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19 of the Best Dunedin Wedding Venues
by Georgia Burgess | 22 Apr 2021
Dunedin is an enchanting New Zealand city found on the South Island's east coast. Its coordinates place it between windswept cliffs and the alluring Pacific Ocean. The coastal region is filled with colonies of albatross, sea lions and yellow-eyed penguins. Much of the town's infrastructure still holds classical Victorian and Edwardian elements. Dunedin has a range of wedding venues which include classical architecture, nationally recognised gardens and unique modern spaces. We've put together a list of 19 of the best wedding venues found in and around Dunedin. If you’re after more New Zealand wedding venue inspiration, take a look at our Wellington, Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch wedding venue guides.
Glenfalloch Restaurant and Garden
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Glenfalloch Restaurant and Garden is an award-winning restaurant and is the perfect Dunedin venue to host your wedding. This highly-regarded event and wedding venue is located on the Otago Peninsula, surrounded by a woodland garden showcasing over 140 years of botanical heritage. Say your vows amongst New Zealand native bush and an array of blooming flowers. The dining experience at Glenfalloch is sure to impress. Their menu is contrived with fresh produce, local ingredients, artisan suppliers and an outstanding on-site chef. The team at Glenfalloch will be happy to accommodate any special requests and are capable event planners so you can dine and dance your heart away.
Larnach Castle & Gardens
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Make your special day memorable in the historic Larnach Castle and Gardens. This Dunedin wedding venue has been carefully and lovingly restored from an 1874 castle to a traditional events venue today. The impressive medievalesque castle is surrounded by acres of award-winning gardens, where you can choose to say ‘I do’. The grounds can host up to 350 people; you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of big and small spaces to personalise your wedding day. The building is intricately decorated with chandeliers, marble floors and rife with classical architecture; there's a reception space that’ll surely take your breath away. They can provide exquisite catering services along with an experienced team of staff to make sure the day runs smoothly.
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Grandview Gardens is a Dunedin wedding venue located only 3 km from the city's airport and nestled in the foothills of the Maunagatua. The private gardens offer a stunning backdrop to host your wedding day. The wedding photos will be extra special with backdrops such as a lavender paddock, water features, a pond, rowboat, stone hut, aviaries, and native forest. A stylish, old rustic barn can play host to your reception, while still incorporating a great indoor-outdoor flow back into the gardens. The team at Grandview Gardens are experts at organising weddings. They can assist with individual wedding planning, from the get-go through to rehearsal and your big day. They have some fantastic contacts with bands, photographers, caterers, celebrants, alcohol suppliers, bus companies, accommodation and florists so you can have the wedding of your dreams.
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The beautiful Orokonui Ecosanctuary will guarantee your wedding day will be blissful and relaxing. This serene Dunedin wedding venue is only 20 minutes from the town centre, but you will still feel away from it all. The sanctuary is working hard to bring back locally extinct species into Dunedin. Your ceremony may be accompanied by a few extra guests such as the South Island Kaka, New Zealand Pigeon or the Bellbird. You can hold your reception in their modern and award-winning visitor centre. The wedding venue has high curved ceilings with external wooden beams blending seamlessly into the surroundings - the perfect frame for your wedding day. There is a range of interesting spaces where you can host the dining, something to suit every couple. The ecosanctuary has on-site catering options or allow you to bring in the catering of your choice.
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Flaxes Retreat is a cheerful, homely and affordable wedding venue in Dunedin. Based alongside the peaceful Shag River and 50 minutes from Dunedin, you'll be in the middle of the alluring Otago countryside. The Flaxes’ buildings were developed by teachers in the 1950s and served for many years as an education centre. The Dunedin venue is now a popular space to stay, host events and weddings. They can cater for up to 80 people in their outdoor courtyard and also have accommodation for 28 people so your wedding celebrations don't have to be cut short. The grounds have many spaces, indoor and outdoor, so you can craft your day as you wish. They are flexible about catering and are more than happy to help out with the organisation. The check out is at 2 pm the following day so you can enjoy a brunch with your loved ones.
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Harbourside Grill is a premium waterfront restaurant only minutes from Dunedin city centre. This is a great Dunedin wedding venue, with seaside views and delicious produce straight from the ocean. They support local and seasonal suppliers to ensure your meals are fresh. The building has a modern and industrial feel, with large glass windows looking straight out to sea. The warm and light space can host up to 60 guests in the south end or 200 hundred guests in their main building and courtyard. They have a designated wedding menu but are happy to cater to your preferences. The on-site bar and duty manager can supply all your refreshment requests.
