Venue Spotlight Issue 34

Browse our favourite wedding venues, learn about what sets each one apart, and get insider advice about how to find the right venue.

Choosing the perfect wedding venue is a significant decision in the wedding planning process—a choice that requires careful consideration and thoughtful reflection. With countless options available, navigating this decision can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve cast a spotlight on some of the finest venues where you’ll learn about what sets each one apart, and get insider advice about how to find the right venue for your love story.

Kauri Bay Boomrock

Location: Clevedon, New Zealand

Set on a private 500-acre property on the rolling hills of Clevedon, with expansive coastal views over the Hauraki Gulf, this purpose-built venue is unrivalled in its versatility. With a focus on outstanding New Zealand cuisine, wine and service, Kauri Bay Boomrock can host anywhere from 10 to 250 guests in a warm, relaxed atmosphere.

SPECIAL FEATURES With both coastal and rolling hill views, we have something for everyone and all weather conditions covered. Our dedicated wedding team takes your ideas and turns them into your perfect day. They will also do most of the set-up and pack-down, so you can have a stress-free day.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Choose a venue that aligns with your aesthetic and personal style, and offers the amenities you need. Think about what kind of atmosphere you want and make sure you go for site visits to get a feel for the space.

See more here: @kauribayboomrock |

Te Mata House

Location: Havelock North, New Zealand

Dating back to 1854, Te Mata House is an enchanting, elegant venue for a garden wedding.

SPECIAL FEATURES Our Paul Bangay-designed gardens are abundant with modern and old-world roses, lavender and sculptured hedges, with an aisle lined with crab-apple trees and wisteria pergolas. Surrounded by vineyards, the property offers beautiful views in every direction. Luxury accommodation on-site includes a cottage, the perfect place to prepare and to honeymoon, and there are many other stunning properties nearby for guests.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Read the venue packages and ensure the prices are within your budget before arranging a site visit. Take your time to visualise yourself in the locations available for ceremony and reception to ensure they fit the ‘look’ you’re after. Consider your guests: be sure the location, accessibility and proximity to other accommodation is suitable for them.

See more here: @te_mata_house |

Wonder & Full

Location: Queenstown, New Zealand

A boutique, elegant & modern venue nestled in the raw natural & wild beauty of Jacks Point, Queenstown.

SPECIAL FEATURES A venue with spectacular mountain and lake views, an elegant black framed clear marquee with a honed concrete floor, and all the necessary amenities like onsite toilets, container kitchen, outdoor wood fireplace, festoon bulbs and starlit night skies. Helicopter landing for a grand entry or scenic aerial interlude for more photos between the ceremony and reception. Couples can style the venue as they wish.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Have plenty of champagne and great music. Remember: the wedding day is for you and your loved one, so make sure you do you, and make it fun!

See more here: @wonderandfull_events |

St George’s Restaurant

Location: Havelock North, New Zealand

Our European-style courtyards surrounded by lush foliage are ideal for mingling and sipping champagne, snapping photos, or saying ‘I do’ under hanging grapevines. Flow between our modern, light-filled indoor spaces with cathedral ceilings — perfect as is, or able to be styled as you like.

SPECIAL FEATURES We’re a family-owned boutique venue, so we can personalise events and love doing custom menus that include a sentimental dish or cuisine that reflects your culture. Besides our effortlessly refined vibe and focus on stress-free organisation, we’re known for our food! We grow 90% of our own produce, so our farm-to-table offering is as authentic, honest and deliciously fresh as you can get.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Discovering the ideal wedding venue is easier if you know your requirements and priorities. Beyond aesthetics, delve into the venue’s inclusions and exclusions. Collaborate with esteemed vendors to ensure a seamless planning journey that aligns with your vision.

See more here: @stgeorgesrestaurantnz |

Auckland Museum

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

With striking neo-classical architecture, near-360 degree views of Auckland, and majestic columns in the grand foyer, the iconic Auckland Museum building provides a range of elegant backdrops for your wedding ceremony and reception.

