(Updated 2023 for Waikato and Bay of Plenty Weddings)
Hey there, lovebirds!
With over 15 years and 250 weddings worth of experience, I’ve got the inside scoop on the best places to tie the knot in the Waikato. From charming historic homesteads to sleek and stylish modern venues, this region has it all. So, grab your partner’s hand, and let’s take a delightful stroll through my top 10 wedding wonderlands in Waikato!
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- TREE CHURCH OHAUPO
If you’re in the Waikato region and on the lookout for a wedding venue that’s both unique and stunning, then The Tree Church in Ōhaupō might just be the hidden gem you’ve been searching for. Let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of what makes this place so cool.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Imagine a laid-back, natural, outdoor setting with gorgeous gardens. Now add in a chapel that’s living and breathing—made entirely of trees! The Tree Church sets the stage for a relaxed and enchanting atmosphere.
Guest Capacity: Planning to invite your extended family and friends? No worries – The Tree Church can host up to 100 guests, making it an ideal choice for gatherings both big and small.
Can I Get Ready Here? Absolutely! The Tree Church has you covered when it comes to getting prepped for your big day with its new accomodation. This also happens to over look the grounds so you can even spy on your guests arriving!
Can I Host My Reception Here? Yes, you have the option of outdoor dining under elegant shade sails, perfect for up to 100 guests.
Address: 119 West Road, Ōhaupō 3881
Website: Check Out The Tree Church
Other Details: If you want to leave your guests in awe, The Tree Church is the place to be. The real showstopper is that tree chapel – a jaw-dropping backdrop for your ceremony. But the magic doesn’t end there. The beautifully landscaped gardens provide endless opportunities for your wedding photos.
For those who live for sunsets, The Tree Church has got you covered with spots for both the golden hour and the dreamy blue hour photos.
I once photographed a wedding at The Tree Church where the couple decided to go for a picnic-style reception. It was a relaxed and unique way to use the space, perfect for a more casual vibe.
In a nutshell, The Tree Church in Ōhaupō is more than a venue; it’s a fairy tale setting for your special day. With its natural beauty, versatile spaces, and unforgettable atmosphere, it’s a top pick for those who want a wedding experience that’s both unique and chill.
So, if you’re on the hunt for a top-notch venue, make sure The Tree Church is on your radar. It’s an experience you and your guests will cherish.
2. THE RED BARN KARIPIRO
If you’re on the hunt for a wedding venue that effortlessly combines rustic charm with a captivating view, The Red Barn Karapiro is the place to be. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of this popular and picturesque spot.
Vibe/Look/Feel: The Red Barn Karapiro exudes a rustic charm that’s simply irresistible. But what sets it apart is the view – it’s a showstopper. Whether you’re indoors or outdoors, you’ll be treated to stunning vistas that add a touch of magic to your special day.
Guest Capacity: Planning to have a sizable guest list? Not a problem! The Red Barn Karapiro can comfortably accommodate up to 140 of your nearest and dearest. It’s the perfect setting for celebrations, both intimate and grand.
What are the options for my ceremony? The Red Barn Karapiro offers a choice of beautiful settings for your ceremony. You can exchange your vows beneath a magnificent canopy of oak trees, or opt for the new covered Barn – a fantastic backup plan in case of unexpected rain.
Can I Host My Reception Here? You sure can! The Red Barn Karapiro offers a seamless transition from your ceremony to your reception. Everything is conveniently close, making your wedding day a breeze.
Address: 5786 State Highway 29, Karapiro 3484
Website: The Red Barn Karapiro
Other Details: The Red Barn Karapiro is a beloved choice for a reason. It’s a photographer’s dream with iconic spots like the tree-lined driveway and views over the Hinuera Valley and Lake Karapiro.
For your ceremony, you have options. Choose the shade and serenity of the oak trees or the reliable cover of the Barn. No matter the weather, your ceremony will be stunning.
Need some extra photo spots? The Red Barn offers The Grotto, a picturesque backdrop to capture your precious moments.
What sets The Red Barn apart is its modern rustic vibe. It’s stylish and laid-back all at once. Everything you need is conveniently close, so your formalities and mingling spaces are well-connected.
Oh, and don’t forget the outdoor dance floor – it’s always a hit! Whether you want to dance under the stars or mingle indoors, you’ve got the space for both.
