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Northland Wedding Venues - The Top 15 Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 01 Jul 2020
The Northland Region does rustic charm like no other. From homey and cosy wedding venues to sprawling gardens, there’s a variety of wedding venues for you to explore. Finding the perfect spot to host your wedding can be quite the task, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best Northland wedding venues for you to peruse. You can host your wedding in a luxurious treehouse, or do something a bit more traditional and opt for a cushy hotel wedding - whichever you choose, Northland has the right wedding venue for you. If you’re looking for our complete guide to the region, you can find it here. If you’re after our other wedding venue guides, you can check out these Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton, Waiheke and Christchurch guides.
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Zane Grey’s brings you a waterfront restaurant with stunning views and spaces filled with natural light. Zane Grey’s is a wedding venue that specialises in hosting cosy receptions with a diverse and delicious menu. This Northland wedding venue brings you bespoke catering and impeccable service, guaranteeing an unforgettable wedding reception. Zane Grey’s is located in the centre of Paihia, making it a convenient wedding venue for hire surrounded by the sea and wide-open vistas. A mere 25 minutes from Kerikeri National Airport, travelling to and from this Northland wedding venue is a cinch. They’re in close proximity to both Kerikeri and Waitangi, expanding accommodation opens and making them an excellent venue option for a destination wedding.
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Northland’s favourite garden wedding venue, Liddington Gardens is located in the Bay of Islands and does weddings like no other. With perfectly manicured lawns, wide-open spaces and a picturesque setting all around, this Northland wedding venue offers you both privacy and exclusivity. They have a range of wedding packages for you to choose from, with their Creative Director at the helm to ensure that your special day is exactly that. The consultation with Liddington Gardens is complimentary, so you can rest assured that your first window in the beauty of this Northland venue has no strings attached. For an unparalleled experience, choose Liddington Gardens.
Willows on Abbey
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For a countryside wedding in Northland, Willows on Abbey is the answer. Tranquil, gorgeous and exclusively yours on your wedding day, this Northland wedding venue boasts several purpose-designed spaces around the property for your wedding, as well as event coordination assistance, friendly service, a gazebo, pergolas, ample on-site parking, audiovisual equipment and on-site accommodation at their comfortable bed and breakfast. Providing you with options upon options for your big day, Willows on Abbey is a fully-equipped Northland wedding venue that can host up to 150 guests. They give you the chance to host a rustic wedding in a stunning location and are eager to help you make your wedding dreams come true.
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The country meets the coast at Baylys’ Farm. Located in Waitangi, this Northland wedding venue has been operating since 1837. It features 2000 acres of breathtaking farmland, right beside sandy beaches and the Pacific Ocean. Their private beachfront venue is a wonderful spot for a ceremony with a view, accompanied by a marquee reception or the woolshed, which creates a rustic atmosphere for indoor receptions. Their wedding package includes the marquee, accommodating up to 150 guests, along with wooden dining tables and chairs. Host your reception, ceremony or both at Baylys’ Farm. As a dry-hire and BYO wedding venue in Northland, they are committed to bringing you flexibility and freedom.
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You can plan your perfect Kiwi beach wedding with Dolphin Bay, a Northland wedding venue overlooking Mahinepua Bay. Settled on 10 acres of beautiful and secluded coastal property and with access to two private beaches, you can have your ceremony on the beachfront itself or the clifftop featuring panoramic sea views. Dolphin Bay gives you total freedom when it comes to planning your Northland wedding, alongside the help of their seasoned wedding planner to help with the organisation and styling of the event. Other facilities and perks include unique and contemporary Capri Marquees, Chiavari chairs, on-site catering options, and so much more. Whether you’re after a laidback wedding at the beach or a luxe, grand affair, Dolphin Bay is here to make your wedding dreams a reality.
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Seronera is settled in the Bay of Islands, offering a serene country garden experience in the heart of Kerikeri. You can host your wedding in this natural space, a semi-circular river-bound property with a backdrop of draping gums. From a winding rose tunnel to a geometrical box hedged herb garden, there is no shortage of beauty at Seronera Gardens. This Northland wedding venue allows for both outdoor and indoor weddings, featuring a covered Pavillion that has been purpose-built for weddings. This building has Gothic windows and a flood of natural light, making it an ideal space for your ceremony. As a destination wedding, Seronera Gardens has a variety of ways to make wedding planning easier, from a dedicated events coordinator to a resident wedding celebrant.
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Be it a vineyard or beachside wedding, Carrington Estate has the space for you. Priding themselves as a Northland wedding destination, this flexible venue offers so much for your big day. Carrington Estate is situated on the lovely Karikari Peninsula, with spaces for your reception, ceremony, engagement party, and so much more. You can request their wedding pack to find out more about their versatile facilities, including on-site accommodation, mouth-watering catering options, golfing, spa treatments and other activities. From exclusive accommodation in their luxurious villas to hosting a beachfront wedding on golden dunes, Carrington Estate is fully-equipped when it comes to hosting incredible weddings.
