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The Top 27 Wellington Wedding Venues
by Georgia Burgess | 03 Mar 2020
There's no better place to say 'I do' than in the vibrant capital of New Zealand. Wellington boasts a picturesque waterfront promenade, a busy harbour and a fantastic cafe scene. The capital is rife with arts and culture, intertwined through the city’s range of wedding venues. From the rugged west coast of Kapiti to the stunning hills of the Wairarapa, the dainty gardens of Martinborough and the urban streets of Wellington CBD - this region has a diverse range of locations to suit every taste. After more inspiration from wedding venues around New Zealand? Take a look at our Auckland, Queenstown and Christchurch guides.
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Experience luxury like no other at Boomrock. Fittingly named, the venue sits hilltop, cliffs plummeting 750ft to meet the crashing force of the Tasman Sea below. With jaw-dropping panoramic views of the South Island and quintessential rolling New Zealand countryside, Boomrock certainly has that ‘wow’ factor. Only 30 minutes from Wellington CBD, or 6 minutes via helicopter, the venue is certainly accessible for all. They offer only the best, with your choice of indoor or outdoor ceremonies and accommodation options. ‘The Lodge’ can cater for up to 120 dining guests while offering superb views of the South Island across the ocean. The high beams and large open fire evoke feelings of comfort and country. Don't let it stop at the ceremony - Boomrock also has a clay bird shooting area and a vehicle racetrack. These may serve as inspiration for the stag party or some excitement for the following day.
Silver Stream Retreat
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Silver Stream Retreat is one of the most reputable wedding venues in the Wellington Region. Set in secluded native bush with panoramic views of Hutt Valley, this slice of paradise is 25 minutes from Wellington City and 7 minutes from Lower Hutt. With three different wedding locations within the property, you'll be sure to find something to suit your taste. You'll be spoilt for choice with indoor or outdoor dining options, gardens, decks and courtyards. Depending on which area you chose to host your wedding Silver Stream has the capacity for 100-250 guests. Their exquisite main dining hall is lined with alluring high-beam Rimu, adding a touch of the classic. As wedding veterans, they know what works; their on-site chef offers menus to suit both taste and budget. A wedding coordinator is available as part of the package to bring your ideas to life. They also have elegant accommodation on-site, so you can enjoy a seamless wedding day.
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Ohariu Farm offers a delightful countryside setting, tucked away in rolling hills. Set on the outskirts of Ohariu, the venue is a 30-minute commute from the Wellington CBD. Located slightly out of town means you can fully immerse yourself in the fresh country air, but still have easy access to the city. The indoor area combines a dining quarter with a bar and entertainment section. There are a fireplace and a wooden covered deck area which backs onto the main building; perfect for when the weather may be imperfect. They offer wedding packages that include meals, beverages, staff and all necessary furniture. As the venue is solely a wedding and events centre, you can ensure you're in good hands. Make your day special with Ohariu Farm.
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Included in the top 10 barn wedding venues by Bridal Musings, Tarureka Estate is a sure winner if you're after a rustic yet stylish wedding experience. The incredible venue is located in the Wairarapa, one hour from Wellington CBD. Classic meets modern at the Tarureka Estate's barn. The delicately restored homestead has wooden floors, dainty fairy lights and vintage rugs lining the edges. Ceremonies can take place in the well-kept gardens, in the historic homestead or the surrounding native bush. The venue can host up to 120 guests, making it cosier than some of the larger places. They have caterers who can create a menu suited to your taste and beverages can be sourced locally; they are also BYO. A scrumptious Sunday brunch can be arranged if you should so desire. On-site, they have accommodation for up to 18 guests, so the big day can continue at whatever pace you wish. The estate gives you the entire weekend to host the event, so celebrations don't have to stop just because the wedding day does.
The Milk Station
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Despite the New Zealand name, you'll find yourself surrounded by Italian inspiration at the Milk Station. Cream-coloured plaster meets olive and Cyprus trees set on acres of stunning gardens. Immerse yourself in this European fairytale just under an hour away from Wellington CBD. This iconic Kapiti venue has so much to offer, the station was built in 1919 and is now a Historic Places Trust Grade II recognised building. Inside, the high beams and walls retain a 1900s feel, while glittering chandeliers dangle in the reception area. The large dining hall can comfortably seat up to 200 guests, and they are happy to help organise catering. They have lovely 5-star accommodation that sprawls out over 20 rooms. If you want a taste of Italy right in the middle of Kapiti, The Milk Station is a perfect choice for your big day.
