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Waiheke Wedding Venues - The Top 13 Venues
by Georgia Burgess | 29 Oct 2020
Waiheke is a stunning island located in the Hauraki Gulf of Auckland. It's home to world-renowned vineyards, olive groves, and white sand beaches. The island is only a 40-minute ferry ride or 5-minute helicopter journey from Auckland CBD and is the perfect slice of paradise to host your wedding. Have your dream vineyard or luxury lodge wedding on Waiheke at their premium range of 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.
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Mudbrick is an award-winning winery and restaurant sitting pretty upon the west-facing hills of Waiheke Island. The vineyard and Waiheke wedding venue look over the Auckland Harbour and sprawling cityscape of Auckland CBD. Their buildings on site are constructed of hand-hewn mudbrick which conveys a timeless quality. You'll receive nothing but the best food and wine on your wedding day, Mudbrick is internationally recognised for its excellent dining and wining. They have a dedicated wedding team who will take the organisation into their own hands. The backdrop of Mudbrick remains stunning all year round. In summer and spring experience lush foliage and streaming sunlight. In winter and autumn, you will encounter fresh buds, crisp winter light or the red and orange leaves. Choose from an indoor or outdoor ceremony, and unrivalled sea views throughout the whole reception. The restaurant has French doors that fully open and a roof which opens up to view the stars. They have boutique accommodation options on-site so that you can bask in all the luxury Mudbrick has to offer for a day longer.
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Delamore Lodge is the epitome of luxury and comfort. It stands proud on the cliffs overlooking Owhanake Bay. Its first-class service and delicious cuisine are combined to create the perfect setting for your special day. The premium facilities and experienced and attentive staff at Delamore Lodge will ensure you leave with magical memories you will cherish forever. Delamore Lodge is suited for daytime and evening weddings so you can make the most of the spectacular sunsets. Whether you're after an intimate gathering or larger affair, Delamore can comfortably host up to 80 guests. Their experienced team are experts at organising perfect weddings, so rest assured you are in good hands. Make your day even more memorable with a stay in their sought-after suites. Indulge in more fine dining and their day spa for some rest and recovery after the big day. This Waiheke wedding venue offers only the best backdrop, service and accommodation for your big day.
Kauri Springs Lodge
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Kauri Spring Lodge is found in the heart of Waiheke Island, surrounded by an abundance of a subtropical garden forest. This rustic Waiheke wedding venue is the perfect combination of tranquillity and luxury. Their spaces are intimate, and each wedding personalised. There is a combination of indoor and outdoor spaces where the vows and reception can take place, for 60 special guests. There are four private homes, their weddings work like a self-catering home, aside from your actual wedding ceremony and reception where all the stops will be pulled out. This means you and 30 others can stay on-site and make the most of what this lodge has to offer. They have an on-site spa service, or you can venture out into Waiheke to enjoy the beaches. The team at Kauri Springs Lodge will provide their expert planning services and help organise the catering and any other services you should require.
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Surround yourself with vineyard views, olive trees and spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland City at Cable Bay. The Waiheke wedding venue sits hillside on the west coast of Waiheke Island. The vineyard has been making award-winning wines for years and is experienced in the art of fine cuisine. The choice of an outdoor ceremony at Cable Bay is popular; you'll be accompanied by complete serenity and breathtaking views. Make your way into their restaurant space for the reception, with full glass windows allowing you to keep taking in the mesmerising backdrop. They have a dedicated events manager who will assist you and your planning. They are happy to help with organising florists, photographers, transport, live music and accommodation.
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Stonyridge is a Mediterranean style vineyard situated between rolling hills of vineyard on Waiheke Island. The vineyard started growing its first crop in 1982 for a Bordeaux style red wine. Since then their wines have won many awards and is internationally recognised as a Cabernet winery. Their spaces reflect this European influence, with a large cafe area overlooking the vineyard. They host a small number of weddings each year to preserve the uniqueness of their venue and your special day. The olive grove is a popular spot for the ceremony, an ample space which can be set up to your liking. They have the capacity for 120 in their Veranda Cafe area. You won't be short of beautiful wedding photos either. Frolic through the vineyards or get some unforgettable shots at the nearby beaches. Stonyridge could be the perfect Waiheke wedding venue for you.
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Peacock Sky is a small and boutique family-run vineyard on Waiheke. They have a passion for tasty cuisine and the wine to match so you can be guaranteed an enjoyable dining experience. They have a ceremony space on top of the hills which look over the vineyard, Hauraki Gulf, Rangitoto and Auckland city. They even offer a chauffeur tractor service if you're after an authentic country feel. For small groups of up to 50, they have a covered restaurant space. If you have a large group or would prefer the fresh air, their outdoor terrace can transform into a dining space for up to 100. This Waiheke wedding venue has a private events team that will handle all the details from crafting the menu of your dreams and personalising the entire experience.
