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Top 20 Tauranga Wedding Venues
by Georgia Burgess | 08 Mar 2020
Tauranga is a beachside city located in the Bay of Plenty region. It lies on the east coast of the North Island and is a renowned surf town. Its coastal coordinates mean it has many great waterfront and beach wedding venues. If you’re after a place to get married with the sand between your toes and the only noise alongside your vows is crashing waves, you’ve picked the right city. Tauranga also has some boutique garden wedding venues should you wish for a wedding away from the beach. If you’re after more New Zealand wedding venue inspiration, take a look at our Wellington, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton and Christchurch wedding venue guides.
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Have the waterfront wedding of your dreams at Trinity Wharf. The established Tauranga wedding venue offers a customisable venue to craft your wedding day. The space can be turned into an intimate setting or larger affair depending on your wishes. Look out to the serene Tauranga harbour as you say your vows and celebrate into the night. The lavish Trinity Room is available for a reception of up to 250 guests. If you’re after a more compact space you can opt for their Pool House Room which overlooks the infinity pool. Their experienced events team can help arrange your big day. They have an on-site team of international chefs who can finesse the menu to perfection. Of course, the wedding wouldn’t be complete without a stay in one of their luxury suites so you can take in the view for a little while longer.
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Charthouse is another elegant waterfront wedding venue located only minutes from the Tauranga CBD. The stunning space looks on to the Tauranga Harbour and Mount Maunganui. It’s a popular events venue with an experienced team running the show. They have the dining capacity of up to 130 guests but can arrange the space to a more snug-fitting. Their inclusive wedding packages include exclusive use of the venue, a duty manager, staff, centrepieces, furniture, venue set up and clean, a sound system and much more. They have an on-site bar but do permit BYO if you’re after something they don’t stock. If you’re after an elegant waterfront wedding venue then don’t hesitate to book a viewing at Charhouse.
Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club
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The iconic Mount Maunganui Surf Lifesaving Club is nestled in the shadow of the Mountain itself. Right on the beach at the base of Mount Maunganui, it arguably has the best beachfront location. The club has recently undergone a renovation which has dramatically modernised the space. Have your wedding day accompanied by the crashing waves and white sand beach before making your way inside the clubhouse for the reception. The venue can seat 110 with an ocean view. Large glass windows extend to the ground ensuring a panoramic view of the main beach even when the doors are closed. The Tauranga wedding venue is popular among newlyweds and comes with an exclusive hire plus all the essentials for hosting your event. They have a kitchen on-site so you can bring in the caterers of your choice.
Olive Tree Cottage
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Olive Tree Cottage is truly a breath of fresh air. Located only 15 minutes from Tauranga’s CBD yet surrounded by secluded farmland and gardens. This Tauranga wedding venue has it all. The Olive Tree Cottage was built in the 1930s and was originally a 3 bedroom Kauri cottage. It has now been restored, but still retains its Kauri beginnings. A large indoor dining space flows out to their permanent silk marquee and modern bar. The Olive Tree Cottage can play host to your wedding ceremony and reception. Or choose to have your ceremony in a range of outdoor spaces and gardens. Get ready to relax, their experienced team will ensure your day runs with ease. Their on-site caterers serve up delicious meals and entrees and some spectacular grazing board options. They warmly welcome viewings, so go see if the Olive Tree Cottage is the one for you today.
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Ataahua translates to 'beautiful' in Māori. A fitting name for this stunning Tauranga wedding venue located near the city centre. The primary attraction is their gardens; elegant European influence combined with plenty of native bush and flora. These gardens are the perfect place to hold your dream ceremony. Follow with outdoor games or a look around the sprawling garden site. The reception can be pursued in their beautiful marquee, outlined with dainty fairy lights or in an indoor space. Their experienced team can assist with everything from planning to execution. Whatever your style, they can help arrange catering, from food trucks to a three-course seated meal. Ataahua is fully licensed, bar staff and a duty manager are provided. They were voted New Zealand’s top wedding venue by Wild Hearts for a reason. Have your fairytale garden wedding with Ataahua.
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The Summer House is a lush outdoors venue set on 3 hectares of gardens and pristine native forest. Located in Welcome Bay, Tauranga this venue is only 12km to the city centre. This Tauranga wedding venue only offers one wedding per weekend so you'll have access to the spot for the entire weekend. The ‘Summer House’ looks out onto the well-kept grounds and is commonly used as a make-up/getting ready room for the big day. Common ceremony spaces include the perfectly manicured lawn, framed by flower gardens. After the ceremony, the fun can continue with plenty of outdoor games. There is a large silk marquee which can seat up to 130 people. An outdoor dance floor and bar area blend effortlessly into their natural surroundings. The venue is BYO and has no corkage charge. They are happy to help arrange on-site catering.
