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15 of the Best Wanaka Wedding Venues
by Raashka Mannie | 16 Jul 2020
From mountains dusted with snow to crystal clear waters extending as far as the eye can see, Wanaka is the very best of natural beauty - and, resultantly, is endlessly popular when it comes to weddings. A hop and a skip from Queenstown, Wanaka is looked to for equally breathtaking wedding venues on a more intimate scale, offering the same gorgeous alpine setting in a cosier town. Wanaka brings you a wide range of options for wedding venues, from cushy lodges that are perfect for getaway weddings to polished boutique hotels that will give you the classy day you've always dreamed of. For more of our wedding guides, check out Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, Queenstown, Dunedin, Hamilton, Waiheke, Northland and Christchurch.
The Olive Grove
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A dedicated wedding venue, The Olive Grove is an open and natural space to host your big day. Choose to have an intimate garden wedding with all your closest loved ones, or set up a marquee and expand into something bigger and more glamorous. Their grounds have been expertly landscaped with natural stone and trees to alleviate the heat on warmer days. Mature olive trees line the space and act as a makeshift aisle for the couple to make their way down. The Olive Grove offers lovely views of natural farmland and Lake Wanaka, extending to a Kanuka reserve and Ruby Island. With so much flexibility, it's no wonder that this Wanaka wedding venue is a favourite amongst so many for a destination wedding. It offers you all the feeling of a getaway wedding, steeped in nature and with the handy addition of Billie's Cottage: a quaint space that can be used for last-minute touch-ups, changing, relaxing and so much more.
Oasis Yurt Lodge
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Providing you with luxury yurt accommodation and wedding venue options, Oasis Yurt Lodge is a Wanaka wedding venue filled with character and unique charm. Their exclusive-hire venue includes tailored accommodation and multiple spaces to plan and host your wedding, with expertly manicured lawns and grounds for your private use. The Central Lodge, 6 Yurt Rooms and Tipi allow a multitude of options to stylise your Wanaka wedding, making Oasis Yurt Lodge one of the most coveted Wanaka wedding venues around. They are the perfect choice for weddings, giving you a unique experience in a rustic setting, with the option of a marquee in case of wet weather or added guests.
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Edgewater Hotel boasts the only accommodation in all of Wanaka on the shores of the lake, cementing itself as a Wanaka wedding venue with some of the most stunning views around. This wedding venue includes facilities such as a curated gift shop, all-day spa, tennis court, and so much more. When it comes to hosting weddings, their professional team is there to offer you all the help and assistance you need. They have several spaces and rooms to choose from for your Wanaka wedding, accommodating up to 140 of your lucky guests. They also offer on-site catering options, as well as a selection of in-house audiovisual equipment for your wedding (including sound systems, projectors, lecterns and more). Edgewater Hotel has on-site accommodation in any one of their cushy rooms, making this Wanaka wedding venue a perfect option for your special day.
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Corbridge Woolshed rests on 800 acres of rolling fields and humbled by surrounding mountain ranges. The once-working woolshed presents a timeless representation of Central Otago and is a centrepiece in this Wanaka wedding venue. Lovingly refurbished in 2014, this wedding venue features gas heating throughout, hardwood flooring, designed lighting, audiovisual technology and much more. Their spaces include The Woolshed, Grounds, Container Bar and Farm. Spread out across manicured lawns, Corbridge Woolshed offers plenty of space for your wedding no matter the size. They can host up to 500 guests and have a variety of packages for all weddings, with a quick and efficient team on hand to help with the planning of your big day. For added convenience, Corbridge Woolshed is just a 5-minute drive from Wanaka Township and a short trip over the hill from Queenstown.
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Criffel Station offers you a unique and memorable Wanaka venue for your wedding. The space is a gorgeous and carefully restored woolshed, perfect for weddings both intimate and large. They can host anywhere from 5 to 500 people, making Criffel Station as flexible as it is pretty. Their events management team is available to help with the planning and running of your wedding, and they have a range of added bonuses to make everything all the more straightforward, including planned activities, delicious on-site catering, on-site accommodation and transportation options.
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For vines and views, choose Rippon as your Wanaka wedding venue. Atop the lovely Rippon Hill, Rippon Hall has a duo of spaces for your Wanaka wedding. The natural amphitheatre, with gorgeous views of Lake Wanaka and the Southern Alps, is right next to Rippon Hall and is a popular choice for ceremonies. Much closer to the lake, there's the nursery site, a more sheltered and private space to exchange vows. Rippon can host anywhere from 80 to 375 guests, making it an ideal wedding venue for both intimate and large weddings, offering a series of packages to suit your needs on your big day. When it comes to wining and dining at your wedding, they've got you covered with their expertise in the world of wines; you'll also have your chance to pick between their list of preferred caterers, ready to put together a bespoke menu for your wedding at the drop of a hat.
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Maple Lodge is a boutique bed and breakfast lodge located in the lovely alpine resort of Lake Wanaka. Taste the Kiwi life with style at this wedding venue, with stunning views of the mountains and a 5-minute drive from the centre of town. Maple Lodge features extensive gardens, a modest dining room and a clear-sided pavilion marquee for your wedding needs. You can host your wedding with them and rest assured that everything is in the hands of experts, their team able to put you in touch with excellent vendors. They can host up to 40 guests inside and 90 with the marquee, making for a superb wedding venue choice no matter the season. You can also choose to book the lodge for cosy on-site accommodation, which is sure to delight both you and your guests.
