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The 19 Best Hawkes Bay Wedding Venues
by Georgia Burgess | 12 Mar 2020
Hawkes Bay is a coastal region lying on the east coast of the North Island. Known as the food and wine region, it's home to many great vineyards and restaurants. The cities are reminiscent of the art deco period, where you'll find many colourful and unique spaces. From coast to country you'll find a diverse range of wedding venues that can play host to your special day. Wineries, art deco houses, historic homesteads, vibrant gardens and many more take form as great Hawkes Bay wedding venues. If you're after more New Zealand wedding venue inspiration, you can check out our Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton and Christchurch wedding venue guides.
Oruawharo Homestead Limited
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Elegance and tradition are combined delicately at this Hawkes Bay wedding venue. 150 years ago, the building was constructed for personal use. Since then, it has seen a lot from hosting a WW1 army camp to being a traditional hunting grounds. The building has been restored since its hay days, but still has much of its Victorian architecture. They have extensive well-kept grounds perfect for saying 'I do'. A large veranda accompanies the garden space so you can make the most of the sun. If you'd prefer an indoor ceremony, you can choose from the Ballroom or the grand stairway. Vincents Chapel next to the homestead is the perfect spot for a romantic reception. The venue can seat up to 150 and is wood-lined with classical stained glass windows.
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This wedding venue is another traditional homestead with magnificent gardens and lots of character. Gwavas Gardens are known for their blossoming gardens which provide a vibrant backdrop for your wedding day. This Hawkes Bay Wedding venue is located just over 30 minutes from Napier. It's tucked away in the countryside so you'll feel well away from it all. There's a dining hall, billiard room and commercial kitchen on-site so the celebrations can continue after your vows. They are fully licensed and can provide all your beverage requirements. They have a list of preferred caterers to craft the meal of your dreams. The team at Gwavas will be happy to help arrange your special day. Of course, your wedding wouldn't be complete without a stay in one of their stunning suites.
Cape Estate Event & Wedding Venue
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Cape Estate is a humble country residence situated on elevated land which overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The stunning view on looks surrounding vineyards, the Hawkes Bay countryside and Napier Hill before greeting the ocean. This Hawkes Bay wedding venue is only 20 minutes from either Hastings or Napier. Your ceremony can be set in their expansive garden with a beautiful fairy-lit marquee to host the reception. They have established contacts in the wedding industry including caterers, lighting, music, furniture, florists and photographers. These contacts will be able to tie all the details together with a craft consistent theme throughout. This charming coastal venue is extraordinary and a great choice if you want to customise your wedding fully.
River House Hawkes Bay
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River House is a beautifully modern homestead set on acres of country land and vineyards. The venue is set only meters from the Tuki Tuki River which greets the edge of the property. Stunning views fill the space with Mt Kahurankai and Te Mata Peak, the main stars. They have some great outdoor spaces where you can hold your ceremony and reception. These include three lawned areas, 2 sheltered courtyards and a pool area - the choice is yours. If you want an outdoor wedding, there is adequate space for a marquee on the lawn. They own and operate a marquee business too, so are well equipped to help find you the perfect one as well as assemble it for you. The lovely homestead can also sleep 10 people, so some of the party can stay if they wish.
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Chapelwick is a popular estate located in the Hawkes Bay countryside with a view of Porangahau beach. The elegant homestead was established in 1854 and still has preserved many elements of the 1800s. It has been renovated since it was first built to serve as a luxury bed and breakfast. The estate is 18 acres filled with lush gardens, a tennis court, an orchard, pool, petanque, croquet lawn, stables, farm animals and its historic Chapel. The Chapel is a perfect traditional setting for your ceremony to take place. You can also choose from one of their many gardens to say your vows. You'll find a vast range of photo opportunities across the sprawling estate. Enjoy your reception on the lawn under a marquee dangling with fairy lights or for a more intimate wedding you can find yourself in the elegant dining room. You can treat yourself to a stay in one of their luxury suites for an unforgettable experience. This Hawkes Bay wedding venue is the perfect combination of modern and traditional.
