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Queenstown Wedding Venues - The Top 22 Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 04 May 2020
Queenstown is one of the most popular wedding destinations in New Zealand for a reason. It offers postcard-perfect surroundings, from lush, green hillsides and wineries, to snow-capped mountains with belts of liquid gold as the sun sets. With this in mind, there are a variety of wedding venues available for hire in Queenstown, whether it’s a quaint church, private farmland or snug cottage nestled somewhere near the Shotover River. Featured below is a list of 22 of the best Queenstown wedding venues. If you're searching for more of New Zealand's wedding hotspots, take a look at our wedding venue guides for Christchurch and Auckland.
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A 12-acre boutique vineyard, Stoneridge Estate offers views of Lake Hayes and the alpine peaks, making for a spectacular and seasoned Queenstown wedding venue. Stoneridge Estate is a 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and a 5-minute drive from Arrowtown and can host anywhere from 6 to 180 guests in any of its luxurious venue options. Their team has a wealth of experience when it comes to weddings, and they offer 3 different spaces for your day: The Boardroom, The Hayes Room and The Lodge Dining Room. No matter which you choose, they are dedicated to making your wedding as fabulous as possible, with tailored menus and packages to suit all of your needs.
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Gibbston Valley is the pinnacle of Queenstown beauty: an emerald green winery surrounded by mountains, near the refreshing waters of Kawarau River and a scenic 25-minute drive from Queenstown central. The Gibbston Winery Restaurant, Wine Cave and Wine Vault are all available for exclusive venue hire, with a capacity of up to 200 guests for your wedding, along with the options of on-site catering, live entertainment and a team committed to planning and managing your event. Gibbston Valley features a helipad nearby for guests - or the bride/groom if they so choose - who wish to arrive in style. Several accommodation options surround the winery, ensuring that Gibbston Valley is an ideal venue for a Queenstown wedding.
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The Winehouse is a restored villa that's a cosy but chic location for any event, coupled with croquet lawns and a gorgeous pavilion soaking in the sun just a moment’s stroll away. The Winehouse boasts splendid garden views and is situated within the heart of nature, making for a restorative wedding venue that prides itself on “off-site” functions full of spark. The Winehouse as a wedding space includes a range of activities, packages and services, with friendly staff and on-site catering options. They offer exclusive use of the venue for up to 260 of your guests, as well as in-house design and planning to make your wedding all the easier. If required, audiovisual equipment can be hired and set up at your convenience.
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In the verdant vineyards of the beloved Gibbston Valley, Kinross makes their statement as a bright and beautiful Queenstown wedding venue. They boast paradise of water features, schist ruins, hundred-year-old trees, designated BBQ areas, playgrounds, petanque, a wine garden and cellar, and walking and cycle trails. With all these perks and more, they ensure that your wedding will be as exciting as it is gorgeous. Kinross can host up to 60 seated guests − and many more at a canapé or tapas-style affair. Kinross selects its wines from 5 local and wonderful wine labels and also source most of their on-site catering produce locally − which includes their very own herb and vegetable garden.
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Camp Glenorchy blends into the unparalleled beauty of nature and has a uniquely modern design that serves as a stunning backdrop for any wedding. With sustainability and conservation at the heart of their ethos, Camp Glenorchy believes in creating a warm and inviting events space whilst remaining eco-friendly. They’re located 40 minutes from the centre of Queenstown and have a dedicated events team on hand to help plan and manage your wedding, with the options of on-site catering and cosy accommodation in one of their Eco-cabins. There are several spaces within Camp Glenorchy for your wedding, from the warm Sunroom filled with natural light to The Humboldt Room for up to 120 guests.
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Nugget Point Hotel is the epitome of old-world glamour, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and fresh air. They specialise in hosting more intimate weddings of up to 50 guests. They offer on-site catering, with locally sourced produce, with bespoke menus made to suit your tastes. The best of Central Otago’s wines can be found at Nugget Point, with sommeliers on hand to help you pick the very best of the best to complement your wedding menu. Cosy and luxe accommodation is also available, with a spa and sauna for extra relaxation for you and your guests to enjoy.
Mt. Nicholas Station
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Spread out across 100,000 acres of rolling, private land, Mt. Nicholas Station is a wedding venue that prides themselves on hosting both indoor and outdoor weddings across their entire space. Flowering mountain peaks, breathtaking valleys, 14 kilometres of fresh beachfront and so much more, Mt. Nicholas Station offers an unrivalled backdrop of natural beauty and Queenstown appeal for your wedding. With a capacity ranging from 10 to 150 guests, their venues include a private beachfront, styled marquee, lakeside woodshed and historic stone cottage. Mt Nicholas Station has a team committed to making your wedding a lasting memory for all, collaborating with local vendors and suppliers to ensure perfection.
