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Hamilton Wedding Venues - The Top 18 Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 03 Mar 2020
From the Hamilton Gardens to the coastal landscape of Raglan, Waikato has so much to offer when it comes to wedding venues. As a rural and outdoor-loving region, Hamilton and the rest of Waikato have several wedding venues that specialise in outdoor events, with features such as brilliant gardens, manicured lawns, rugged cliff sides and so much more. From quaint and charming barns to award-winning gardens, Hamilton and the Waikato Region are here to cater to your wedding venue needs. For other New Zealand wedding venue options, check out our Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch guides.
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Winner of the New Zealand Wedding Industry Awards ‘Outstanding Wedding Ceremony Venue 2019,’ as well as Global Hospitality Awards ‘Lux - Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 - Waikato,’ Waterlily Gardens is an outstanding wedding venue in the Waikato Region that outdoes itself each year. Settled between the stunning Karangahake Gorge and bustling Waihi Beach, Waterlily Gardens allows for an escape into true beauty for your wedding day. Set on 15 acres of stunning gardens, lakes and native forest, this dedicated function space will have your wedding standing out from the crowd. Waterlily Gardens is an hour from Hamilton and only 10 minutes from Waihi Beach. Their immaculate gardens and lawns provide the perfect backdrop for your wedding day, acting as a blank canvas for you to bring your wedding to life on, available for exclusive hire and with an experienced wedding coordinator on hand. Waterlily Gardens provides a series of packages and hire options for your consideration, including the basic set-up of your wedding ceremony, outdoor games and seating, tables, set-up of a wedding reception, marquees, furniture and so much more.
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Hamilton Gardens is one of Hamilton’s favourite wedding venue options. With a capacity of up to 500 guests, this wedding venue is as flexible and fun as they come. There are several themed gardens to choose from, be it their Italian Renaissance Garden or Chinoiserie Garden, with each space lending your big day a distinct atmosphere. They offer several wedding packages and allow for both public and private garden ceremonies depending on your preferences. They have a list of preferred vendors for you to choose from when it comes to catering and styling your wedding, and also offer hire options for necessities such as seating. Hamilton Gardens is the perfect venue for weddings both small and large, accommodating up to 85 in their Chartwell Seminar Room and expanding from there on out. For a trusted and gorgeous wedding venue, Hamilton Gardens is a premier choice.
The Narrows Landing
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Located in Tamahere, a mere 10 minutes from Hamilton, The Narrows Landing is a wedding venue with an eye for hosting bespoke celebrations. Their spaces include The Pirongia Deck, The Narrows Lawn and The Conservatory. They can host over 130 guests and offer a series of packages to suit your big day, including options such as a three-course meal, exclusive use of the venue, help from their friendly events management team, a night’s stay in their deluxe accommodation, and several hire options such as glassware, napkins, crockery, chairs and so much more. Their menus are tailored to your tastes, and, as a fully-licensed venue, they also offer beverage lists. The Narrows Landing is a comfortable and open space, infusing rustic appeal into a venue filled with natural light, which will make for a truly unforgettable wedding day.
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Vilagrad Winery is a family-owned and -operated winery in Waikato. This wedding venue has over 20 years of experience hosting special occasions, with a wedding coordinator to ensure that your big day runs as smoothly as possible. Vilagrad Winery offers both outdoor and indoor options for your wedding, overlooking their sprawling vineyard and serving a four-course Mediterranean-style buffet alongside their award-winning wines. Set against the backdrop of Mt Pirongia, this venue offers privacy and serenity in equal amounts, framed by the countryside and set on 20 acres of land. They offer a series of wedding packages, on-site accommodation, catering options, beverage options, entertainment options and so much more. Vilagrad Winery is a wedding venue that knows how to make your celebration truly spectacular, covering every detail with utmost care.
