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19 of the Best Dunedin Wedding Venues
by Avya Trotter-Hlavac | 03 Oct 2023
Dunedin is the city for those seeking a wedding venue with a touch of old-world charm. Much of the town's infrastructure still holds classical Victorian and Edwardian elements, evident in the region's wedding venues. From castles to art galleries, homesteads to theatres - Dunedin is bursting with iconic venues to make history. Here's our list of 19 of the best wedding venues to be found in Dunedin. If you’re after more New Zealand wedding venue inspiration, take a look at our Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch wedding venue guides.
Dunedin Art Gallery
Established in 1884, Dunedin Public Art Gallery was New Zealand's first Art Gallery and remains one of the country's four major metropolitan art galleries today. Within walking distance of Dunedin CBD, the Gallery has a range of unique event spaces for event hosting, including a conference room, auditorium, foyer and specialised wedding space. Thanks to full licensing and tailored event packages - you can have your event amidst stellar exhibitions at Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Larnach Castle is a wedding venue fit for a Queen (or King). Built in 1874, this impressive medievalesque castle showcases classical architecture and intricate detailing. The gardens create a breathtaking ceremony location, while the grand Ballroom can accommodate 200 seated dinner guests. Just 10 minutes from Dunedin, delve into a past era at Larnach Castle.
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Have your very own night at the museum in the heart of Dunedin. An understated yet iconic venue, Otago Museum has beautiful galleries, theatres, and versatile spaces of varying sizes. In partnership with Dunedin’s most prestigious catering firm and suppliers, the team at Otago Museum will help you make history.
Grandview Gardens is a comprehensive BYO wedding venue located at the foothills of the Maungatua, Dunedin. The tree-lined property includes many beautiful spaces, including the rustic barn-like reception venue. With an A-frame ceiling and a roaring fire, this venue sets the scene for a Southland wedding like no other.
Orokonui is a 100% non-profit Ecosanctuary just 20 minutes from Dunedin. With a cathedral-like Atrium overlooking the forest and the sound of South Island Kaka, New Zealand Pigeon and Bellbirds as your soundtrack - Orokonui is a wedding venue like no other.
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Flaxes is a beautiful riverside venue in Central Otago. Designed to host relaxed, BYO weddings - Flaxes includes a sheltered Severy, bar, kitchen, BBQ facilities and cabins sleeping up to 29 guests.
The Longhouse Tirimoana Whare Roa is a wellness retreat and event venue overlooking Karitane Beach and the Otago Coastline. This coastal property includes a kitchen garden, an outdoor fire pit, a spa pool, a natural amphitheatre and direct beach access. The perfect seaside getaway, The Longhouse is located just 30 minutes from Dunedin.
Harbourside Grill is a waterfront restaurant and wedding venue minutes from Dunedin City. With an industrial and modern feel, the dining space has large windows showcasing direct ocean views and can host anywhere from 60 to 200 guests. Dedicated to supporting local, the menu offers freshly caught seafood served with seasonal produce.
The Long Room
The Long Room offers a sophisticated yet affordable space for celebrations and corporate functions. Located within the University of Otago Oval - The Long Room is a premium venue overlooking the cricket grounds and hosting up to 200 guests. With an onsite kitchen, excellent catering partners and a licensed bar, The Long Room makes for a smooth sailing event.
The Corstorphine House is a historic Otago homestead with an undeniable 1800s feel. Picturesque in every sense of the word, the property has acres of native bush, waterfalls, gardens and water fountains. You can have your ceremony in the garden, followed by cocktails on the upper lawn and your reception in the refurbished conservatory.
Otago Golf Club
Otago Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course and event venue just 10 minutes from Dunedin CBD. No stranger to hosting weddings, conferences, seminars and Christmas celebrations - Otago Golf Club presents an event space that overlooks manicured greens and native bush. With a variety of lounging areas, catering solutions and bar staff - discover Otago Golf Club for your Dunedin event.
Regent Theatre is a Dunedin venue that captures the essence of the theatre in the 1920s. A glamorous backdrop for your wedding day, Regent Theatre blends old-world charm with modern facilities.
Dunedin Centre is a multi-faceted venue in the heart of Dunedin. With many spaces, from the grand Dunedin Town Hall to the convenient conference rooms, Dunedin Centre is not only an architectural masterpiece but an all-encompassing event venue.
Port Molyneux School
Kiwi charm meets modernity at this stunning New Zealand wedding venue. An hour from Dunedin, Molyneux School is perched on a hillside overlooking the ocean. The Reception Hall can seat up to 80 guests with ample space for the bar & dance floor, all with stunning views of Port Molyneux Bay.
Glenfalloch Restaurant and Garden
Glenfalloch is set within a beautiful woodland garden on Dunedin’s stunning Otago Peninsula. With over 140 years of botanical heritage, Glenfalloch sets a magical scene for your wedding from ceremony to reception.
The Mornington Taphouse is a hilltop gem overlooking Dunedin City. With 16 TVs and in-house TAB, it's the best place in town to watch live sports. The Mornington Taphouse also has a range of function rooms available to hire for any occasion. Complete with sumptuous wines, refreshments and tasty eats delivered with first-class service - The Mornington Taphouse is perfect for your event, day or night.