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With a relaxed and charming atmosphere, Cardrona Hotel is one of Wanaka's most iconic wedding venues. First 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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With a knack for hosting incredible boutique weddings, Minaret Station offers you a host of wedding packages for your big day. Their 50,000-acre property can be the perfect location for your Wanaka wedding. Minaret Station's Alpine Lodge is set in a remote glacial valley surrounded by stunning mountain peaks and giving you a wedding venue unlike any other. This option caters for up to 40 guests and is only accessible by helicopter, with warm, private chalets serving as on-site accommodation. Minaret Station brings you luxurious wedding options, with all their packages available for tailoring and tweaking, so, whether you choose a lakeside ceremony or an alpine reception, they are here to make everything you dream possible.
Lake Hawea View
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Lake Hawea View is a homestead specialising in weddings that rests above the tranquil waters of, you guessed it, Lake Hawea. When it comes to hosting events, this wedding venue offers so much versatility and beauty. Surrounded by 25 acres of greenery, Lake Hawea View can host up to 100 guests and has several packages for you to choose between. Their intimate weddings host up to 36 guests with 3 to 4 nights of accommodation, exclusive use of the property, full support from Lake Hawea View's event coordinator, several event supplies and cleaning. If you choose to have a grander wedding, you'll have all of the above, as well as a marquee or tent constructed to host your extra guests.
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Glendhu Station is a family-owned high country station that is settled on the shores of Lake Wanaka. This space extends over 1,200 hectares of organically certified land, farming livestock by organic and biological methods. It's a wedding venue that believes in doing work the old-fashioned way and thrives for it. As a wedding venue, Glendhu Station features a woolshed that is perfect for your special day. Your wedding can spill onto their blooming gardens so you can drink in the crisp air and mountain views. Inside the woolshed, there are 2 spaces (Lake Side and Mountain Side) that can be used as a single, flowing area if required. Rustic and wholesome, Glendhu Station is a Wanaka wedding venue that is sure to bring a sense of tranquillity to your big day.
The Lookout Lodge
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The Lookout Lodge is a Wanaka wedding venue that offers it all, hosting exclusive weddings with touches of their unique charm. With its gorgeous alpine surroundings and private location, it's no mystery as to why this wedding venue is such a popular choice with wedding planners. The Lookout Lodge features tons of natural light, cosy on-site accommodation for up to 18 guests, a professional kitchen for your caterer's use, a walk-in chiller for all beverages and delicacies, patios and open lawns for breakaway spaces and events alike, and a large marquee for outdoor weddings. The Lookout Lodge can host over 120 guests and makes for a wonderful Wanaka wedding venue, with audiovisual facilities and a myriad of catering options.
The River House, Wanaka
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Found amongst native harakeke on the banks of Hawea River, The River House, Wanaka is the ideal getaway wedding destination. Surrounded by natural beauty and fresh air, this space offers rest and relaxation, from their secluded gardens pathways with delicate footbridges to their sylvan forest and very own waterfall stream. This Wanaka wedding venue boasts tons of space, including 5 bedrooms and a loft, Pueblo-esque walls, tiled floors, high exposed wood beam ceilings and frames. All of it is designed to be incredibly romantic and rustic, catering to intimate weddings for you and your lucky guests. The River House, Wanaka also offers plenty of thrilling activities, such as kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking and more. Turn your Wanaka wedding into a holiday like none other.
Wanaka Alpine Lodge
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A semi-rural wedding venue framed by the Southern Alps, Wanaka Alpine Lodge is a purpose-built lodge set on nearly 2 acres of land and facing Mt Iron. Only 3km from the town's centre, Wanaka Alpine Lodge is a popular spot for activity and events, also offering boutique accommodation for you and your guests. As a venue, Wanaka Alpine Lodge specialises in hosting intimate weddings. They can cater for up to a maximum of 10 guests, with exclusive use of the lodge and a number of reception and ceremony locations to choose between. The team at Wanaka Alpine Lodge is there to help you every step of the way, from arranging transport to planning your breakfast. This Wanaka wedding venue is one of the cosiest spaces to say 'I do,' as well as one of the most beautiful.
Alpine View Lodge
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A Wanaka wedding venue making the best of everything the town has to offer, Alpine View Lodge features self-contained and Lifestyle Accommodation, landscaped gardens, plenty of amenities and free on-site parking. This Wanaka wedding venue is all about creating a beautiful space for restful weddings. Host your wedding in their lovely gardens: 4 acres of manicured greenery, with on-site accommodation options and complimentary WiFi. Stroll through the gardens with a cocktail in hand as you look out at Roys Peak, or set up a marquee for you and your guests to dine in. With the former option, Alpine View Lodge can host up to 80 guests; with the latter, 30. Their team is happy to help with suppliers for your Wanaka wedding, working with a list of preferred vendors that have previously done bespoke functions with them. Alpine View Lodge also has the option of booking several adventurous activities, from scenic tours to day cruises.