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Sudbury combines quality with value at its Te Horo grounds. Set hillside, a picturesque 50 minutes away from Wellington, it's sure to impress. The farm retreat offers a range of country-influenced ceremonies. Take your pick from the beautiful Pergola Garden, the rustic Hay Barn or the Garden Bar which also has an impressive open fire. The venue partners with the Canape Company for an exquisite dining experience in 'The Stables'. The dining area is in a modified stable filled with character, chic bathrooms, superior tableware, and a petanque court. A rugged west coast beach, with views of Kapiti Island, lies only minutes away making for dramatic wedding photos. They will even provide you with a picnic while you venture to get the perfect shot. They have horses on site which also add an extra element to the photos you’ll keep forever. Included in the venue hire package are all the essentials such as catering, furniture, lighting, sound along with some delightful extras like a vintage caravan music stage. They have a plush Cottage on site which can accommodate 5 people.
Anam Cara Gardens
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If you're after a beautiful wedding, where you’ll be surrounded by 10 acres of well-kept gardens, look no further than Anam Cara Gardens. This Wellington venue is new to the wedding market and your hosts will make their best effort to craft the wedding you've always dreamed of. Located on the Kapiti Coast, one hour away from Wellington CBD, the gardens are perfect if you're after an unforgettable outdoor ceremony. The modern and minimal function centre lets the gardens do the talking. The venue can host 120, with a bar, dance floor and kitchen inside. They are flexible on caterers and allow BYO for beverages. The venue is child-friendly and has full disabled access, perfect for the elderly or those without full mobility. There is also modern accommodation for 14 people on site.
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You will feel a whole world away at this 225-hectare ecosanctuary. The team at Zealandia have a 500-year vision to restore the valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems to their pre-historic state - an impressive goal which makes for very impressive grounds. The sound of your vows will be complemented with native New Zealand bird songs and the gentle lapping of the lake against the Heritage Lawn. You can even catch a wooden boat to your ceremony to make a very memorable entrance. Your wedding photos won't be short of inspiration as you make your way into the dense native bush of the sanctuary. Guests can enjoy nibbles and refreshments on the Heritage Lawn after the ceremony, before making their way to one of the buildings on the other side of the river for the dining and reception. Even better, all the profit made from your wedding day will go straight back into this protected nature reserve.
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If you're after a premium waterfront wedding, look no further. Aptly named, Dockside is situated in the heart of Queens Wharf. You'll be surrounded by stunning ocean views and moored yachts to make the day even more charming. The approved Wellington wedding vendor is large with multiple rooms; outdoor decking and a bar offer a great flow. The venue frequently hosts weddings, meaning the staff know the drill and will make sure your day runs smoothly. They have an in-house wedding coordinator who will be in charge of the big day so you can properly relax. A largely seafood-inspired menu brings the ocean to plate, perfectly capturing everything Dockside is about. This wedding venue can cater for 150 people in a seated dinner layout but has the capacity for 500 cocktail-style.
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This historic homestead is surrounded by luscious lawns, atmospheric native bush and 4 acres of pristinely kept grounds. Rich with history, the property was purchased in WWII, after which substantial renovations such as a ballroom and a majestic staircase were added. In 1993, further extension of the house included the 16 room motor lodge. Wallaceville House is situated in the Upper Hutt region and is only 30 minutes from Wellington CBD. Garden spaces prove a popular choice for the ceremony, or else there is an indoor hall should you prefer it. Their wedding packages are comprehensive and can be altered to your wishes. The basics include bar service, beverages, menu, wait staff, chair covers, sashes, table and venue flowers. They have large accommodation quarters for you and the special guests to soak it all up in style. Tradition and elegance are smoothly combined in this early 20th-century space.
Old St Pauls
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Old St Pauls combines all the traditional wedding elements with a modern twist. This wedding venue proves popular with couples, located right in the heart of Wellington CBD. The historic church, which now comes under the care of Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, is framed with high wooden ceilings and grand stained-glass windows. You are free to create your ceremony as you wish, with an on-site wedding coordinator to bring your ideas to life. Its central location makes the flow easy to the reception of your choice in the city. Wellington CBD has many great accommodation options so you can base yourself close to the venue. This Christchurch venue is the perfect intimate space if you're after a modern chapel to say your vows.
The Dowse Art Museum
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If art holds an important place in your heart, look no further than the Dowse Art Museum for a meaningful wedding. This wedding venue has unique spaces to hold ceremonies and is located in central Lower Hutt. The minimal and open areas mean you can craft your day however you wish. The seating can be arranged to host 200 guests. With catering discounts, glasses, furniture, a sound system, bar staff and a team to help you set up and pack down included, you won't have to lift a finger. The couple will even get their name engraved on a brick which is placed near the entryway to the museum - how's that for feeling special?
Landing at Homebush
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Landing at Homebush combines grace and romance in this lush countryside setting. You'll feel as though you've escaped it all with perfectly kept grounds surrounding the property. The venue is located 5 minutes from Masterton or 90 minutes from Wellington CBD. You can choose to have your ceremony at several outdoor areas like the chapel vineyard, the rose and ivy archway or in the gazebo. There is tennis, croquet, petanque and giant checkers to provide entertainment for all, young and old alike. Landing at Home Bush has seen all the reception options, from a luncheon, picnic, high tea garden party or the traditional dinner followed by the dance - take your pick. There is on-site boutique accommodation for a select few.