SPECIAL FEATURES The museum has a range of spaces that can suit your requirements, whether your event is big or small. Our newest reception celebration space, the Origin gallery, is sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests, as you dance alongside the dinosaurs.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… With four spectacular venue spaces to choose from, there is an option to suit any style of wedding.

See more here: @aucklandmuseum |

The Red Barn

Location: Karapiro, Waikato, New Zealand

Set in a secluded setting, with expansive views of the Hinuera Valley, The Red Barn offers rustic elegance, rural charm and exquisite dining.

SPECIAL FEATURES With two stunning ceremony spaces to choose from, including a wet-weather area, you’re spoilt for choice. You and your photographer have access to our 500-acre property, which includes forests, grottos and a tree-lined driveway. We provide you with the resources to ensure your wedding planning process is easy and enjoyable, from vendor recommendations to menu planning, our fabulous in-house wedding planner will do the heavy lifting.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Choosing your wedding venue is a big deal — it sets the stage for your entire celebration. Make this choice a top priority. Once you’ve found that perfect spot that just clicks with your vision, every other element, from decor to catering, will naturally fall into place.

See more here: @redbarnnz |


Location: Wellington, New Zealand

Located in the grounds of New Zealand’s parliament, these four distinct spaces exude classic elegance and charm are newly opened for weddings.

SPECIAL FEATURES The Grand Hall has soaring ceilings, rich timber panelling and stained glass windows, while the Legislative Council Chamber has a distinguished historic atmosphere. Bathed in natural light, the Banquet Hall offers a contemporary, sleek aesthetic, as does the modern Galleria. A private lawn at the back offers picturesque options for ceremonies or receptions. Our team offers seamless event coordination and on-site services including AV, premium catering, and dedicated security.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Site visits are essential. Ask for the venue team to guide you through suggested ceremony and reception layouts.

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Hillbrook Estate

Location: Coromandel, New Zealand

A Scottish-style mansion surrounded by native forests, white sandy beaches and breathtaking views, the estate features an indoor heated pool, hot tub, helipad and accommodation for up to 20 guests on site. Located 10 minutes drive from Whangamatā.

SPECIAL FEATURES With access to a private white sandy beach and multiple ceremony locations to choose from, Hillbrook Estate offers exclusivity, with a limited number of weddings each year. Accommodation for up to 20 guests at the estate on site.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Hillbrook Estate offers both high and low-season wedding packages, and bespoke weddings that allow newlyweds to design their own day and choose any vendors they wish. Ensure your venue has this kind of flexibility.

See more here: @hillbrook_estate |

Old St Paul’s

Location: Wellington, New Zealand

A wedding venue since 1866, Old St Paul’s is a stunning example of Gothic Revival architecture, built entirely from native timber. Traditional with a twist of modern elegance, it is a welcoming and relaxed space that can accommodate large numbers or smaller, in the intimate and gorgeous chancel.

SPECIAL FEATURES Old St Paul’s is non-denominational and no longer a parish church, though still consecrated. Couples are invited to design their own ceremony, whether it is religious, civil, LGBTQIA+, or a renewal of vows. Ceremonies may be embellished with the services of the property’s musician, or the very memorable ringing of bells, at the arrival of the bride and at the conclusion of the ceremony.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… A dedicated wedding coordinator manages the process, and will also be a friendly and calming presence at the complimentary wedding rehearsal.

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Space On Crummer

Location: Ponsonby, New Zealand

Urban oasis meets industrial chic in Ponsonby. With white walls, steel beams and concrete flooring, this understated, light-filled space is the perfect canvas for your wedding day.

SPECIAL FEATURES Our chic, contemporary black and white air-conditioned space opens out onto a sheltered, leafy courtyard full of birdsong. There are options for ceremony locations and the ability for your guests to flow between indoors and outdoors. With a modern kitchen and caterer’s island, we have capacity to seat 80 for private dining.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Be sure to check the bathrooms! Find a venue that will manage your wedding so you can have a stress-free day.

