your big day transcend boundaries. Gracehill Vineyard Estate has a total of 3 spaces for individual hire: the Lakeview Room, accommodating up to 100 guests; The Vineyard Room, accommodating up to 50; and the Terrace, an outdoor area for up to 100. On the fringe of Auckland, this wedding venue outdoes itself in a display of nature and colour, picture-perfect to the very last detail.
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The truth of the matter is that you simply can’t go wrong with Hilton. This worldwide hotel brand is iconic for a reason, delivering excellent service and unmatched spaces around the globe - including Auckland. Sitting on the viaduct, you can have a seaside wedding in the midst of luxury with this Auckland wedding venue, hosting up to a staggering 700 guests if you’re looking for a big day in every sense of the word. Tuck into sumptuous catering during your reception, dance the night away in one of their many spaces for hire, and then rest and relax in a plush room for as many days as you like. You’re getting the best of the best on your wedding day with Hilton, continuing their tradition of creating sublime experiences in an equally sublime setting.
Howick Historical Village
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Hold your upcoming wedding at one of the most charming venues in Auckland with Howick Historical Village. Rich with the past, this is an Auckland wedding venue that has so much to offer on the cusp of the city. Featuring immaculate grounds and gardens, as well as several spaces for hire throughout their venue, Howick Historical Village is versatile in its many uses. It has carefully preserved so much of the original infrastructure of many buildings and gardens, some of which were built in 1852. Spaces include Bell House, the Historic Church, Brindle Cottage, and so many more. If you fancy an outdoor wedding, then pick and choose between any of their expansive grounds and gardens, all available for hire and perfect for every wedding and celebration.
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Host your big day at The Riverhead surrounded by greenery and tranquil waters. This versatile Auckland wedding venue is a private and flexible space, a thirty-minute drive from Auckland and a gorgeous choice for your special day. Outdoors, indoors or a nice mix, this Auckland wedding venue is all about giving you options amidst cosy beauty and convenience. With your catering taken care of by on-site suppliers, plenty of natural light and multiple spaces to choose between, The Riverhead is one of the finest venues on the fringes of Auckland. Their spaces include The Boat House and Deacon's Kitchen, as well as exclusive hire of the venue for your wedding.
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Cordis is a hotel venue that specialises in hosting Auckland weddings with a touch of old-world glamour. Sublime, elegant and effortless, their Heartfelt Wedding packages are designed to make your Auckland wedding magical from start to finish. Featuring sumptuous catering, impeccable service, on-site accommodation and plenty of space, this Auckland wedding venue will leave you wanting for nothing. Hosting up to 650 guests and centrally located, Cordis is the perfect choice for a cozy wedding in the middle of the city. Dance the night away in their ballroom, savour a delicious buffet or plated dinner menu and indulge in their spa, then end your day in one of their many accommodation options. No matter the type of Auckland wedding you’re looking to plan, Cordis promises to make it unforgettable.
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Markovina Estate is a breezy 30-minute drive from Auckland and is a privately-owned and family-run wedding venue in Auckland that prides themselves on exceeding expectations. With 10-acres of property, Markovina Estate has a great many options for an outdoor ceremony which gives you plenty of creative freedom to create the ceremony of your dreams. If it happens to shower, Markovina Estate has a stunning wet weather option as a backup. Markovina Estate is a popular wedding venue among New Zealand photographers because of their verdant setting. Hosting up to 300 guests, this space is one of the most flexible and expansive wedding venue choices in the country.
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For those who know just where to look, Alberton is a beautiful historic house built in 1863, hidden away in Mt Albert and serving as an opulent but exclusive space for your Auckland wedding. They have several spaces to offer for receptions, ceremonies and photoshoots, making them as comprehensive a wedding venue as it gets. The central feature of Alberton is its luxurious home, which was once the heart of a 500-acre property. This Auckland wedding is the perfect blend of elegance and intimacy, surrounded by manicured lawns and doused in natural light.
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Choosing Ampersand Eatery for your Auckland wedding guarantees you will have one of the most delicious menus that the city has to offer. Moreover, it’s a unique style of space that everyone will appreciate. Urban, hip and also an eatery, Ampersand Eatery has such a unique vibe that it’ll have you and your guests in awe at their style and unique ambience. For a chic and catered Auckland wedding, you can’t go wrong with this exciting space, an all-day eatery offering delicious seasonal dishes in a warm, open, light-filled space. They’re driven to create an experience for each of your guests using the beauty of seasonal produce and products from all over the country.