In summary, The Red Barn Karapiro is the epitome of rustic elegance, with a view that’ll leave you and your guests speechless. Its versatility and convenience make it a top choice for couples who want a relaxed yet stylish wedding experience.
3. THE HENLEY HOTEL CAMBRIDGE
When it comes to finding the perfect blend of classic charm, elegance, and natural beauty, The Henley Hotel in Cambridge is your ideal wedding destination. Let’s dive into what makes this revamped gem so special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: The Henley Hotel oozes classic and timeless elegance. Set against beautifully landscaped gardens and a serene outdoor backdrop, it’s the perfect place for a wedding that’s both refined and connected to nature.
Guest Capacity: Planning to have a grand celebration? No worries – The Henley Hotel can host up to 150 guests comfortably, making it perfect for celebrations big and small.
What are my options for the ceremony: The Henley Hotel offers a variety of enchanting ceremony settings. You can say your “I do’s” surrounded by the elegance of the manor, or choose an outdoor spot that captures the natural beauty of the venue.
Can I Host My Reception Here? The Henley Hotel effortlessly transitions from your ceremony to your reception. With both indoor and outdoor options, your wedding day will flow seamlessly.
Can I Get Ready Here? You bet! The Henley Hotel provides you with space to get ready and prep for your big day. It’s a one-stop destination that ensures everything you need is within arm’s reach.
Address: 151 Maungatautari Road, Cambridge
Other Details: Formerly known as Sarnia Park, The Henley Hotel has undergone a magnificent transformation and now epitomizes luxury in the Waikato Region. It’s the quintessential country wedding venue, seamlessly merging the allure of nature with a luxurious setting.
For those who love cherry blossoms, October is the perfect time at The Henley Hotel when these beautiful trees are in full bloom. Autumn is equally enchanting with its perfect lighting. You won’t have to go far for your photoshoot – The Henley offers a multitude of both indoor and outdoor options around its stunning grounds.
Sunset enthusiasts, you’re in for a treat! The venue provides a lovely space for those magical golden-hour captures.
In a nutshell, The Henley Hotel in Cambridge is where classic charm meets nature’s embrace. Its luxurious setting, range of spaces, and breathtaking surroundings make it the perfect choice for couples seeking an elegant yet natural wedding experience.
Intrigued to see it all in action? Check out a full wedding at The Henley Hotel, Cambridge by clicking [here](link to the full wedding).
4. NARROWS LANDING
If you’re in search of a wedding venue that’s equal parts trendy, elegant, and connected to the great outdoors, The Narrows Landing in Tamahere, Hamilton, is the spot for you. Let’s dive into what makes this venue so special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: The Narrows Landing is all about moody, on-trend interiors that set a stylish atmosphere. Surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and the great outdoors, it’s the perfect place for a wedding that’s equally chic and in touch with nature.
Guest Capacity: Dreaming of a grand celebration? The Narrows Landing can host up to 200 guests comfortably, making it ideal for gatherings of all sizes.
What options do I have for my ceremony? The Narrows Landing offers multiple options for your ceremony. You can exchange vows on one of the two outdoor lawns, or, if you prefer, consider The Conservatory for an indoor space.
What options do I have for my ceremony? The Narrows Landing ensures a seamless transition from your ceremony to your reception. The large reception room is perfect for
Address: 431 Airport Road, Tamahere, Hamilton
Other Details: The Narrows Landing offers a world of options for your ceremony, with two outdoor lawns and The Conservatory for indoor enthusiasts. You get to choose the perfect backdrop for your “I do’s.”
When it comes to your photoshoot, you’re spoiled for choice. The venue provides multiple scenic spots to explore, from lush maize fields and rustic sheds to picturesque tree-lined hills. Not to mention, The Narrows Landing offers fantastic open shade for your family and group photos.
One of my favorite weddings at The Narrows Landing had their reception outdoors, opting for tapas instead of a sit-down meal. The first dance took place on the deck, creating a unique and memorable experience. Alternatively, you can choose the Pirongia deck room, which can comfortably seat up to 250 people and boasts stunning views.
The accommodation at The Narrows Landing is not only a pretty spot for photos but also a great option for indoor photo sessions if the weather decides not to cooperate.