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Henley Hotel brings luxury to the Waikato Region. The epitome of a country wedding venue, Henley Hotel combines the beauty of nature with their luxe setting, serving as a manor-style hotel refreshed and restyled with a range of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception spaces. They cater to your wedding based on the season, with a dedicated events management team working at your side to bring your wedding vision to life. They have a duo of wedding packages for you to pick between, one of them offering exclusive use of their grounds and manor, including 13 bedrooms that will provide on-site accommodation for you and your guests. Henley Hotel also features a cute chapel, fitting up to 100 guests, and 29 acres of expertly-manicured lawns for a larger wedding celebration (up to 250 guests). Your wedding menu will be taken care of courtesy of their seasoned chef, with local produce and seasonal ingredients at the centre, alongside an extensive beverage list to pick from. Henley Hotel has a list of preferred suppliers and vendors to assist you with styling, florals, celebrants and so much more.
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Solscape is an eco venue with a firm vision of helping the planet better itself, catering for up to 100 guests. They believe in social equality and the care and restoration of the natural world. They host many events, from workshops to retreats - as well as weddings with a conscientious twist, if that’s what you’re after. As an all-in-one venue, they offer everything from accommodation to catering, staying at their eco-lodging and enjoying dining courtesy of their Conscious Kitchen. You can overlook the Tasman Sea as you say your vows or wander into the Tipi Forest for a woodland wedding. You can take advantage of Solscape’s additional options, such as relaxing massages, soothing yoga classes or surf lessons, turning your wedding into an even more exciting experience. With Solscape, you can exclusively hire out the entire venue for up to 3 days, creating a real getaway wedding that you’ll never forget.
Zealong Tea Estate
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Zealong Tea Estate’s venue space was purpose-built in the early 2010s and has a number of wedding packages to pick between. This dedicated function space offers lovely views of New Zealand’s only commercial tea plantation. There are 3 options to choose from: the Pavillion, which features plenty of natural light, an alfresco terrace and a capacity of up to 70 guests; the Vista, completed in 2016, with an indoor/outdoor flow and a capacity of 300 guests; and the Executive Suite, a smaller space for up to 25 guests, elegant and a perfect breakaway space during the wedding day. Their events team will help with the running and planning of your wedding, including details such as full set-up and cleaning, audio-visual equipment, a two-course buffet dinner and arrival drinks for your guests. They also welcome you back to the estate up to 15 months later for a high tea to celebrate your wedding day.
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Established in 1886, Plum Meadows is a country wedding venue that brings rural charm like few others. This Waikato venue is found on the green pastures of North Waikato’s rolling countryside, featuring a quaint garden, fruit orchard and rustic barn. Plum Meadows has a list of their preferred vendors and suppliers to make planning your wedding day all the simpler, being a venue-only location that allows for complete flexibility. Their wedding packages include full day hire, partial hire and photography only options for use of their beautiful garden space. For rainy day options, they have their characterful Carter’s Barn to keep everyone nice and dry. Plum Meadows has a seasoned wedding planner on hand for your convenience, who’s sure to recommend the local church (The Waerenga War Memorial Church) for an extra touch of something special. They also provide a list of nearby accommodation for your consideration.
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A private country estate, Willowbrook Park specialises in hosting fabulous weddings in fabulous style. Choose anywhere and everywhere, from their lush grounds to their opulent rooms, for your wedding. They host small to medium weddings, with their Terrace, Lawns (with a marquee, if required) and Ballroom serving as wonderful spots to do so. This Hamilton wedding venue is renowned for its splendour and classic beauty, as well as picture-perfect settings for wedding photography. With such finely manicured gardens and grand chandeliers, you're spoiled for choice when entertaining at Willowbrook Park. Additionally, they offer wedding packages to suit your needs, the first and foremost of which is their Sapphire Package, perfect for couples wanting to host a small but gorgeous wedding day. From exclusive use of Willowbrook Park to your wedding breakfast all taken care of, this Hamilton wedding venue is one of the finest.