Bridgewater Country Estate
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Find yourself in the arms of nature with Bridgewater Country Estate. This Auckland wedding venue is entirely surrounded by 16 acres of rolling lawns, mature shade trees, native bush and impeccably landscaped gardens, acting as a proper fairytale wedding venue that has both indoor and outdoor function options for your big day. With gorgeous winding pathways, a pond adorned with lilies, a tennis court, a pool, a dedicated bridal suite and luxury accommodation, Bridgewater Country Estate is the perfect spot for a wedding. You’ll look amazing in the photos, and you’ll feel amazing surrounded by the lush wildlife. In a nutshell, it’s every hopeless romantic's dream setting when it comes to weddings.
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Castaways Resort is a stunning cliffside wedding venue with panoramic views of the ocean and serving as one of Auckland’s favourite seaside spaces to tie the knot. This Auckland wedding venue offers incredible on-site catering, a very experienced wedding team, and on-site accommodation for up to 80 lucky guests. It’s an ideal spot for a destination wedding. If you’re travelling to Auckland from another city or even overseas, you’re in for a great taste of New Zealand’s famed landscape while also giving your globe-trotting guests a cosy place to bed down. Castaways Resort also has a day spa for relaxation and some prepared daytime activities for the adrenaline junkies. This is one of Auckland’s most thorough and exciting wedding venues.
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If you want a taste of tradition, choose Highwic. Although this Auckland wedding venue may look like it’s far-flung from urban life, it’s actually located in the heart of Newmarket. Highwic’s convenient location means there is easy access to this venue from just about anywhere. The Victorian-style architecture results in an aesthetic masterpiece that serves as the backdrop of your Auckland wedding. Their spacious grounds are large enough for a marquee, but there are several ceremony and reception locations available on-site. Perhaps one of the most important things to mention, considering Highwic is a central city venue, is that there is plenty of parking on-site for you and your guests. With a helpful and attentive team available, you can rest assured that your Auckland wedding is in good hands.
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Sitting atop the southern headland of Rakino Island on the Hauraki Gulf is Hurakia Lodge, Auckland’s one and only luxury island retreat. A mere 6-minutes by helicopter or a short ferry ride from the CBD takes you to this stunning, remote wedding venue where total privacy is ensured. A myriad of adventures is to be had on and off the island, from kayaking and dolphin watching to wine tours and poolside relaxation. Hurakia Lodge’s stunning surroundings, top service and incomparable levels of privacy make it one of Auckland’s most exclusive and opulent wedding options, bringing you everything you need and more to host an entirely unforgettable celebration.
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Do you dream of an outdoor wedding? Blanketed by stars, surrounded by rolling hills and with plenty of space to spread out and dance into the night? Jonkers Farm is your answer. Boasting 540 acres of rural New Zealand farmland, an adorable rustic farmhouse, and more than enough space for any kind of marquee set up you can imagine, this Auckland wedding venue is the ideal blank slate for planning the bash of a lifetime. Jonkers Farm doesn’t take many weddings - but if you are lucky enough to be one of the exclusive few to have your wedding amidst their dreamy rustic landscape, then you certainly won’t have any regrets.
Kumeu Valley Estate
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Kumeu Valley Estate is a popular Auckland wedding venue exuding style and grace, featuring a stunning traditional bell tower, high vaulted timber ceilings and even a grand fireplace for a touch of something extra posh. They also proudly showcase 3 acres of immaculate gardens, native flora, and an adorable outdoor ceremony space. As a result, all year round, Kumeu Valley has something to offer. Choose to have your Auckland wedding indoors or outdoors with this flexible space, featuring a committed and professional team to help you figure out what the perfect wedding is to you. There are hidden gems all over the property, including the jetty nestled in the native bush by the stream that borders the property or the rustic swing overlooking the rolling hills.
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Quay Project is the perfect blank canvas for your Auckland wedding in the middle of the city. Urban chic is a trend that has been transforming again and again over the past few years; it blends industrial vibes with minimalist design. The result of this style are venues like Quay Project, acting as contemporary locations that serve as a backdrop for weddings and events of every kind. This Auckland wedding venue features exposed beams, high ceilings, and more blank space than Taylor Swift has to write names on. This means your stylist (or yourself, if you’re into DIY) is going to have a lot to work with. Top it off with panoramic views of the Waitemata harbour, and you have the ideal wedding venue for any urban couple.
Turanga Creek Vineyard
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Your perfect day can be found at Turanga Creek Vineyard, whose mission is to bring you just that. Combining rustic and modern styles, this Auckland wedding venue hosts up to 130 guests in a space filled with natural light. Macrocarpa and redwood warm the surroundings, alongside solid oak furniture and plenty of wide windows. If you’re looking to add more guests to your celebration, you can always ask their helpful staff about a marquee option to extend into the gardens. The dining space is the focal point of their estate: as you dine inside or gather with friends outside, you look directly out over the pinot gris vines. Turanga Creek Vineyard is designed to host stunning Auckland weddings, so you can’t go wrong with them.