In a nutshell, The Narrows Landing in Tamahere is where moody elegance meets the beauty of nature. Its stylish setting, diverse spaces, and stunning surroundings make it the perfect choice for couples seeking a trendy yet natural wedding experience.
5. CAMBRIDGE TOWN HALL
If you’re searching for a wedding venue that combines the grandeur of traditional architecture with a vibrant, modern event space, The Cambridge Town Hall is the place to be. Let’s explore what makes this iconic venue so unique.
Vibe/Look/Feel: The Cambridge Town Hall beautifully merges the elegance of traditional architecture with a dynamic, contemporary event atmosphere. It’s the perfect canvas for weddings that blend the charm of yesteryears with the excitement of today.
Guest Capacity: Planning to host a grand celebration? The Cambridge Town Hall can comfortably accommodate up to 250 guests, making it a versatile choice for both intimate gatherings and large soirees.
What are the options for my ceremony? There are three unique spaces at the Cambridge Town Hall that can cater for different sized groups. The largest can cater up to 250 people!
What are the options for my reception?
Address: Victoria Street, Cambridge 3434
Other Details: The Town Hall stands as an iconic and affordable wedding venue located right in the heart of Cambridge. The perfect choice for couples seeking a wedding experience that’s a harmonious blend of the old and the new. It’s a versatile space where you can host both your ceremony and reception in the main hall, or you have the option to use various smaller rooms if you prefer to keep the ceremony and reception separate.
When it comes to your photoshoot, Cambridge town offers a variety of quirky and charming rooms. I also love the Cambridge town Centre for its sweet alleyways and shop fronts. The Town Hall is also in close proximity to beautiful parks like Te Koutu Lake or the stunning open space near Addison Street.
Personalization is a breeze at The Cambridge Town Hall. Add your unique touch to the venue, just as one of my couples did, by customizing the lighting to transform the entire space.
A major perk is the venue’s proximity to central Cambridge, making it an ideal choice for guests who prefer to walk to nearby accommodation.
5. ZEALONG TEA
Zealong Tea Estate in Hamilton is a wedding venue that seamlessly blends modern aesthetics with the rich history of tea. Let’s dive into what makes this unique venue so special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Zealong Tea Estate captivates with its modern architecture, which beautifully complements the timeless allure of tea. The result is an atmosphere that’s both contemporary and steeped in tradition.
What are the options for my ceremony? Zealong Tea Estate offers several delightful spaces for your ceremony. You can exchange vows beneath the charming pergola, or in case of inclement weather, the pavilion is an excellent alternative. Either choice offers stunning views of the tea fields and the picturesque Gordonton farmland.
What are the options for my reception? Planning to host a substantial gathering? Zealong Tea Estate can comfortably accommodate up to 180 guests, offering versatility for celebrations both intimate and grand.
Address: 495 Gordonton Road, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
Other Details: Zealong Tea Estate proudly stands as the only commercial tea estate in New Zealand, adding an extra layer of uniqueness to your wedding day. The venue’s various spaces are designed to showcase lovely views of the tea fields and the local Gordonton farmland.
When it’s time for your photoshoot, the extensive grounds are at your disposal. You can explore them in style with golf carts, an experience that the bridal party is sure to love.
Intrigued to see it all in action? Check out a full wedding at Zealong Tea Estate by clicking here.
If you’re on the quest for a wedding venue that seamlessly combines the beauty of restored period details with the allure of nature, Woodlands Estate in Gordonton is the place to be. Let’s delve into what makes this venue truly special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Woodlands Estate exudes classic and timeless elegance, thanks to its lovingly restored Homestead and expansive gardens. The atmosphere is a perfect blend of classic and classy, making it an idyllic setting for your special day.
What are the options for my ceremony? Woodlands Estate offers not one, not two, but three charming outdoor spaces for your ceremony. If you have a soft spot for nature and lush greenery, Woodlands is the perfect choice.
What are the options for my reception? The typical reception takes place indoors, but there’s also the option to create an enchanting outdoor dining space outside the manor, or even opt for a marquee setup. The guest capacity for the largest function room is up to 130 guests.
Can I Get Ready Here? You bet! Woodlands Estate provides you with a lovely space to get ready and prepare for your big day.