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Otago Museum is a central wedding venue that is a veteran when it comes to running events. The longstanding iconic Dunedin wedding venue is found in the middle of the city, a great location that is easy for everyone to access. The museum has a lush variety of five wedding spaces to choose from. These include the science gallery, theatres, the balcony the atrium or even a tropical forest filled with butterflies. Their experience in the events industry means you won’t have to lift a finger. You’ll be assigned an event manager, here to help with equipment hire, on-site audiovisual assistance and on-site catering. Otago Museum will effortlessly play host to your big day.
Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge
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Heritage Leisure Lodge in Dunedin is a well-respected accommodation choice that also has some great wedding ceremony and reception spaces. The lodge is situated only 5 minutes from the city centre and placed on 2 acres of stunning gardens - perfect to accompany your Dunedin wedding day. Inside, outside or a mix of both, they have space, decorations and experienced staff to help bring together the day you’ve always dreamt of. The indoor facilities are a natural beauty, made from stone and high arch ceilings. These spaces out of the elements can seat up to 70 for a dine-in dinner. The Lodge is also right next to the Dunedin Botanical Gardens, so if you haven’t had your flower fix you can get some more wedding photos next door. Of course, you won’t have to worry about accommodation either, as this well respected Heritage site has a variety of elegant options.
The Long Room
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The Long Room is a premier Dunedin wedding venue. Its broody and classic interior can host up to 200 hundred guests. This large venue can easily be altered to make an intimate or roomy space for your wedding. The Longroom is centrally located in Dunedin town with parking options on-site. Its central location makes accommodation options in town easily accessible. The venue is brimming with traditional leather couches, dark wooden furniture and large glass windows that offer views of the perfectly manicured international cricket ground. They have on-site catering options but also allow you to bring caterers in. This Dunedin wedding venue has a fully licensed bar on-site and can provide a duty manager. You can pop in to view the venue during weekday hours to see if it ticks all the boxes for your special day.
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The Corstorphine House is an important player in Otago's history involved in many political convocations. Built in 1848 by one of the original pioneers of Otago, the estate still retains much of that 1800s feel. This stunning Dunedin wedding venue is only 5 minutes from the city centre and is set on 9 acres of native bush, waterfalls, gardens and fountains. You can have your dream garden ceremony followed by cocktails on the upper lawn then a reception in the refurbished conservatory. This wedding venue will provide you with a coordinator to make sure the day runs without fault. Their preferred caterers are BB Catering who are happy to perfect the menu to your taste. Finish the perfect day with a stay in one of Costopines’s private guest suites.
Wylde Willow Garden
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Have the garden wedding of your dreams at this award-winning Dunedin wedding venue. Wylde Willow Garden has acquired a national garden of significance award and is only 15 minutes from the town centre. The popular venue is a frequent host of garden weddings with 5 beautiful garden venues to choose from. The lovely Abbotts Creek ripples through these gardens, along with woodlands, rhododendrons, maples, roses and magnolias - a superb setting to tie the knot. They provide seating, tables and linen, as well as spectacular spots for wedding photos. They have suitable facilities for drinks and nibbles after the wedding ceremony.
Dunedin Art Gallery
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Dunedin Art Gallery is one of New Zealand's 4 major metropolitan art galleries. Established in 1884, the Gallery was New Zealand’s first Art Gallery. Along with stellar exhibitions, they have unique spaces for hosting a wedding. The Gallery is located in Dunedin town centre and is within walking distance of some great accommodation options. Their experienced staff will be able to scout the location that’ll work best for your wedding. Wedding packages at the art gallery can be tailored to include canapes, champagne on arrival and a grand entrance down the Gallery’s staircase. You can dine in the ODT Gallery under the sparkling glass ceiling. The Gallery is fully licensed and you have the option to use your choice of a caterer if you'd prefer. This Dunedin wedding venue is a great choice if you're after a bright and creative wedding.
Otago Golf Club
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The historic Otago Golf Club offers elegant lounges and spaces to host your wedding. Founded in 1871, this 18 hole golf course is regarded as one of the best in the South Island. This Dunedin wedding venue is only 10 minutes from the city centre. Host your reception while looking out onto the serene golf course which is well manicured and surrounded by native bush. They have a variety of lounges where you can host your reception with a capacity of 150. Their event expertise will ensure your day is effortless. Caterers, bar staff and event managers are all sourced as part of the wedding package. Hire includes all tables, chairs, table linen, crockery, glassware and cutlery. Any extra equipment you may require is available on request.
