Wellington Wedding Venues - The 2020 Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
27 August 2020
Setting the stage for your dazzling day means picking the perfect wedding venue. In Wellington, you’re spoiled for choice.
With wedding venues both large and small, quaint and modern, rustic and contemporary, Wellington is doing a fine job of showing off. From manicured gardens to classic chapels, you’ve got a wide variety to choose from when it comes to your big day - but what wedding venue reflects you? It’s your chance to wander around venues and discover what strikes a chord, but before you rush around the city, take a look at this list. We feature the coolest wedding venues in Wellington, basking in the beauty of their waterfront promenade and bustling harbourside. Your special day deserves a space that lights up as soon as you set foot in it, and, luckily for us, Wellington has bragging rights when it comes to utterly fabulous wedding venues of every kind.
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Set on a rolling hillside, a breezy hour away from Wellington, Sudbury makes a fashionable statement. This Wellington wedding venue offers a range of country-influenced ceremony spaces: take your pick from the beautiful Pergola Garden, the rustic Hay Barn or the Garden Bar (which also has an impressive open fire). Sudbury has also partnered with the Canapé Company for an exquisite dining experience in The Stables if you’re keen for some on-site catering. The dining area is in a modified stable filled with character, chic bathrooms, modern tableware, and a petanque court. A rugged west coast beach, with views of Kāpiti Island, lies only minutes away making for stunning wedding photos. The team at Sudbury will even provide you with a picnic while you venture out to get the perfect shot.
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It’s a luxurious, luxurious life with Boomrock. This Wellington wedding venue sits hilltop, cliffs plummeting to meet the crashing waves of the Tasman Sea just below. With awe-inspiring, panoramic views of the South Island and emerald New Zealand countryside, Boomrock certainly has that ‘wow’ factor. Only 30 minutes from Wellington CBD (or, for those fancy pants people out there, 6 minutes via helicopter), this wedding venue is accessible to all. Boomrock offers only the best, with your choice of indoor or outdoor ceremonies and accommodation options. The Lodge can cater for up to 120 guests while offering superb views of the South Island across the sea. The high beams and large open fire evoke feelings of elegant comfort in the country. For pre-wedding or reception activities, Boomrock has a clay bird shooting area and a vehicle racetrack, letting the fun live on at your Wellington wedding.
Anam Cara Gardens
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Anam Cara Gardens will have you surrounded by 10 acres of manicured gardens on your special day. This Wellington wedding venue is new to the wedding market, and the hosts will make their best effort to create the wedding you've always dreamed of. Located on the Kāpiti Coast, an hour away from Wellington CBD, these gardens are perfect if you're after an unforgettable outdoor ceremony. The modern and minimal function centre lets flora and fauna do the talking. Anam Cara Gardens can host 120 guests, with a bar, dance floor and kitchen inside. They are flexible on caterers and allow BYO for beverages. This venue also boasts modern accommodation on-site, so 14 lucky others can stay with you and relax before or after your wedding festivities.
Old St Pauls
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It’s all about classic wedding beauty with Old St Pauls. Blending all the traditional wedding elements with a modern twist, this Wellington wedding venue proves popular with couples, situated in the heart of Wellington CBD. The historic church - which is now registered as a heritage building under 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. The city has so many accommodation options, allowing you to base yourself close to Old St Pauls. This Wellington wedding venue is the ideal space for you if you're after a modern, well-preserved chapel to exchange your vows.
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Dockside brings you the beauty of a premium waterfront wedding in Wellington. Located in the heart of Queens Wharf, you and your guests will be surrounded by breathtaking ocean views and moored yachts to make your wedding day even more charming. This Wellington wedding venue is expansive, with multiple rooms, outdoor decking and a bar to offer a seamless flow throughout. Dockside frequently hosts weddings, meaning that the staff know the drill and will make sure your big day runs smoothly. They have an in-house wedding coordinator who will be in charge of your wedding so you can lay back and relax. Their seafood-inspired menu brings the wonders of the ocean to your 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, great for receptions, ceremonies and everything wedding-related.