Address: 42 Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton Website: Woodlands Estate
Other Details: Here’s just a few reasons why we love Woodlands! Estelle, the Wedding co-ordinator, is excellent to work with and will go the extra mile to make your day both smooth and special! The outdoor dance floor at Woodlands, set in the charming courtyard, is a particular highlight. It becomes even more magical when the band plays under the pergola, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. The grounds themselves offer a plethora of photo options, ranging from grassy fields to meticulously manicured gardens, and both inside and outside the Homestead. Even on rainy days, Woodlands provides fantastic indoor options.
6. VILAGRAD WINERY
Photo by Ruth Gilmour
Vilagrad Winery: Where Mediterranean Charm Meets Rustic Elegance If you’re in search of a wedding venue that seamlessly blends the allure of the Mediterranean with a slightly rustic atmosphere, Vilagrad Winery in Ohaupo is the perfect choice. Let’s explore what makes this venue great.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Vilagrad Winery captures the essence of the Mediterranean, with vines overhead creating an intimate, enchanting atmosphere. It also boasts a slightly rustic charm, giving it a character that’s both elegant and cozy.
Guest Capacity: Planning to host an intimate gathering? Vilagrad Winery can comfortably accommodate up to 100 guests, offering the perfect space for cozy celebrations that don’t compromise on elegance.
What are my options for the ceremony? Vilagrad Winery boasts a generous ceremony space that provides shelter from the summer sun and peace of mind in case of rain. Your ceremony can be held in comfort and style, no matter the weather.
What are my options for the reception? Vilagrad Winery offers a versatile reception area, conveniently located right next to the ceremony space (and the bar!).
Can I Get Ready Here? You sure can! Vilagrad Winery provides you with ample space to get ready and prepare for your big day in their accommodation on site.
Other Details: Vilagrad Winery offers a spacious and welcoming ceremony area that provides a delightful break from the summer sun and ensures you won’t have to fret about rainy weather. For your photoshoot, you don’t need to leave the site. The vines, maize fields, and the old winery spaces offer a multitude of options. A personal favorite is the burnt-out winery, providing lovely shade for photographs on sunny days. The outdoor mingling space looks out over the vines, offering a serene backdrop, and there’s ample room for guests to mingle and enjoy themselves. With a raised stage for the band, the dance floor at Vilagrad is known for kicking off some of the best parties. In summary, Vilagrad Winery is where Mediterranean charm meets rustic elegance. Its versatile spaces, charming vineyards, and vibrant atmosphere make it an ideal choice for couples seeking a wedding experience that’s both romantic and relaxed.
Click here to see a full Wedding at Vilagrad Winery Ohaupo
7. TE MIRO WOOLSHED
Te Miro Woolshed, Cambridge: Where Nature’s Beauty Meets Rustic Charm For those seeking a wedding venue that seamlessly marries the beauty of natural surroundings with rustic charm, Te Miro Woolshed in Cambridge is the ideal choice. Let’s delve into what makes this venue special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Te Miro Woolshed boasts beautiful gardens and wide open spaces in a country setting, creating an atmosphere that’s both in harmony with nature and brimming with rustic allure.
What are the options for the ceremony? The most popular option for the Wedding ceremony is outdoors until the large Oak tree, with a view to the farmland that surrounds the woolshed. The Woolshed also offers a covered space for your ceremony, ensuring a perfect backup option in case of inclement weather. And as an added bonus, the lighting in this space is super pretty!
What are the options for the reception? Te Miro Woolshed provides an open plan reception area, with the goal to have guests mingling in both the indoor and outdoor spaces without relying on a set seating arrangement.
Other Details: Te Miro Woolshed, a beautifully restored woolshed, is nestled on a picturesque Te Miro farm. It’s the ideal choice for couples seeking a less formal wedding, with a wonderful balance of indoor and outdoor spaces that encourage a relaxed atmosphere. For your photoshoot, the nearby bike park, just a two-minute drive away, offers an array of stunning natural options. If you prefer to stay on-site, the woolshed itself provides some beautiful locations for your photos. Te Miro is budget-friendly, with a bring-your-own (BYO) element. You can bring your own alcohol, opt for food trucks, or choose your favorite caterers at no extra cost. Who doesn’t love the idea of a food truck at a wedding?