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15 minutes from the centre of Hamilton, Woodside Estate is tucked away on 15 acres of expertly manicured gardens and lawns. With a lovely spring-fed lake and several waterfalls dotting the expansive venue, Woodside Estate is a wedding venue that offers the very best of Waikato. There are a series of spaces to choose from to host your wedding day, be it the restaurant with its magnificent wood cathedral ceilings and wrap around deck, the rustic Lake House, or any number of spaces outdoors. Choose the tranquil lakeside under a stand of Kahikatea trees, or on the verdant lawns in front of the circa 1900 Raglan Tennis Pavilion - whatever your favourite spot on Woodside Estate, your wedding is sure to be as gorgeous as you’d dreamed. With their in-house wedding coordinator, planning and organising your wedding day will be a treat with Woodside Estate.
Gail’s of Tamahere
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Gail’s of Tamahere is situated just outside of Hamilton, offering a Historical Church, beautifully landscaped gardens and a Romantic Dome for your wedding day. Their Historic Church can host up to 180 guests, built in 1867 and coming from the Thames in the Coromandel. The Romantic Dome is the perfect place to host an outdoor wedding, be it your reception, ceremony or both, combining with their peaceful grounds to serve as a lovely backdrop for your wedding. They also allow for the use of their gardens as a photoshoot option. Gail’s of Tamahere also has a warm restaurant that you and your guests can dine in, seating up to 180 and serving a bespoke menu. Additionally, Gail is happy to provide the florals for your wedding, as owners of Gail’s Floral Studio as well as owners of Gail’s of Tamahere. As international flower judges and master florists, they are happy to create tailored pieces for your wedding day, making it all the more special.
The Red Barn
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Built at the turn of the century, The Red Barn is a rural wedding venue for exclusive hire. You can host your wedding at The Red Barn, from the ceremony to the reception, in a space that can accommodate up to 140 guests. Indoors or outdoors, this venue offers stunning views of Hinuera Valley and the peaceful Lake Karapiro. The Red Barn is tucked away on acres of farmland, featuring emerald lawns and roaring outdoor fireplaces made from Hinuera Stone. The Red Barn is full of character and charm, with their team ready to help you with florals, wedding photography, on-site catering options, wedding cake options, wedding table arrangements/styling and the entertainment for the day. The Red Barn has a variety of packages and choices for you, including bespoke options, with a friendly, professional team at your side to help plan your wedding day to perfection.
Coromandel Plateau Wedding Venue
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Coromandel Plateau Wedding Venue is 2.5 acres of grassy plateau, as its name suggests, overlooking the ever-changing ocean and bush-clad ranges. Refreshing, gorgeous and the perfect spot for a wedding, this venue is a blank canvas that serves as a destination wedding spot. They put together bespoke packages for your wedding day, including options such as tent sites, photography, photoshoot options, wedding stationery, on-site accommodation, styling, planning, wedding coordination and so much more. They also offer hire options, such as tables, chairs, glassware and more. Choose to have your ceremony overlooking the ocean waves, be it under the sun or a marquee adorned with fairy lights. Your reception can unfold as a wonderful hilltop party, with plenty of lawn space and open air to enjoy. Coromandel Plateau Wedding Venue is settled on Tairua Hill, just 10 minutes North of Tairua, and is a wonderful venue choice for your Waikato wedding.
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Create lifelong memories with Rosenvale, a superb garden venue in Te Awamutu, 35 minutes from Hamilton. You can hold your entire wedding on-site, from start to finish, or choose a cosy spot that you like best. This venue specialises in hosting weddings, beloved for its photo opportunities and tranquil setting, and best known as a countryside wedding venue full of rustic and down-to-earth appeal. They also offer catering for your event but, if you’d like to hire your own, their full kitchen is available for your preferred caterer’s use. As a fully-licensed BYO venue, Rosenvale allows for full celebrations, with an airy pavilion on-site and available for dining options. Set up a marquee in one of the many manicured lawns and spread out across the entire wedding venue, or host an intimate day with your nearest and dearest at Rosenvale. No matter your type of wedding, this rustic Waikato venue will make your day.