See more here: @spaceoncrummer |

Trinity Wharf

Location: Tauranga, New Zealand

An oasis of sophistication and natural tranquillity, enjoy panoramic views of the harbour against ocean-blue backdrops and resort-style luxury: the perfect blend for an unforgettable wedding.

SPECIAL FEATURES Trinity Wharf is a full-service venue that offers flexible ceremony and reception locations, an underwater restaurant and bar, and 122 accommodation rooms for your guests. Our private pontoon provides the option of an impressive arrival by private boat or helicopter.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Go with your gut feeling. Make sure you are comfortable in your surroundings and feel confident that the venue you choose will execute your dream day in line with your vision.

See more here: @trinitywharftauranga |

Oakridge Wines

Location: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia

Sleek and modern, with neutral tones and panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows that allow the location to be the star.

SPECIAL FEATURES Our cellar door and restaurant are designed to make the most of stunning views across rolling vineyards to the peaks of the Dandenong Ranges beyond. Our wines and restaurant are award-winning, and our flexible layout means you can enjoy an intimate celebration in the Syrah Room for up to 36 guests, complete with a private deck (perfect for your ceremony), or you could take over the entire venue for an exclusive wedding of up to 100 guests.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Consider whether the venue’s team has the experience to create the style of wedding you are imagining. Your day is going to be a special memory for the rest of your life and you may have an idea of what it might look like, but it’s good to be sure that the venue has the experience to bring that idea to life for you.

See more here: @oakridgewines |

Tailrace Weddings

Location: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

We’re a wedding centre with a variety of modern rooms with windows overlooking the river, our beautiful wedding lawn and gardens.

SPECIAL FEATURES We’re here for you! From set-up to ceremony to reception and catering, we have you covered. We even have a playground for the kids, an in-house celebrant, styling packages, and are only a 5 minute drive from the Launceston CBD.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Find out exactly what the venue provides and what you need to provide, source and do. Decide how much work you want to put in, and either hire a wedding planner to help, or find a venue that fits your desired workload.

See more here: @tailracecentre |

Piggs Peake

Location: Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

By day, Piggs Peake is a bustling cellar door and winery in a bushland setting, with an abundance of wine barrels, stone in the courtyard, and an ever growing kitchen garden. By night, our onsite restaurant, Yellow Billy, focuses on the art of cooking over fire with custom fire pits taking centre stage.

SPECIAL FEATURES By working alongside Yellow Billy and Isn’t it Lovely Events, we’re ready to help create a seamless, completely customised event. Our four beautiful reception spaces and two stunning ceremony options offer a private, boutique feel. Yellow Billy Restaurant uses ingredients sourced from our onsite garden, local suppliers and farmers committed to sustainable practices.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Be unique! We produce wines that are unique by their very nature and we believe your wedding day should be no different.

See more here: @piggspeake |

Palms Pavilion at Tiona

Location: Wallis Lake, NSW, Australia

With absolute lake frontage, beautiful lawns rolling out from full-length windows to the edge of Wallis Lake, and a unique beach rainforest setting, this architecturally designed space offers natural light and unobstructed water views.

SPECIAL FEATURES The venue can host up to 140 guests seated and up to 200 guests cocktail-style, with holiday cabin, treehouse glamping and holiday house accommodation options nearby. Surrounded by nature, our events centre is also home to The Green Cathedral, an outdoor church with natural wooden pews enclosed by a beautiful palm forest.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Pick somewhere unique! Nowhere else on the east coast of Australia can you watch the sun set over water from your wedding venue.

See more here: @palmspavilionattiona |

Josef Chromy Wines

Location: Tasmania, Australia

Our century-old lakeside gardens and 1800s homestead with cellar door flow seamlessly through to a modern restaurant that can cater to any style of dining, from casual shared meals to formal, curated food experiences. Both ceremonies and formalities can be hosted on site, as well as dining for up to 150 guests.