Zenders, Newstead: Where Dutch-inspired Elegance Meets Countryside Charm For those in search of a wedding venue inspired by Dutch architecture, Zenders in Newstead offers a delightful fusion of open spaces with a traditional country feel. Let’s explore what makes this Euro-inspired venue special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Zenders is a reflection of Dutch architecture, offering expansive open spaces that exude elegance and a classic country charm. The atmosphere is both inspired and warmly traditional, making it an ideal setting for your special day.
What are my options for the ceremony? The Willow lawn is the spot for your outdoor ceremony.
What are my options for the reception? Zenders provides a crisp, white reception room that serves as a beautiful blank canvas for you to personalize and create your own unique celebration. The Grand Hall can host up to 150 seated.
Can I Get Ready Here? You bet! Zenders ensures a comfortable space for you to get ready and prepare for your special day, offering convenience and ease for all your pre-wedding preparations.
Address: 44 Hopkins Road, Newstead
Other Details: Zenders is a refreshing addition to the Waikato wedding scene, offering a Euro-inspired venue that combines beautiful open spaces with a charming countryside feel. You have the flexibility to choose Zenders for just the reception or to host both your wedding ceremony and reception at this delightful locale.
For your photoshoot, you’ll have a range of options. The natural environment and Dutch-inspired architecture at Zenders can serve as picturesque backdrops. If you’re seeking a change of scenery, Hamilton Gardens are just eight minutes away, or you can explore a nearby forest for some rustic shots.
9. HAMILTON GARDENS
For a wedding venue where the allure of beautiful landscaped gardens meets the magic of an outdoor natural setting, The Hamilton Gardens in Hamilton is the perfect choice. Let’s explore what makes this versatile venue a great choice.
Vibe/Look/Feel: The Hamilton Gardens are a celebration of the natural world’s beauty, with expertly landscaped gardens creating an enchanting outdoor atmosphere.
What are the options for my ceremony? The Hamilton Gardens provide numerous picturesque settings for your wedding ceremony, each with its distinct atmosphere. Whether you dream of an Italian Renaissance Garden or a tranquil Chinese Garden, you can curate the perfect ambiance for your big day.
What are the options for my reception? The Hamilton Gardens can accommodate up to 250 guests in its large pavilion, with smaller spaces available for more intimate weddings.
Address: Hungerford Crescent, Cobham Drive SH1c, Hamilton
Address: Hungerford Crescent, Cobham Drive SH1c, Hamilton
The Hamilton Gardens offer several wedding packages, ensuring that you can tailor your wedding to your preferences and budget. You can choose from public or private garden ceremonies, providing the flexibility to create your dream celebration.
Personally, the Italian Garden is a favorite among photographers, providing a lovely size and a touch of privacy. Plus, it offers a wonderful canvas for photos, complete with delightful open shade.
In summary, The Hamilton Gardens are where nature’s beauty serves as the backdrop to your perfect day. With their diverse themed gardens and wedding packages, they offer a one-of-a-kind setting for couples seeking an outdoor celebration that’s filled with natural charm.
10. WOODSIDE ESTATE
Woodside Estate Wedding Venue: Where Vintage Charm Meets Rustic Elegance For a wedding venue that effortlessly combines vintage charm, rustic allure, and the enchantment of a forest, Woodside Estate in Tamahere, Hamilton, is a great choice. Let’s explore what makes this venue truly special.
Vibe/Look/Feel: Woodside Estate emanates a vintage, rustic, and forest-inspired atmosphere, creating a dreamy setting for your special day. The venue’s unique blend of styles offers an ambiance that’s both timeless and cozy, making it an ideal backdrop for your wedding.
What are the options for the ceremony? The standout feature at Woodside Estate is undoubtedly the Forest Chapel. Nestled in a lush forest, it provides a stunning backdrop for your ceremony, adding a touch of natural elegance to your wedding.
What are the options for my reception?
Address: Woodside Estate Wedding Venue Function Centre, 132 Woodside Road, Tamahere, Hamilton
Having photographed many weddings at Woodside Estate, I can say that each event results in unique photos. The venue offers a plethora of picturesque spots, allowing you to choose locations that best suit your personal preferences and style.
Address: Woodside Estate Wedding Venue Function Centre 132 Woodside Road, Tamahere, Hamilton
Other Details: The highlight at Woodside Estate is the Forest chapel, which is a stunning backdrop to your ceremony. I have photographed many Weddings at Woodside Estate and each time we get different results from the photos as there are just so many spots to go, depending on your personal preferences!
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