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Wellington has a huge brunch and café culture, so why not combine these urban elements with your wedding? Prefab is a popular eatery in the heart of Wellington. They have a lovely wooden events hall which backs onto the eatery, so when you're done you can step right back out to the bustling streets of the capital city. They partner with a range of different caterers such as Blue Carrot Catering, Canape Company, Capitol Restaurant, Food Envy Catering, Nosh and Good Chemist Catering. The cosy, wood-lined venue can seat up to 120 guests. This wedding venue is a blank canvas so you can decorate as you please. For a city centre eatery, the hire is extremely good value for money. With a range of great accommodation options in Wellington CBD, you won't have to worry about arranging transport for your guests.
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A gorgeous and sophisticated abode set on the Kapiti Coast, Trinity Farm is perfect for intimate weddings. Three acres of rose gardens surround the purpose-built barn, situated 1 hour away from Wellington CBD. The heritage rose nursery frames potential ceremony areas, a picture-perfect backdrop. Outdoor games, barns and stables all add to the after-ceremony entertainment to keep all ages amused. There is a large entertaining barn where classic sit-down meals or cocktail events can be hosted. Their wedding packages usually include glasses, tables, chairs, flowers, and music system. Drinks are BYO and there is no corkage charge. Unwind and escape from the hustle at Trinity Farm.
Rose & Smith
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Rose & Smith is a boutique wedding venue in the idyllic Wairarapa nestled behind The Tauherenikau Racecourse. The old tea house was built in 1923 but has been given new life as an event and wedding centre after its 2017 renovation. If you're after a perfect garden party themed wedding, Rose & Smith is a great option. Located just an hour from Wellington’s CBD and 15 minutes from Martinborough, the venue has that distinct world away feel. The timeless dining hall is surrounded by native bush, an outdoor roast spit, picnic areas and a dance floor beneath the stars. After dark, fairy lights glitter between the trees giving a whimsical, fairy-land feeling. The area can host up to 200 guests cocktail-style or 60 seated. They also have great accommodation options, an old jockeys quarters, that can host 37 overnight guests.
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Lacewood can be found on Tuhitarata Estate, a classic 23-acre property with charming cottages, private gardens and native bushland. The building was developed in 1860 and still holds its traditional last century aura. The homestead is found in the South Wairarapa valley framed by mountains and rugged coastline. The venue is 80 minutes from Wellington CBD or just 20 minutes from Martinborough. The estate is home to many great ceremony options such as the wooden glade outside the barn, the cathedral inspired barn or a quaint church located close to Tuhitarata. The rustic space can comfortably hold up to 200 guests. They have some great accommodation options for up to 22 people, including a honeymoon cottage and shearers quarters.
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An iconic city venue, Te Papa is Wellington's impressive museum. Jasmax Architects won a competition to design the building in 1998. They have tastefully combined a Māori face (north side) and European face (south side). An architectural feat designed to withstand earthquakes, lined with New Zealand wood and home to a range of world-class exhibitions. Along with being a wonderful museum, Te Papa offers some great entertaining spaces. In the heart of the city, surrounded by the Wellington waterfront and vibrant capital city culture, the large space can hold up to 450 guests. They offer 4 different reception options to suit your taste, including city views, Te Marae or the large naturally lit foyer. Their capable staff will ensure the day runs smoothly. They also have all-inclusive wedding packages which are great value for money.
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There's nothing more idyllic than having your wedding on a vineyard. Poppies Martinborough is a vineyard focused on traditional winemaking methods which also offer incredible spaces (and wine) to host your wedding. The venue is located in Martinborough, just over 1 hour away from Wellington CBD. The cellar door venue is broody and rustic with beautiful chandeliers lighting the dark space. The modern and rustic theme continues throughout the property into the gardens, barrel room and tasting room. Boutique-style accommodation looks on to the vineyard and is a perfect place to park yourself after the wedding day. The cellar door and café on-site mean you can choose to indulge even further after the big day.
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Tie the knot in the stunning surroundings of the Wellington Botanical Gardens. The Begonia House is located next to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden just 5 minutes from Wellington CBD. The glasshouse is filled with history, originally being constructed in the early 1900s to home the finest collection of Begonias in the southern hemisphere. Your wedding photos will be the next level in this plant oasis. The foyer is fully glass so you can admire the beauty outside. Inside the foyer, a range of plants fills the empty light areas; a perfect harmony of greenery and space. The foyer can comfortably seat 90 and is BYO. You are free to use their catering partners, who are happy to craft a menu suited to your tastes.