SPECIAL FEATURES A single destination point with an experienced team that can look after your entire day — from guest arrival, through your ceremony and post-ceremony formalities, to reception set-up, canapes, meals, cake service, and bar options.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Focus your time, energy and budget on the elements that are most important to you. Give yourself enough time planning to not be overwhelmed: 12-18 months is ideal.

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The Retreat at Chapel Hills

Location: McLaren Vale, South Australia

A picturesque vineyard oasis that encourages you to breathe a little deeper. A perfect blend of stone, spectacular views and modern luxury.

SPECIAL FEATURES On the site of the region’s first chapel, Chapel Hill has hosted weddings for over a hundred years. Offering uninterrupted vineyard views, access to the original chapel for photos, an expansive deck perfect for drinks and dancing and lawns with a permanent arbour. The Retreat includes seven accommodation suites and a guest house and can cater for up to 200 guests (cocktail) or 95 seated. Catering is by local culinary icon, The Salopian Inn.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… It’s a very personal decision. Most couples just know when they walk into the right space. Be prepared with any questions you may have before viewing wedding venues. It is a big decision but it shouldn’t be daunting.

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Mewburn Park

Location: Maffra, Victoria, Australia

A historic estate with a modern twist in the heart of Gippsland, Mewburn Park includes an old homestead, extensive gardens, historic brick stables and a stunning, clear-view marquee.

SPECIAL FEATURES No need to drive between locations, we have it all: various ceremony spots (including bad weather options), a blank canvas marquee, highly professional service and yet a very relaxed atmosphere. The owners ensure each wedding runs smoothly. We are graphic designers by trade, so our eye for detail is superb.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Book where your heart desires. Make sure to ask all the questions in your viewing and check if you are vibing with your suppliers, as these are the people who will make your day amazing. Also, try to extend the time everyone spends being together, with a recovery session the next day as that is when you hear all the ‘behind the scenes’ stories…

See more here: @mewburnpark |

Finca Son Togores

Location: Mallorca, Spain

Nestled in the scenic embrace of Mallorca lies the enchanting Finca Son Togores. With its backdrop of lush forests and majestic mountains, this historic venue evokes romance and grandeur. The ancient cloister, stately halls, and expansive garden terraces create a magnificent stage for your special day.

SPECIAL FEATURES Glistening courtyards and sweeping views of the countryside set the scene for unforgettable moments. At Son Togores, your wedding is not just an event; it’s a celebration of love amidst the beauty of Mallorca’s finest.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Book a destination wedding so you can holiday afterwards.

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Images below by @julian_baecher_photography & @benjaminwheeler

Villa Di Ulignano

Location: Tuscany, Italy

Nestled in the heart of Tuscany, our 17th century villa is perched on a hill and surrounded by a magnificent garden with centuries-old trees, part of a 17-acre property. Although grand, the atmosphere is relaxed and authentic.

SPECIAL FEATURES This intimate haven exudes a serene charm and has hosted couples from all over the globe. Able to host 20 to 120 guests, with accommodation options in the nearby countryside, the villa offers flexible options for relaxed events, with intimate settings for the ceremony, and the ability to keep family and friends comfortable for days at a time. We can connect you with professionals who will help you with paperwork and event coordination, handling every detail from ceremony to reception.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Relax and let your dreams of a Tuscan wedding become reality.

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Images below by @stephanandnakita.

Château Talaud

Location: Provence, France

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Provence region, with meticulously manicured gardens, Château Talaud stands as a timeless masterpiece of elegance and romance, an idyllic backdrop for a truly unforgettable wedding.

SPECIAL FEATURES From the stately courtyard to the elegant ballroom, every corner of this château radiates a sense of old-world splendour, making it the perfect setting for couples to embark on their journey of love and commitment. Château Talaud is not just a wedding venue; it is a dream come true for those seeking a touch of Provencal magic.

WHEN BOOKING VENUES… Seek a venue that you feel in your heart.

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Images below by @benjaminwheeler