The 8 Best Wedding Venues in Wellington

Best Wedding Venues in Wellington

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By Anders Wilson

With picturesque views, abundant nature, and friendly people, Wellington is an ideal destination for weddings.

It has a wide variety of wedding venues from magnificent estates, farm settings, gardens, hotels, museums, and beaches. After all, it’s the coolest little capital in the world!

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, your wedding will be pure magic in this city. It will even be a breeze to plan your wedding with the help of a knowledgeable staff.

Continue reading to know which wedding venue has made it to our list.

The Best Wedding Venues in Wellington

Without further ado, we now present to you the absolute best wedding venues in Wellington!

1)   Tarureka Estate

Tarureka Estate Wedding Venue
Image from Tarureka Estate
BEST FORBarn wedding venue with old-world charm
SERVICESWedding Function Homestead accommodation
WEBSITEhttps://www.tarureka.co.nz/
ADDRESS38 Donald Street, Featherston, Wellington, 5710, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 (0) 22 376 7302 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 9.00 AM – 5.00 PM
PRICESSummer Weekend Weddings (1st October to 30th April)   Venue hire: $6,000 venue hire   Homestead accommodation: two nights, three days for up to 18 people (Friday to Sunday from 12 to 4 PM): $4,000   * The music and bar close at midnight for summer weddings, with guests leaving by 12.30 AM.    
Summer Mid-Week Weddings (1st October to 30th April)   Venue Hire: $5,000   Homestead accommodation: two nights, three days for up to 18 people (Friday to Sunday from 12 to 4 PM): $4,000   * The music and bar for mid-week weddings close at 11 PM, with guests leaving by 11.30 PM.    
Winter Weddings (1st May to 31st September)   Venue Hire: $4,000   Homestead accommodation: two nights, three days for up to 18 people (Friday to Sunday from 12 to 4 PM) – $3,500   * The music and bar for winter weddings close at 11 PM, with guests leaving by 11.30 PM.

Looking for a rustic barn wedding venue? We bet you’ll like Tarureka Estate and its historic charm and contemporary style.

An hour drive from Wellington CBD, the 19th-century estate is situated at the foothill of Remutaka Range. It stands within 8 acres of verdant garden and farmland.

This place lets you choose the ceremony area. It can be at the Loft Barn with quaint fairy lights, or at one of the private gardens, amid the native trees and plants.

On the upper floor of the barn, the reception can accommodate up to 120 guests. There’s also an open bar and a large dance area for everyone.

Furthermore, you can stay the night at The Homestead. Though it’s already restored with modern furnishings and equipment, the rustic magic still remains.

It also has a large veranda with a grass tennis court. You can enjoy a game or two with your soulmate, and have a friend take a picture of both of you.

You get the whole weekend to host your wedding here at Tarureka Estate, perfect for more celebrations!

Pros

  • Rustic barn wedding
  • 120-guest capacity for dining
  • Has an open bar and dance floor areas
  • Homestead sleeps up to 18 guests
  • Tailored menu to suit your taste

Cons

  • 1-hour drive from Wellington City

Customer Reviews

A lot of people who rented Tarureka Estate want to come back because of the stunning barn, grounds, and excellent hosts who helped make their day special.

One client, Alison, said of the venue:

“We couldn’t have picked a more perfect wedding venue for our special day. It was the first and only venue we visited. The barn was a stunning setting for both our ceremony and dinner.”

Here’s another review from a couple, Trish & Colin:

“Tarureka is the perfect venue for a wedding. The loft is the most beautiful setting if you are getting married inside, and the gardens are just gorgeous if you are planning an outdoor wedding. We opted for the loft which was stunning. But as we had such a perfect winter’s day we were able to have lots of fantastic photos taken around the grounds.”

2)   Sudbury

Sudbury Wedding Venue
BEST FORLuxury country wedding venue
SERVICESWedding Christmas party Events Lodging Dining
WEBSITEhttps://sudbury.co.nz/
ADDRESS101 Te Hapua Road, Peka Peka, Wellington, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS06 364 3064 021 104 7686 [email protected] [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 9.00 AM – 12.00 AM
PRICESWedding Venue Hire   1st November – 31st May (Friday – Sunday): $9,000 1st June – 31st August (Friday – Sunday): $8,500 1st September – 31st October (Friday – Sunday): $8,500 All-year (Monday – Thursday): $8,500    
Catering   Banquet style from All Things Food: from $105 per head  
Cottage 103   All year (two-night minimum stay): $650 per night

Sudbury is a luxury country wedding venue set amid rolling hills. It has spectacular views, a cottage, delectable food, wonderful horses, fun family games, and more!

It’s a 40-minute drive from Wellington City to the magnificent Sudbury property. There are a number of places to choose from for your ceremony and dinner.

Couples can choose to tie the knot under the stately pergola in the Pergola Terrace or inside the Hay Barn with dazzling fairy lights for the perfect romantic spot.