Waihōanga River Lodge
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A popular yoga retreat, Waihōanga combines serenity and intimacy on its Ōtaki grounds. Located a mere hour away from central Wellington, this wedding venue is nestled in a sensational landscape with an elixir of rivers, forests and countryside. Enjoy the natural surroundings in style with peaceful spaces, indoor fireplaces, marquees and outdoor games. They have some great humble accommodation options such as cabins, teepees and glamping tents. This Wellington venue's infrastructure blends harmoniously with the surrounding nature. Lots of local wood and soft colour palettes are used to craft the indoor entertaining spaces and accommodation options.
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Pencarrow Lodge is situated at the entrance to the Wellington Harbour. The estate combines the best of both worlds with rural, coastal and native bush all on one property. The original purpose of the land was a farm block, but after problems with cattle rustling, a cottage was built to keep an eye on the animals. This eventually expanded into multiple cottages after great feedback from guests who came to visit. The Lodge is now a popular choice for event hosting. Perched hillside, the lodge offers panoramic views of Wellington City and Baring Head. It's located near Eastbourne, 45 minutes from Wellington City or you can take to the skies with a 3-minute helicopter trip. A range of spaces and reception options means they can tailor your special day to suit you. Traditional fireplaces, lounge areas and decor line the properties indoor spaces. Their wedding hire packages include seating, linen, cutlery and staff. There is also a vineyard and cellar door on the property, adding that special touch.
Lake Ferry Hotel
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A mesmerising venue that combines ocean and lake views with incredible food. The quaint Lake Ferry Hotel is situated 90 minutes away from Wellington CBD, leaving you feeling a world away. The building is one of the oldest licensed hotels in New Zealand, but its modern touches ensure that tradition and practicality collide effortlessly. They have been welcoming travellers from all over the world since 1851, with much of the same building remaining. Its reputation as a great wedding venue has grown rapidly over the last few years thanks to its views and service. Lake Onoke is right on the doorstep and native bush dots the shoreline. They have an on-site chef who draws inspiration from seasonal ingredients with fresh seafood as the main contender. The homely accommodation section means you can enjoy a lakeside stay in comfort.
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This gorgeous seaside venue is an iconic Wellington attraction. You'll feel at one with the ocean as the upper deck level extends over the edge of the Wellington Harbour. The back of the building looks out to a glamorous cityscape. It has a rich sporting history, understood to be the longest standing sports club in the North Island. This old boating club has been the top destination for rowers since Wellington's colonial days. Lots of the original structure remains standing giving it classical ambience. This harborside gem allows for 200 seated guests for dining and offers great catering partnerships. Seasoned staff and coordinators make the whole day a breeze, organising DJs, bands, florists, caterers, stylists and any other service you wish. Combine history with modern Wellington views at The Boatshed.
Glenview Country Gardens
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Glenview Country Gardens is a peaceful family-run business in Kelson, Lower Hutt. If you're after that perfect outdoor garden wedding, you have come to the right destination. Its doors are open from October to April, making it a great summer venue option. Located just a stone's throw away from the city, 30 minutes from Wellington CBD or 10 minutes from Lower Hutt, accommodation transfers can easily be taken into account. There is a huge range of ceremony options such as The Hill Top, Native Garden, Oval Lawn, Magnolia Law and the Oriental Garden all with the mystical Tararua Mountains in the background. There is a rustic barn where the reception can continue late into the night, dressed up or down as you like. The flower-filled venue can host up to 200 people, with spaces for intimate or large weddings. The hire includes chairs, sashes, tables and wine barrels.
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This rural Martinborough venue provides a background of hills, farmland and stunning olive groves to frame your special day. Situated near the boutique village of Martinborough the farm has all the convenience yet still the appeal of an authentic farm venue. Tironui is a fully functioning farm which puts on a show to fellow bridal parties with a spruced up gazebo and newly-restored functions centre. The ceremony options are endless, many opting for the picturesque olive grove. There are a commercial kitchen and bar where the catering staff can set up on the day. They have a range of thoughtful packages which include a bridal arch, seating, tables, a ‘ready room’, a marquee, games and full access to the grove. Look no further than Tironui for a country but still stylish wedding day.
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Greenmantle is a luxury boutique lodge on the Kapiti Coast with award-winning accommodation. As part of their packages, they offer intimate wedding services, which are crafted with great attention to detail. Your wedding can take place poolside or in the chapel hidden in the native gardens. In their exclusive wedding packages, you’ll find hire of the estate grounds, all essential furniture, a poolside silk-lined marquee, candles and, of course, luxury accommodation for the bride and groom. After the big day, you can relax at the pool or private spa baths - perfect for tired and aching feet after all that dancing. It’s secluded, tasteful and will help make your wedding day the one you’ve always dreamed of. The highest quality of food, accommodation, facilities and grounds, all in one special place.