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Passage Rock Vineyard lies on the eastern end of Waiheke Island surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards. Passage Rock was established in 1993 and now produces 14 varieties of wine. Their vineyard is the perfect setting for your big day. They have an intimate bistro area for the reception, which can be layout however you wish. Their experienced chefs will craft a personalised menu just for you. A secluded Pergola nestled in the vines is perfect for the ceremony. Passage Rock has over 20 years experience in the wedding industry on Waiheke and can assist in all areas. If you're after an extraordinary wedding day, then look no further than this Waiheke wedding venue and vineyard.
Man O' War
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Man O' War is a hidden gem found at the eastern end of Waiheke. The winery sits on Man O' War Bay, a private beach which backs onto the dining area. The idyllic setting is home to 150 acres of vines first planted in 1933. To begin with, you can exchange your vows in their traditional sea-side chapel with stunning ocean views. Afterwards, let the celebrations continue on the waterfront lawn with cocktails and nibbles. The reception can carry on inside their bistro seating up to 80 or 100 standing. Man O' War Bay provides an unforgettable backdrop, with services to create a day you, and your guests will always remember. Their experienced team will ensure the day will run without a bump. You even have the option to arrive directly by boat to this Waiheke wedding venue.
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Goldie Estate is another incredible Waiheke wedding venue. Their boutique vineyard setting is nestled on the western side of Waiheke Island. The estate is tucked away among 30 acres of native bush featuring Pohutukawa trees and views overlooking Putiki Bay. They have a range of spectacular spaces that can cater for small or large weddings up to 250 guests. You'll be spoilt with gourmet food, fine wines, superior service and romance as the events team helps create your wedding day. They offer all-inclusive packages, so you don't have to lift a finger. Their menu is crafted with only the finest, freshest and local produce. They strive to make your wedding the most unforgettable day of your life with the food being just as memorable.
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Casita Miro is a vineyard and restaurant venue infused with Spanish and Mediterranean culture. It's known for its beautiful location on Waiheke, and its high-quality wine and dining experience. As a part of your wedding package is the exclusive use of their restaurant and grounds so you can fully indulge. They have a fantastic ceremony space which overlooks the sea and vineyard. You won't be short of wine options either, a selection of wines grown from the Miro Vineyard. Their menu is compiled of only the finest, freshest products and sourcing locally if possible. Sourced from Waiheke Island, you will find eggs, herbs, salad leaves, olive oil, vegetables, line-caught fish, oysters to complement their wines. Their reception area can host up to 80 people comfortably. Their events team are highly capable and have great contacts around Waiheke Island to make your day truly special.
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Tantalus Estate is located in the heart of Waiheke's wine-growing country. They are masters of intricate Bordeaux-style red wines. The Estate in the Onetangi Valley includes 5.3 hectares of vineyards, a winery, a craft brewery and a restaurant. The setting for your ceremony, should you choose an outdoor setting, is accompanied by native trees, an olive grove, macadamia trees and an apiary. You can choose to host your wedding on the Northern Lawn surrounded by wildflowers or on the Northern Deck overlooking the native wetlands. After the ceremony, guests can wander through the grounds while the bridal party takes some memorable photos. Their restaurant area can play host to a beautiful reception. The indoor-outdoor flow from the vineyard to the main restaurant brings a seamless transition for guests. Let the festivities continue after the formalities, onto a dance floor located either inside the main dining area or in the Alibi Brewer's Lounge.
Te Whau Lodge
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Te Whau Lodge is a tranquil and intimate setting, surrounded by native bush and the sound of New Zealand bird songs. The Waiheke wedding venue and boutique lodge specialises in intimate weddings and gatherings of up to 35 guests. The sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and dense native bush will frame your special day. Say 'I do' on the balcony accompanied by panoramic views. After, you can celebrate with those special family members in the spacious guest lounge or out on the deck. Your wedding will be crafted with the utmost attention to detail by their experienced staff. Of course, you can complete the day with a stay in one of their luxury suites.
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Poderi Crisci is a stunning vineyard set on 7.7 hectares of rolling hills and picturesque vineyards. The family-owned vineyard and restaurant is Italian infused, featuring beautiful old buildings covered with flourishing vines and greenery. The family has a passion for traditional winemaking and have been producing the Poderi Crisci range since the 90s. They have a variety of spaces to host your ceremony and reception. Choose from the main restaurant; the rustic and Tuscan-inspired building can host 60 seated or 100 in cocktail-style. The wine cellar is a great winter option, moody and romantic; the space can host 50 seated or 70 standing. The cellar roof is their most significant space and can host up to 100 seated. They are experts at hosting events and are the perfect team for your special day.