The Old Church
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As its name suggests, The Old Church is a testament to the beauty and architecture of the colonial time, with high ceilings and a dazzling chandelier. If you want a classically romantic wedding, The Old Church is the venue for you. It has 3 separate spaces: The Old Church itself, The Conservatory, and The Courtyard Garden and Bar. These spaces can meld into 1, or be crafted into a more intimate setting. Inside the Old Church, high ceilings intertwine with hand-shaped windows for a traditional setting. The sun-filled conservatory backs onto the Church so you can make the most of the warmth. After the ceremony, you can make your way to the Courtyard Garden and Bar for celebratory drinks. The total capacity of this Hawkes Bay wedding venue is 175 guests. A 10-minute drive from central Napier, The Old Church has been lovingly restored and converted into an event venue for classy vibes, with the choices of on-site accommodation and catering if required.
Black Barn Vineyard
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Black Barn Vineyard is a sprawling premise set in the heart of the Hawkes Bay countryside. You can have your perfect country wedding set amongst the rolling hills covered with grapes. They have six different spaces you can choose to host your weddings. They all range in price and area so you can find something to suit. The Olive Shed is a renovated rustic space perfect for up to 100 guests. The Black Barn Bistro is a modern space with a lovely courtyard which can seat up to 150. The Underground Cellar is an intimate and broody space located below ground with stunning candlelit surrounds. The Marketplace is a tipi style tent, filled with sunshine, that can seat up to 120. Their last choice is the 'Offsite' option, and this allows you to venture into their farmland. This option is crafted from scratch and found right next to the serene Tuki Tuki river. This Hawkes Bay wedding venue has endless choices when it comes to selecting your wedding space. They also have high-quality accommodation so you can soak up the stunning venue for a day longer.
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If tranquillity, intimacy and stunning surrounds are vital components to your wedding, look no further than Greenhill Lodge. The historic Hawkes Bay Wedding Venue is located only 25 minutes from Napier and 15 minutes to Havelock North. It's nestled on a hilltop in the heart of New Zealand's food and wine country. They limit the number of weddings at their luxurious venue to retain their exclusivity and uniqueness. The gardens are an excellent choice for a romantic ceremony or on the pavilion. Smaller groups can use the homestead for the reception; otherwise, a beautiful marquee can be placed on the lawn. You can complete the experience with a stay in their award-winning suite rooms.
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This vibrant Hawkes Bay wedding venue is set in beautiful gardens and accompanied by quaint buildings. The main house is bright blue, a throwback to the Art Deco period. The grounds are filled with orchards and lush native bush. You can have your fairytale garden wedding on the lawn, under a tipi marquee which is included in the package. In the same package, you'll also receive two nights their house and four spots in the Lotus Belle tents for glamping. The house and tents are set in a garden wonderland so that you can enjoy a peaceful stay. Meadowood has a bohemian feel and could be the perfect backdrop to your wedding.
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Ormlie Lodge sits pretty in the heart of Hawkes Bay. The boutique lodge dates back to 1899 and is full of history. The inside has now been modernised to serve as accommodation but holds its old-world charm. You can say 'I do' in a variety of spaces. Choose from the romantic garden spaces or the classical Ballroom. Your guests can enjoy all the wonders the homestead has to offer after the formalities. You can share the company of up to 150 guests for the wedding reception. They craft only the best menus to suit your taste; ingredients sourced locally. You can stay in one of their 6 luxury suites and enjoy a delightful breakfast the next day.
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Moana Park is a prestigious winery set in the countryside of Hawkes Bay. Spend your day with amazing views of the winery and the Tutaekuri River only minutes away. They only accept 5 weddings per year to preserve their uniqueness. You can rest assured your wedding will be unique and unlike anything you've seen before. They are talented event planners and can help you source only the best food, cars, photographers, bands, celebrants, flowers and cakes. Of course, they can spoil you with their Moana Park wines. The predominantly outdoor venue boasts a massive fire pit and lawn space for a marquee. Their events coordinator will happily be the first point of contact for your special day.
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This charming Edwardian villa is located in the heart of Hawkes Bay wine country. The homestead is surrounded by well-maintained gardens, and views of the rolling countryside. You will feel a world away, but this Hawkes Bay wedding venue is only 10 minutes from Hastings and Havelock North. There are lovely verandah and garden spaces for a special ceremony. Afterwards, guests can enjoy the grounds and some outdoor games. For bigger groups, you can set up a marquee on the lawn or else the candlelit dining room can accommodate more intimate groups. Undoubtedly you can treat yourself to a stay in one of their luxury suites.