NZ High Country
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Choose between 4 unique and open spaces within NZ High Country, a fresh wedding venue on the scene that is a short drive from Queenstown and the airport. Surrounded by picturesque views of nature and cradled by the mountain ranges, this space boasts the very best when it comes to flexible and stunning wedding venues in Queenstown. Tussock Point, Merino Rise and Country Courtyard are ‘land-only’ options that serve as blank canvases for you to decorate with the colours of your wedding; Lake June offers a tad more structure, with a spacious and permanent marquee equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, alongside total privacy. NZ High Country is proudly family-owned and excited to help you celebrate your wedding day.
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Breathtaking vistas await you at Millbrook Golf Resort. A 5-star resort, Millbrook Golf Resort spans 500 acres and has won a series of awards for its excellence. With multiple spaces to pick between, it can host up to 160 guests and offers sumptuous catering for your wedding courtesy of an award-winning chef. They have a dedicated events team to help organise, plan and manage your wedding, as well as useful perks such as complimentary WiFi, transportation, parking and so much more. Millbrook Golf Resort is known for their professionalism and polished service, along with their splendid gardens and greenery, and have the option of on-site accommodation in any one of their luxury villas, cottages or village inn.
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Amisfield invites you to experience the true joys of Queenstown with their wholesome philosophy of drawing inspiration from the land. Their menus are dictated by the seasons, with a dedicated forager and an experienced charcutier to hunt, gather and curate produce to perfection. Amisfield is available for private dining events and exclusive hire. Private dining takes place in an intimate and decadent space that offers views of Lake Hayes, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, catering for up to 35 guests; exclusive hire can host anywhere from 60 to 110 guests, with the option of outdoor seating. Amisfield is a rich and unique space to host your wedding event, with the very heart of Queenstown in their tenet.
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Located in the Crown Range, Peregrine has been a family-owned business and venue since 1998. They have a holistic approach to farming and vineyard management, which translates beautifully into creating an open and lovely space for a wedding event on their vineyard or at Pinnacle Club, an exclusive space that offers the very best of Peregrine. Their architecturally acclaimed ‘Wing’ serves as a wonderful and malleable space for a wedding, while their rustic Woolshed adds warm pops of colour to an already charming wedding venue option. Peregrine is a venue-only facility, meaning that all vendors and suppliers will be of your own choice, but their team is always around to offer you a helping hand to make certain your wedding is exactly as you’d imagined it to be.
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Trelawn Place brings with them one of Queenstown’s most popular and longest established boutique accommodations and wedding venue providers. Located a convenient 4 km from the centre of Queenstown, they boast a family cottage, honeymoon cottage and snug apartment, as well as bed and breakfast available in the main house. They’re surrounded by mountain ranges and boast a private beach a few minutes from the main property, with gorgeous views of Shotover River to boot. Trelawn Place can accommodate up to 80 guests at your wedding, with a variety of wedding packages that cover all the essentials and leave you free to focus on enjoying the breathtaking views of Queenstown.
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Kamana Lakehouse is the highest altitude accommodation in Queenstown and is a boutique venue that sits, quite literally, above the rest. Host your wedding in luxury as you survey the splendour of Queenstown. They’re a 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and aim for the heart of rest and relaxation. Their main function space showcases clearcut views of the Remarkables and the bustling city centre, whilst their slightly smaller venue, The Ledge, is perfect for more intimate gatherings or even as a breakaway room. They offer on-site catering courtesy of their kitchen and bar, Nest, specialising in Mediterranean treats and alfresco dining to give your wedding an extra special touch.
Blanket Bay Lodge
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The luxurious Blanket Bay Lodge is celebrated worldwide as one of New Zealand’s finest alpine lodges. Tucked away amidst snow-capped peaks, Blanket Bay Lodge has consistently been voted one of the world’s best lodges and offers an elegant and lush space for your wedding. Take in refreshing views of the lake, with cosy rooms for conversations and an added touch of privacy. The team is more than happy to assist you with the complimentary WiFi or audiovisual equipment setup if required. They specialise in intimate gatherings, which will make your wedding feel all the more special, with the options of on-site catering and accommodation. Blanket Bay Lodge will give your wedding a contemporary, lush atmosphere, with world-class amenities and service at your beck and call.