Te Miro Woolshed
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Te Miro Woolshed is the ideal intimate wedding destination. Located in Cambridge, this wedding venue has a 100-year history as a working woolshed, built from Rimu milled from the farm and offering multiple locations for you to host your big day. Landscaped gardens, under mature trees and stables, are just some of the options for your rustic wedding adventure. Te Miro Woolshed specialises in vintage/rustic wedding packages, with an extensive host of hire options that include seating, tables, extra props and so much more. You can host your reception in the Woolshed itself, catering for up to 80 guests, with an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Te Miro Woolshed is a Waikato wedding venue with plenty of character and old-world charm, as country as it gets. This venue is perfect for weddings with a more laid back ambience, surrounded by nature and full of candid photo opportunities.
The Olde Creamery
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The Olde Creamery is a boutique wedding venue, hosting up to 60 guests and providing an intimate, warm setting for your Waikato wedding. Constructed in 1892, this historic building lends a certain charm to your wedding day, framed by flourishing gardens and private land. You can host your ceremony and reception at The Olde Creamery, with a number of flexible packages to pick between. The Olde Creamery offers on-site accommodation at their Rose Cottage (part of the Creamery Homestead Villa), as well as the option of a high tea wedding reception in their English Courtyard. If you’d prefer a buffet-style meal, they’re happy to cater to that. The Creamery Homestead Villa is also available to hire, making for an ideal space for the bride and/or groom to break away with their respective parties or get ready before the ceremony.
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In the heart of Ohaupo Village (5 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from Hamilton), Windy Ridge is a wedding venue that can host up to 200 guests. They have two private spaces for your wedding: The Secret Garden function room and The Cellar function room. The Secret Garden Room seats up to 200 people and has its own bar, as well as stunning sunset views of Mt Pirongia. The Cellar Room comfortably seats up to 80 people for a wedding, featuring “Grand Hotel” décor with large sun-lit windows, polished floors, high ceilings, chandeliers, a private courtyard, and the latest audiovisual technology. Windy Ridge offers several wedding packages, as well as photo locations for wedding photography and bespoke menu options. They specialise in hosting romantic and intimate wedding events, ensuring that your day will run exactly as you’d planned.
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A historic New Zealand Homestead and Garden Estate established in the 1870s, Woodlands Estate is a wedding venue surrounded by 8 acres of blossoming gardens and flourishing farmland. Over the years, the homestead has been carefully restored and preserved. It now serves as a purpose-built function centre, with an ambience that makes it ideal for hosting weddings. The Gardens, awarded a 5 star Garden of National Significance rating by New Zealand Garden Trust, offer up many photo locations for wedding ceremonies and engagement shoots alike. 15 minutes from Hamilton, Woodlands Estate is nestled in the heart of Waikato, with a capacity of 150 guests and multiple spaces to choose from. Their Wisteria Room opens into the adjoining lawn, providing an easy indoor/outdoor flow. Partnered with Kerr & Ladbrook Catering, Woodlands Estate has catering options as well as nearby accommodation options to choose from.
Red Shed Palazzo
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Winner of Rural Café of the Year, Red Shed Palazzo is situated just 1km off the Drury off-ramp, surrounded by gardens and greenery. This eatery is stylish and relaxed, with plenty of lawn space to hold your wedding. There are water features and age-old trees framing the space, with on-site catering options and plenty of photo opportunities. As a more intimate wedding venue, Red Shed Palazzo is ideal for smaller, lowkey wedding events. Their fully-licensed café has Mac’s Gold on tap and a full range of Mount Riley wines, taking care of your beverage list with ease. This little oasis in the Waikato Region is available for hire in the late afternoon and evenings, making for a perfect twilight wedding spot. Draping the bushes and trees in twinkle lights will transform Red Shed Palazzo into a magical wedding destination, just as it’s intended to be.