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The Elms is a beautiful heritage site located in Te Papa Tauranga. The wedding venue is rife with history including heritage buildings and nationally significant collections. A perfect place to hold your big day if you want something traditional and romantic. The historic site is an important part of Tauranga’s history, a place of early contact between Māori and Pākehā. There are many charming spots to exchange your vows including out front of the Georgian house, the chapel, the old school library or under the shade of the Cedar tree. The Elms has a range of vintage buildings to accompany your wedding day reception. The range of spaces means you can guarantee a perfect day even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Your wedding photos won’t be short of inspiration either. Get your forever photos in front of lush forest paths, authentic wooden coach houses and the stunning heritage buildings. A wedding coordinator will help you plan your day on this picturesque site.
Tauranga Yacht Club
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The iconic Tauranga Yacht Club sits on the end of Sulphur Point onlooking the idyllic Tauranga Harbour. The club has been an important part of boating history with the building being developed in 1924. The refurbished and modern space is now a popular Tauranga wedding venue. Combine practicality with amazing water views in their clubhouse. Views of Matakana Island, Mauao and the Tauranga Harbour will accompany your special day. There is a large deck area for mingling and relaxing. The space is large with a capacity of 300 guests in a canape style. There are small and large spaces which can hold your wedding reception, the clubhouse space is truly a blank canvas ready for you to turn it into the wedding venue of your dreams.
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L’Orangerie is a French-inspired countryside wedding venue. The charming Tauranga farm is found only 20 minutes from the heart of the city. The wedding venue is nestled in a hundred acres of farmland and native bush. It’s setting a decor to have the ambience of rural France, tastefully decorated with rustic tables, aging beams and vintage accessories. Choose to have your ceremony outdoors surrounded by orange trees and jasmine bushes. The large rustic barn is perfect for the reception, where their collection of rustic tables, historic church pews, old school chairs, vintage plates, glassware and heavy silver cutlery can accessorise your wedding day. The sought after venue only hosts one wedding per week, so you can relax and have plenty of time to organise. The family-run business takes immense pride in hosting weddings, you can be assured the uttermost attention to detail will be paid.
Tui Ridge Retreat
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Tui Ridge is a special wedding venue located on the outskirts of Tauranga. Get back to nature with their large garden and forest grounds, home to many native species. The retreat is only 20 minutes from Tauranga city centre. They have a great selection of ceremony spaces offering views of the Kaimai Ranges. Choose to say your vows in the summer house, under the large oak tree or space with the Kaimai ranges in the background. Tui Ridge is perfect for intimate weddings and can arrange natural outdoor decor and a marquee for the reception. They offer professional wedding organisers who will take care of your day. Their off the grid cabins are reminiscent of childhood tree huts, beautifully crafted with native wood. These huts are the perfect way to complete your special day.
Papamoa Beach Resort
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Have your dream white sand wedding at Papamoa Beach Resort. They are arguably one of the best beach wedding venues in New Zealand, the 16-acre resort has a great selection of spaces to accommodate all. This Tauranga wedding venue is located twenty minutes from the city centre. Tie the knot with 180-degree ocean views in one of their many ceremony spaces. Their ceremony options include a classic garden setting, a panoramic hillside spot or under the Pohutukawa trees by the beach. Due to the resort nature of the venue, they can’t hold receptions but the lovely Blue Bi You located next door has an amazing reception space. Their dedicated wedding planner will help your vision become a reality. You won't be short of accommodation options either, they have a range of beachfront villas and bach's perfect for the married couple and the bridal party.
Waverly On Wairoa
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Waverly on Wairoa is a purpose-built events centre situated in the heart of Tauranga city. The wedding venue is set on the edge of the Wairoa river ensuring you’ll still feel away from it all. The venue has all the bells and whistles with a great range of indoor and outdoor spaces for the celebrations. Say ‘I do’ on the edge of the Wairoa river before making your way to the reception space. The space overlooks the Waimarino Adventure Park and can seat up to 150 in their large dining room. Their experienced event planners and staff will ensure the day runs smoothly and pay attention to the details. They have a large on-site kitchen and are happy for you to bring in your choice of caterers.