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With a relaxed and charming atmosphere, Cardrona Hotel is one of Central Otago’s most iconic wedding venues. Established in 1863, Cardrona Hotel is on the Crown Range road between Queenstown and Wanaka. They provide the chance for both garden and church ceremonies, with a host of reception packages to suit anyone and everyone. Cardrona Hotel can cater for up to 250 guests, with an experienced functions manager and a team of superb chefs to ensure that fine dining will take new meaning at your wedding. Whether you choose the sprawling, green gardens as your wedding space, the historic hotel or the lovingly restored church, Cardrona Hotel will make your day one for the ages.
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Matakauri Lodge is a luxurious wedding venue that overlooks the Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak, surrounded by fresh air and mountain ranges that extend for miles. Able to host up to 60 guests, Matakauri Lodge offers 4 different event rooms and a varied selection of on-site catering options, alongside handcrafted programmes and a professional team on hand to help with all the organising and planning of your wedding. Matakauri Lodge is a scenic space for your wedding, with unmatched views and years of experience in professional event management. Matakauri Lodge is a 25-minute drive from the airport, located a short drive from the city centre and at the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
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On the aquamarine shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is a short stroll from the centre of the city centre and offers convenience and class in a single venue. They’re a 5-minute drive from the airport, and offer extensive natural and organic treatments at their world-class spa (a perfect treat for any bride/groom). Hilton can host anywhere up to 200 of your guests, with tailored wedding packages and a committed events team to help you with every wedding detail along the way. There are several luxurious rooms to pick between for easy accommodation, framed by 5-star amenities to make your wedding day extra special.
Queenstown Country Lodge
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A scenic 10-minute drive from the centre of Queenstown, Queenstown Country Lodge is a lush and comfortable lodge that allows for both partial and exclusive hire. With rich, green surroundings and plenty of space both inside and outside, they provide a retreat away from the bustle of the city for you to host a dazzling wedding to your exact tastes. The lodge includes 6 bedrooms, from The Merino Room to The Remarkables Room, each with their own charm and special slice of Queenstown. It’s set on 11 acres of private land, framed by mountains and mere minutes from award-winning vineyards. Queenstown Country Lodge is a quiet and flexible space that offers a beautiful escape into Queenstown - perfect for a relaxed wedding.
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Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is a historic part of Queenstown, and a zippy 20-minute drive from the city centre and 15-minutes from the airport. The venue is a large, auditorium-style space, inclusive of a stage, dressing room and off-stage sections. The main hall can host up to 400 guests, whilst the smaller one, known as the supper room, manages nearly 120. It has a commercial kitchen attached, and its rooms can be arranged into banquet-, theatre- or cocktail-style settings for your wedding. A favourite with both tourists and locals, Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is the cherished centrepiece of a small gold mining town that adds charm and character to any wedding.
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Peppers Beacon Resort Queenstown is the perfect alpine wedding destination throughout the year. Lake Wakatipu serves as the backdrop to this resort, with the Remarkables framing the skyline and large balconies from which to drink it all in. Peppers Beacon caters to smaller weddings, hosting up to 25 guests in their penthouse apartments that feature mountain views and expansive balconies. They have a professional events team to assist you with perfecting your wedding day, as well as a series of packages to make planning and organising all the simpler. Your wedding menu will be taken care of by their in-house restaurant, alongside accommodation and anything else you might need.
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A lakefront retreat, Kinloch Lodge is steeped in equal parts history and beauty. They’re available for both partial and exclusive hire, with a full capacity of up to 75 seated guests. Kinloch Lodge is known worldwide for their hearty and flavourful meals, as well as their seasoned and helpful staff. Their catering includes anything from informal BBQs and à la carte delights to formal canapés and sit-down dinners. They emphasise the heart of adventure in Queenstown, alongside the uninhibited appeal of nature, making for a refreshing wedding venue option. With a host of accommodation choices and exciting activities to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, Kinloch Lodge believes they are made for marriages near heaven.
Lake Hayes Pavilion
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Your wedding will overlook the sparkling waters of Lake Hayes credit to Lake Hayes Pavillion. With an indoor capacity of 160 guests, a large, outdoor space for a marquee or further mingling, as well as a catering kitchen, Lake Hayes Pavilion has set itself up to be one of Queenstown’s finest and most convenient wedding venues. Located 10 minutes from both Queenstown and Arrowtown, it’s famed for hosting the Lake Hayes Agricultural and Pastoral Show. It has recently been refurbished and now boasts hardwood floors and a more neutral, modern styling to blend in with all wedding events. Take in serene views of the lake, or gaze up at the world-famous Coronet Peak ski area as you recite your vows.