The Dowse Art Museum
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For all of the art lovers out there, there’s The Dowse Art Museum. After all, your wedding day is art, so why not display it amongst some of the most acclaimed pieces in the nation? This Wellington wedding venue has unique spaces to hold ceremonies and is located in central Lower Hutt. The minimal and open areas mean you can create your day however you wish, with a capacity of up to 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 Dowse Art Museum, adding to that extra special feeling on your special day.
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Near the picturesque foothills of the Tararua ranges, Murrayfield is a Wellington wedding venue set on 11 acres of private, spacious gardens. Paradisical, spacious and filled with fresh air, this versatile space is the complete package: host your reception, ceremony and more on-site. There are plenty of opportunities for stunning wedding photography, as well as more than enough space for a dance floor. Murrayfield also features a museum and petting zoo, entertaining everyone of all ages, as well as an expansive deck adjoining their silk-lined reception area. With a capacity of 180 guests and an attentive, experienced team at your beck and call, Murrayfield is a Wellington wedding venue that has it all.
Landing at Homebush
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Combining grace and romance in a lush countryside setting, Landing at Homebush is a beloved Wellington wedding venue. Get ready to feel as though you've escaped it all in the manicured grounds surrounding the space. This wedding venue is located 5 minutes from Masterton, or 90 minutes from Wellington CBD. You can choose to have your ceremony in several outdoor areas, like the chapel vineyard, the rose and ivy archway or in the pavilion. There are tons of fun activities for your guests, including tennis, croquet, petanque and giant checkers. Landing at Homebush has a multitude of reception options, such as a luncheon, picnic, high tea garden party or traditional dinner followed by the dance. There is on-site boutique accommodation for a select few, ensuring that this Wellington wedding venue is the complete package.
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Te Papa is Wellington's impressive museum, doubling as an iconic wedding venue for you. Jasmax Architects have tastefully combined a Māori face (north side) and European face (south side) to produce an architectural feat designed to withstand earthquakes, lined with New Zealand wood and home to a range of world-class exhibitions. Aside from being an exciting and all-inclusive museum, Te Papa offers elegant and sweeping options for your wedding. In the heart of the city, surrounded by the waterfront and vibrant capital city culture, this wedding venue can hold up to 450 guests. Te Papa offers 4 different reception options to suit your taste, including city views, Te Marae or the large, naturally-lit foyer. Their capable staff will ensure your special day runs smoothly, with a wide range of packages to pick from and tailor for your wedding.
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Begonia House welcomes you to tie the knot in the stunning surroundings of the Wellington Botanical Gardens. Located next to the Lady Norwood Rose Garden and just 5 minutes from Wellington CBD this Wellington wedding venue offers class and beauty like none other. Their Glasshouse is filled with history, originally being constructed in the early 1900s and home to the finest collection of Begonias in the southern hemisphere. Your wedding photos are sure to be transcendent in this plant oasis. The foyer is entirely glass so that you can admire the beauty of the day from every angle. Indoors, a range of plants fills the empty light areas, resulting in a perfect harmony of greenery and space. Begonia House can cater up to 90 guests and offer a range of catering partners that will make planning your Wellington wedding even easier.
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We all love a seaside wedding venue, so it’s fortunate that Wellington has so many of these to offer. This gorgeous wedding 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, while 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; The Boatshed has been the top destination for rowers since Wellington's colonial days. Most of the original structure remains, giving it classical ambience that will only make your wedding even more elegant. This harborside wedding venue allows for 200 guests, offering great catering partnerships with tailored menus. Seasoned staff and coordinators make the whole day a breeze, organising DJs, bands, florists, caterers, stylists and any other service you request.