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Nothing says unique like a treehouse wedding. Now bookable for private functions, Redwoods Treehouse is as individualistic as it gets when it comes to Northland wedding venues. Settled in the gorgeous Warkworth in a redwood forest, this Northland wedding venue offers an unusual and coveted space for intimate weddings. Hosting up to 50 guests, this striking pod-shaped structure is built ten metres high in a redwood tree. Hiring Redwoods Treehouse as your Northland wedding venue means exclusive and all-day use of the space, with plenty of on-site parking and a list of preferred caterers for your convenience. It’s the perfect space to hold a wedding that will be as extraordinary as they come.
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Your Northland vineyard wedding venue, Omata Estate, offers location, space and views - everything in one neat package. Overlooking both the vines and the ocean, this wedding venue specialises in tailored weddings. There’s no concrete wedding package, but a handful of bespoke weddings every year Omata Estate, created to the preferences of the couple with utmost attention to detail. Settled in the Bay of Islands, Omata Estate has established themselves as one of Northlands premier wine-growing sites, having been in operation since 1990. They are sure to make your Northland wedding a delight, with a dedicated and seasoned team of professionals at your side.
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Host your Northland wedding at The Duke, New Zealand’s first licensed hotel. With so much history behind them, it’s no wonder they’re one of Northland’s favourite wedding venues. Located on the waterfront in the heart of romantic Russell, you can enjoy the convenience of having your wedding ceremony, reception and accommodation all in one fabulous space. The Function Room is filled with individually upholstered chairs, comfortably seating up to 140 guests. Framing the Ballroom is a stunning garden, perfect for wedding ceremonies underneath the historic 150-year fig tree looking out to sea. With an award-winning restaurant on-site, The Duke can cater your Northland wedding with bespoke menus and incredible drinks. They have a dedicated wedding coordinator to help personalise your special day and make it exactly as you’ve always pictured.
Whangarei Quarry Gardens
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An oasis perfect for your special day, Whangarei Quarry Gardens is a Northland wedding venue that offers a plethora of spaces for you to pick between. Large or small, all weddings will find the splendour of the gardens unlike any other. Their Visitor’s Centre has a sun-filled balcony, with plenty of room for the guests to mingle inside or spill onto the verdant lawns; The Bunker is a concrete ruin that creates a dramatic backdrop for photos; The Deli is a cosier garden surrounded by flora and fauna, located beside to a babbling stream and with a unique sculpture at its centre. Whangarei Quarry Gardens also has a dedicated events coordinator, here to help you seamlessly plan and run your wedding day. They offer a series of wedding packages for you to choose from.
Wai Rua Escapes
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Your Northland wedding will be steeped in nature with Wai Rua Escapes. Only 20 minutes from Whangarei city, yet feeling worlds away, this wedding venue boasts a vast assortment of spaces for your wedding. Celebrate your love under whispering native trees, facing out over the still waters of one of their serene lakes, or choose one of their more secluded settings if you’re aiming for an intimate wedding. Hosting up to 120 guests, Wai Rua Escapes offers private accommodation for your wedding party in their self-contained private cottage, as well as a complete list of catering recommendations. They’re also happy to help arrange transport for you and your guests, ensuring that travelling to your Northland wedding will be a cinch.
Barge Showgrounds Events Centre
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With a knack for hosting memorable weddings, Barge Showgrounds Events Centre is one of Whangarei’s premier wedding venue options. It acts a blank canvas for your day, giving you both freedom and endless choices for how you’d like to host your special day. You can have both your ceremony and reception at Barge Showgrounds Events Centre or choose to mix and match. They boast a purpose-built alfresco pergola, manicured lawns, plenty of natural light, and delicious catering options. Barge Showgrounds Events Centre can host up to 180 of your lucky guests, ideal for both larger and more intimate Northland weddings.
Sanctuary in the Cove
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Sub-tropical gardens and sandy shores await you at Sanctuary in the Cove. Choose to have your Northland wedding in their Water Garden with a spectacular waterfall backdrop, the lawns under Pohutukawa trees with the tide a few steps away, or the golden beachfront. Right beside the private cove, there’s ample space for a marquee to be set up for your guests to enjoy cocktails and canapés. Sanctuary in the Cove also offers on-site accommodation in their luxury waterfront cottages. These spaces provide privacy and tranquillity, with stunning views and fresh air. This Northland wedding venue works closely with local vendors, more than happy to give you a complete list of caterers, photographers, marriage celebrants and more for your special day.
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Kauri Villas is here for your boutique wedding needs. Accommodating up to 50 guests, this Northland wedding venue features spacious suites for you to get ready in, stunning views of Parua Bay, and a boutique wedding package that includes the venue, seating for guests, a bar area for refreshments, a ceremony liaison coordinator, microphone, speakers and more. Kauri Villas is set in the epitome of loveliness, with white roses framing shell paths and a rustic wooden archway for your ceremony to take place under. With native bush and sprawling gardens, this wedding venue outdoes itself in a display of quaint charm, making it one of the best boutique wedding venue options in Northland.