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Nestled hillside on farmland, Eagle Ridge has stunning panoramic views. This Tauranga wedding venue has a range of rustic and romantic spaces that your big day can sprawl across. Choose to have your ceremony in one of the fifteen acres, with scenic views capturing Mount Maunganui. They have a country-style building where you can choose to host your reception. You won’t be going hungry either, they have a preferred caterer who can refine the menu perfectly to your taste. You can complete the day with a stay in their lodge or suites, complete with ocean vista views. The charming accommodation options can host up to 16 people. A finalist in the 2019 Hospitality and Customer Service Westpac awards, you can be assured you’re in great hands.
Oropi Memorial Hall
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Oropi is a stunning country wedding venue surrounded by acres of serene farmland. The Tauranga wedding venue is only 13 minutes drive from Greerton. The quaint space has great indoor and outdoor areas with a selection of ceremony spots. They pride their venue on being a great choice no matter the season; with a large indoor area and a deck. The wedding venue can be moulded to suit your guest list but has a maximum of 150 seated. The venue hire comes with everything you need including furniture and cutlery. The wedding venue allows you to BYO and bring in the caterers of your choice. They have a large park area to keep the little ones entertained.
Mount Maunganui Golf Club
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Have your wedding set amongst the perfectly lush grounds of the Mount Maunganui Golf Club. Set only 5 minutes from Mount Maunganui town centre or 15 from Tauranga city this venue is in a great location. The clubhouse has recently been renovated and boasts magnificent views of the golf course. The elevated dining room can be set up to host 50-150 people depending on your guest list. Full access to the grounds comes with your wedding package so you can venture out in golf carts for some memorable wedding photos. This unique Tauranga wedding venue has a wedding coordinator and catering manager to take all the hard work off you.
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The Waters Edge is another great waterfront venue situated on the shoreline of Memorial Park. The central Tauranga wedding venue is affordable yet still stylish. The venue looks at the park and the Tauranga Harbour, the perfect backdrop for your vows and celebrations. The building has space for 120 people seated to enjoy the serene view. The space is elevated with large glass windows so you can take in the serenity to the fullest. They have a large commercial kitchen so you can bring in the caterers of your choice. You’re free to select your room layout and decoration style and craft your wedding to suit your taste. They allow BYO and are a great wedding venue to suit all budgets.
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Fountain Gardens is a stunning garden venue located on the outskirts of Tauranga. The gardens are only 20 from Tauranga CBD but you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped city life. This Tauranga wedding venue is streaming with spirit, colourful gardens and native bush fill the large property. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of garden ceremony options. A classical marquee can host your wedding reception and decorated to your taste. They offer full wedding packages including ceremony, reception and in-house catering. The experienced team at Fountain Gardens can take the hard work off your hands and arrange the perfect wedding day.
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Hotel Armitage is a well-loved Tauranga hotel right in the heart of the city. Only a 3-minute walk from town this wedding venue offers a great location and so much more. They are experienced events and wedding hosts so their staff know all the ropes. You will get assigned a specialised coordinator to help your vision come to life. The hotel has a range of reception areas including their Poolside Restaurant which on looks their on-site pool. As part of your wedding package, you’ll receive a free stay in the Premium Suite so you can make the most of the charming hotel and all their facilities. Of course, there will be space for the guests to stay as well, they will too receive a discounted rate. This Tauranga wedding venue is a great choice if you’re after practically, affordability and elegance all in one.
The Tauranga Club
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The Tauranga Club is an established lifestyle club that has been running since 1894. The venue is located in the heart of the city with waterfront views overlooking the Tauranga Harbour. The large decking area and indoor space can comfortably seat 120 guests. They have a gold class service and a newly refurbished venue so you can enjoy the luxury that Tauranga Club has to offer. They have a team of wedding coordinators and hospitality staff so your day can run perfectly to plan. Their wine and menu tasting can help you decide the indulgences for the big day. The Club has established relationships with wedding industry suppliers. Wedding industry including florists, cake creators, dressage specialists and music providers so you can have the wedding you deserve.
Blue Bi You
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Why not have your wedding day at your favourite local bistro? Blue Bi You is a beachfront cafe, that is a treasured eatery amongst Tauranga locals. The wedding venue is located on Papamoa Beachfront 20 minutes from central Tauranga. Watch the mesmerising Pacific Ocean as you say your vows and celebrate. The intimate venue can host 70 seated guests. The venue space is upstairs overlooking the ocean and has a modern beach bach feel. The culinary experience is divine, they source local and seasonal produce with a strong focus on seafood. The experienced in-house chef can alter the menu to your preferences. The wedding venue is fully licensed, you can liaise with the team to organise the drinks of your preference.