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Make your day truly unforgettable at the Regent Theatre. If you’re after a unique Dunedin wedding experience, where you will undoubtedly be the centre of attention, look no further. The Regent Theatre is abundant with history. It opened on 1st June 1928 as a 2000 seat cinema - the interior is still elaborately decorated capturing the essence of the theatre scene at the time. The Dunedin events centre has detailed high ceilings, a grand staircase and dining area. Say your vows centre stage in the limelight of this old school theatre before making your way to the modern reception area. The team at the Regent Theatre would be delighted to make your day as glamorous as possible. They can help you organise the ceremony and help you choose the reception area best suited to your wedding.
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The Savoy is a timeless Dunedin wedding venue, located centrally in the town centre. The building has been a functions centre since 1910 so you can be assured you’re in capable hands. Classically romantic, The Savoy is filled with oak panels, open fires, chandeliers and ornate ceilings. A popular place to tie the knot, they have a range of ceremony and reception options which can cater for up to 250 guests. The Tudor Hall is a popular spot for larger weddings, with a dance floor and live band included in the package. They have an in-house kitchen team to cook up the wedding feast of your dreams.
The Dunedin Centre
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The grand Dunedin Centre offers only the very best in venues and spaces. This Dunedin wedding venue is a large-scale establishment, with a large range of spaces to choose from. Its beautiful exterior is reminiscent of the 1900s. They offer event management, on-site catering and have wheelchair access. There is a collection of buildings in the centre that can host events. The Glenroy Auditorium and Fullwood Room are popular choices for wedding receptions, with room for up to 220 in a banquet style. This Dunedin events centre is the perfect elixir of classic and practical for your wedding venue.
River Ridge Retreat
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Have a very special wedding experience at River Ridge Retreat, surrounded by nature's wonders and unspoilt grounds. This wedding venue is located around 1 hour 30 minutes from the Dunedin town centre, away from it all in the captivating Catlins area. River Ridge Retreat is a specialised wedding venue with years of experience in running seamless weddings. The retreat is encapsulated by 15 acres of waterfalls, gardens and magical ceremony sites. The retreat also doubles as luxury accommodation and can sleep up to 80 guests. Their wedding packages can be tailored to include: catering, photos, makeup, decorations, invitations, hair and furniture. If you want a wedding where every aspect has been covered, look no further than River Ridge retreat.
Port Molyneux School
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Classic kiwi charm meets modern at this alluring wedding venue. The establishment is around 1 hour from Dunedin's town centre in the wild and inspiring Catlins. Port Molyneux School was founded by a New Zealand couple on the search for the perfect wedding venue. The derelict school was given a fresh makeover and is now a popular host for weddings. The wedding venue is perched hillside with a view of the ocean. They have a range of ceremony and reception spaces for 120 people, a kitchen, bar area with BYO licence and quality accommodation options. Your wedding photos won’t be lacking with the coastal Catlins scenery on the doorstep; Nugget Point is a popular lighthouse and of course the enthralling east coast beaches. The team at Port Molyneux School hold environmental and social values close to their hearts - they even recycle bottles themselves to make sand material which they will use on landscaping.
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The Mornington Tavern is an experienced events centre located right in the heart of Dunedin. Their multipurpose site has a range of modern rooms to host your big day. The team is professional and will make the experience hassle-free and enjoyable. It is hard to find a large scale central Dunedin wedding venue, and The Mornington Tavern can host up to 250 so you won’t have to worry about cutting the list short. However, the capacity doesn’t mean attention to detail is lost either. There’s a large dance floor so celebrations can continue after dark. If you’re after the perfect mix of quality and practicality, The Mornington Tavern could be the choice for you.
The Long House
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The Long House is a boutique lodge that also doubles as a wedding venue. The popular establishment is just 30 minutes north of Dunedin and truly feels a world away from the hustle of the city. The Longhouse overlooks the entrancing Karitane beach and Otago coastline. The relaxing environment has multiple spaces to host your ceremony and reception and is more suited for an intimate group of up to 100 guests. They have an on-site kitchen with a delectable menu which incorporates seasonal and local produce. Complete the day by putting your feet up in one of their cliffside private suites. Enjoy the next morning with a breakfast crafted by their senior chef.