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A classic 23-acre property with charming cottages, private gardens and native bushland, Lacewood can be found on Tuhitarata Estate. The building was developed in 1860 and still holds its traditional last century aura. This Wellington wedding venue is located in the South Wairarapa valley, framed by mountains and rugged coastline. It’s is 80 minutes from Wellington CBD or just 20 minutes from Martinborough, and is home to many great ceremony options such as the wooden glade, the cathedral-inspired barn or a quaint church located close to Tuhitarata. This rustic wedding space can comfortably hold up to 200 guests. They have some fantastic accommodation options for up to 22 people, including a honeymoon cottage and shearers quarters, granting you an authentic and full wedding experience full of rural charm.
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Poppies Martinborough is a vineyard focused on traditional winemaking methods, which also happens to offer incredible spaces (as well as wine) to host your wedding. After all, there's nothing more idyllic than having your wedding on a vineyard. This Wellington wedding venue is located in Martinborough, just over 1 hour away from Wellington central. The cellar door space is broody and rustic, with beautiful chandeliers casting a golden glow over everything. The modern yet 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 lay back before or after your special day. The cellar door and café on-site means that you can choose to indulge even further, with sumptuous menus and plenty of fine wines to make your Wellington wedding a real treat.
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Situated at the entrance to the Wellington Harbour is Pencarrow Lodge, a Wellington wedding venue that combines the best of all 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 - including weddings. Perched hillside, the lodge offers panoramic views of Wellington City and Baring Head. A range of spaces and reception options means they can tailor your special day to suit you. Traditional fireplaces, lounge areas and decor line Pencarrow Lodge’s 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 rustic touch that Wellington wedding venues adore.
Rose & Smith
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Rose & Smith is a boutique Wellington wedding venue in the serene Wairarapa, nestled just behind The Tauherenikau Racecourse. Once an old tea house that was built in 1923, but has since been given new life as an event and wedding centre after its 2017 renovation, this is the perfect place to host garden weddings. Located just an hour from Wellington’s CBD and 15 minutes from Martinborough, this wedding venue will leave you feeling miles away in its splendour. 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 your special day a whimsical, magical atmosphere. Rose & Smith can host up to 200 guests cocktail-style or 60 seated. They also have fabulously fun accommodation options - an old jockeys’ quarters - that can host 37 overnight guests in their quaint space.
Waihōanga River Lodge
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Waihōanga River Lodge combines beauty and intimacy on its Ōtaki grounds as a popular Wellington wedding venue. 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. Waihōanga River Lodge has some cosy accommodation options for your guests, such as cabins, teepees and glamping tents. This Wellington wedding venue's infrastructure blends harmoniously with the surrounding nature, perfect for weddings with a more natural theme. Tons of local wood and soft colour palettes are used to craft the indoor entertaining spaces and accommodation options, making for a laidback wedding space for everyone to enjoy.
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Tironui Farm is a rural Wellington wedding venue that provides a background of hills, farmland and stunning olive groves to frame your special day. Situated near the boutique village of Martinborough, this wedding venue has all the convenience wrapped up in the appeal of an authentic farm venue. Tironui Farm 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, with many opting for the picturesque olive grove. There are a commercial kitchen and bar where the catering staff can set up on the day. Tironui Farm has a range of wedding packages which include a bridal arch, seating, tables, a ‘ready room’, a marquee, games and full access to the grove, which can be tailored to meet your needs on your big day.
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Celebrating Wellington’s huge brunch and café culture, Prefab invites you to combine these urban elements in your wedding as a popular eatery in the heart of the city. This wedding venue has a lovely wooden events hall that backs into the eatery - so when you're all done with your big day, you can step right back onto the bustling streets. They partner with a range of different caterers such as Blue Carrot Catering, Canapé Company, Capitol Restaurant, Food Envy Catering, Nosh and Good Chemist Catering. This cosy, wood-lined wedding venue can seat up to 120 guests. Prefab prides themselves on being a blank canvas, so you can decorate as you wish, painting the colours of your wedding day as brightly or gently as you choose.