East Pier Hotel
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East Pier Hotel is a gorgeous establishment found on the waterfront in Napier. The Hawkes Bay wedding venue is placed on the historic port area of Ahuriri and is the oldest beachfront dining venue in the area. You'll have the best location and views at East Pier Hotel. Have your ceremony in the beachfront park beside the hotel or on their Ocean Suite. The Ocean Suite can host 250 people, with a private bar, two decks and panoramic views of the ocean. You can dance the night away in the spacious suite, with all wedding components happily organised by the team at East Pier Hotel. Finish the day with a stay in their boutique suites, and you can wake up to more stunning ocean views.
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Only a few minutes from Havelock North and you'll stumble upon Savana Estate. In the heart of New Zealand wine country, this boutique Hawkes Bay wedding venue is truly special. No wedding is too big or small; they have a variety of spaces to match your style. They have an ample lawn space framed by the rolling hills of Hawkes Bay for a stunning backdrop. You can dine outside in the country air, in the woodland grove or hire out the main lodge as a dining venue - the choice is yours. They'll help you select the best caterers, photographers and other wedding services to suit your taste and budget. After the big day, you can take refuge in one of their Chalets or in the lodge itself.
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Have a unique and personalised wedding at Elephant Hill. The vineyard is situated within a stone's throw of the Pacific Ocean on the Te Awanga coast. This Hawkes Bay wedding venue only hosts a handful of weddings each year to ensure each is special. There is a range of four spaces to choose from. The Dining room can seat 80 guests and has a lovely view of the vineyard. The Vineyard room is an intimate space at the southern end of the restaurant, and large glass windows allow views of the vines to Cape Kidnappers. The Barrel Room is a glass room in the wine cellar. The room is broody and classical filled with wine barrels in the middle of the aging process. The Balcony Suites are two separate suites located upstairs. On offer is a panoramic view of the surrounding vineyard extending to Napier and Cape Kidnappers. Elephant hill has a vast range of options to complement your style and taste. Their luxury lodge is a great place to conclude the wedding day.
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This Hawkes Bay wedding venue is also a well-established vineyard producing the award-winning Clearview range of wines. Founded in 1987, Clearview Estate was set up in Te Awanga on the Cape Coast Hawkes Bay cycle trail. The Mediterranean inspired premise is home to the 'Red Shed', which is a popular restaurant. Surrounded by olive trees and vineyards, you'll have the perfect backdrop for your wedding day. The restaurant is an excellent place for the reception and can host up to 100 guests either indoors, or in the courtyard and pavilion areas. Their head chef creates a premium dining experience to fit your taste. Of course, their premium wines will be served as a part of the experience. The classical Clearview Homestead is an excellent place to put your feet up after your big day.
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The Dome is an iconic Napier building located in the town centre. The waterfront Hawkes Bay wedding venue is a popular choice. Their 5-star accommodation also has some great spaces to host a wedding. If you'd prefer an outdoor ceremony, there are plenty of well-kept parks nearby to enjoy serene vows. You can then make your way to The Dome to dine in their grand dining room or a more intimate space looking over the city. The choice is yours, you can pick the caterers, room layout and beverages all with the help of the team at The Dome. After you've celebrated into the night, you can bask in all the luxury that The Dome's suites have to offer. Pamper yourself with a spa, champagne breakfast or local winery tour the next day.
Napier Function Centre
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The well-established Napier Function Centre, also known as the Round House, sits on the edge of the Ahuriri Marina. The stunning waterfront views carry on into their large wedding room. They are experienced event planners so you can be assured your day will run smoothly. Their exceptional on-site facilities make life easy in regards to the planning component. Enjoy your meal with the caterer of your choice with views of the blissful harbour. Their all-inclusive services include staff, buffet options, pre-dinner canapes, full bar and adjacent accommodation. They are located in the art deco town centre of Napier so your guests won't have any troubles reaching you.
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This luxury homestead is situated just 20 minutes from Havelock North, with panoramic views of the rolling hills and the coast. Cape South allows for a bespoke wedding in their French colonial-style homestead and grounds. There are many spaces to hold the ceremony, all with the ability to meld to your style and taste. Host your ceremony on the grounds, verandah or gardens. Enjoy all the wonders Cape South has to offer with full access to their well-kept grounds. Guests can then make their way to the reception under a marquee on the lawn or for smaller groups inside the home. The bridal party, friends and family can all stay in the lodge style accommodation. You can indulge in their heated magnesium pool, infra-red sauna gym and yoga studio.