The Milk Station
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Inspired by all things Italian, The Milk Station is certainly a character-filled Wellington wedding venue. 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 central. The Milk 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 luxurious 5-star accommodation that sprawls out over 20 rooms. If you want a taste of Italy right in the middle of Kāpiti, The Milk Station is a perfect choice for your Wellington wedding.
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Trinity Farm is a gorgeous and sophisticated wedding venue set on the Kāpiti Coast, ideal for intimate weddings in a rural setting. Boasting 3 acres of rose gardens that surround the purpose-built barn, this Wellington wedding venue is situated 1 hour away from the city centre. The heritage rose nursery frames potential ceremony areas, a picture-perfect backdrop for exchanging vows. Outdoor games, barns and stables all add to the after-ceremony entertainment to keep all ages entertained. There is a large entertaining barn where classic sit-down meals or cocktail receptions can be hosted. Their wedding packages usually include glasses, tables, chairs, flowers, and music system, but they can be tailored to suit your needs. Trinity Farm brings you a countryside escape, an excellent choice for cosier celebrations as a quaint wedding venue.
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Zealandia is an astounding 225-hectare ecosanctuary that doubles as a wedding venue. Their team has 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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Widely considered a top barn wedding venue, Tarureka Estate is a sure winner if you're after a rustic yet stylish Wellington wedding experience. This wedding venue is located in the Wairarapa, one hour from Wellington central. Classic meets modern at the Tarureka Estate's barn, as a delicately-restored homestead with wooden floors, dainty fairy lights and vintage rugs. Ceremonies can take place in the well-kept gardens, in the historic homestead or the surrounding native bush. This Wellington wedding venue can host up to 120 guests. They have caterers who can create a menu suited to your taste and beverages that can be sourced locally; they are also BYO. A scrumptious Sunday brunch can be arranged if you’re after another treat following the wedding festivities. On-site, they have accommodation for up to 18 guests, so the big day can continue at whatever pace you wish. Tarureka Estate gives you the entire weekend to host your wedding, so celebrations don't have to stop just because the wedding day does.
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Sitting on the outskirts of Ohariu, Ohariu Farm brings you a delightful countryside setting, tucked away on rolling hills and amongst fresh air. This Wellington wedding venue is a 30-minute commute from the centre of Wellington. As it’s located slightly out of town, you can fully immerse yourself in the stunning countryside but still have easy access to the city. Ohariu Farm’s indoor area combines a dining quarter with a bar and entertainment section. There are a fireplace and a wooden covered deck 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 a venue is solely a wedding and events centre, you can ensure you're in good hands with their experienced and attentive team at your side.
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Sit back and relax with Greenmantle, a luxury boutique lodge on the Kāpiti Coast boasting award-winning accommodation. As part of their event packages, they offer intimate wedding services which are crafted with great attention to detail. Your Wellington 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 unique place at Greenmantle.
Glenview Country Gardens
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Glenview Country Gardens is a family-run wedding venue 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 beautiful summer venue option. Located just a stone's throw away from the city, 30 minutes from Wellington central or 10 minutes from Lower Hutt, accommodation and transfers can easily be taken into account. There’s a variety 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. Glenview Country Gardens has a rustic barn for the reception to continue late into the night, dressed up or down as you like. This Wellington wedding venue can host up to 200 people, with spaces for both intimate or large weddings.
Silver Stream Retreat
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One of the most reputable wedding venues in Wellington, Silver Stream Retreat is set in secluded native bush with panoramic views of Hutt Valley. This paradisical wedding venue is 25 minutes from Wellington central and 7 minutes from Lower Hutt. With 3 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 Retreat has the capacity for 100 to 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. Silver Stream Retreat also has elegant accommodation on-site so that you can enjoy a seamless wedding day.