As the place is picturesque, you can find bountiful photo opportunities when you walk its popular farm trail.

You can even go to the stable to have a picture with a horse or drive west to the nearby beach where you can view the serene Kapiti Island.

Helpful and caring staff are around to ensure you have the best experience. Catering offers excellent brunch and dinner, all provided by All Things Food.

Cottage 103 offers a space for brides and bridesmaids to stay and prepare for the wedding.

Pros

  • Country wedding venue
  • Offers clay shooting and Giant Jenga
  • 5-minute drive to the beach

Cons

  • Expensive venue fees starting from $8,500

Customer Reviews

For clients, their weddings have never been more fantastic. One even came from Australia to tie the knot at this big country haven whose review you’ll see below.

Here’s a snippet from Gemma who chose Sudbury for her wedding:

“The venue itself is stunning. The pergola under which you get married has a stunning backdrop of hills and there are beautiful trees around.

The garden bar and stables were immaculate and the polished concrete, brick and wood makes for a perfect rustic but modern, minimalist vibe. The festoon lights in the courtyard just made it magic.

Dancing under the stars outside was scene we could never forget…”

Also, Georgia from Australia wrote of one of the best wedding venues in Wellington:

“Whilst planning a wedding from overseas isn’t always the easiest option, Janine and the team from Sudbury really made our dream day come true. From the absolute spectacular views from the venue for all guests to see, and the gorgeous trails on site surrounded with pure NZ beauty for the photographers to work their magic, this venue truly offers the perfect balance between the beachy, soft country, elegant vibe. Not only did they take all stress away from the actual running of the day, they had multiple choices of the best high quality businesses to work with for flowers/styling/music/photographers you name it.

I could not be any happier with how accommodating and professional they were to deal with, and if I got to re live that day all over again I wouldn’t have changed a thing! Thank you so much Janine xx”

3)   Te Papa

Te Papa Wedding Venue
BEST FORAffordable wedding venue
SERVICESWedding venue hire
WEBSITEhttps://www.tepapa.govt.nz/wedding-packages-and-prices
ADDRESS55 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS+64 (04) 381 7272 Fill out their form here to book your wedding
OPERATING HOURSOpen every day from 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM (except Christmas day)
PRICESClassic Wedding Package: $110 per guest Deluxe Wedding Package: $145 per guest

Maybe you’re more of a practical person who wants a more affordable wedding venue. In this case, Te Papa—located right in the heart of the city—is for you.

Its award-winning architecture is impressive to start with. Furthermore, you’ll be amazed to know you that the hire fee only costs a bit over a hundred bucks with no hidden costs.

You have four reception rooms to choose from: Icon, Oceania, Te Marae, and the iconic Wellington Foyer with a large round window showing the Wellington skyline.

A wedding planner will help realise your vision for the ceremony and reception. Plus, a satisfying three-course meal and drinks are included in the wedding packages.

Don’t worry, as there are quite a number of photo-ops within the Te Papa museum. That’s except for the copyrighted artefacts and certain museum areas, of course.

Pros

  • Affordable wedding packages
  • No hidden fees
  • Provides wedding assistance
  • Up to 450 guests capacity

Cons

  • Relatively few facilities and activities

4)   Boomrock Lodge

Boomrock Lodge Wedding Venue
Image from Boomrock
BEST FORUnforgettable seaside weddings
SERVICESWeddings Activities Cuisine Events Gift vouchers
WEBSITEhttps://boomrock.co.nz/
ADDRESS292 Boomrock Rd, Ohariu Valley Wellington, New Zealand 6037
CONTACT DETAILS+64 4 478 9587 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSMonday to Sunday: 8.00 AM – 12.00 AM
PRICESVenue Hire   Summer (November to April)   Friday & Saturday: $5,300 All other days: $3,600  
Winter (June to September)   All days: $3,050  
Autumn & Spring  (May & October)   Friday & Saturday: $4,300 All other days: $3,050

Boomrock is a first-class wedding venue with a lower price point. It sits high on a cliff, 750 ft above the Tasman Sea, with superb panoramic views to the South Island.

With a purpose-built ceremony area, it will give you an unforgettable wedding. In case of bad weather, they have a wonderful wedding space under the balcony.

They have a sumptuous banquet for you and your guests. They serve a three-course meal and premium wines, including flavourful canapes.

The reception can hold up to 120 seated guests or 160 for a cocktail-style event. This is backed by an exceptional service without any stress and difficulty for the diners.

Close to Wellington CBD, it’ll take you 30 minutes to drive here or a quick 6 minutes to fly by helicopter—talk about riding in style!

Pros

  • Clifftop wedding venue
  • Purpose-built ceremony areas
  • Gourmet menu
  • Canapes, drinks, and activities are available
  • Lower price point

Cons

  • Smaller-sized reception

Customer Reviews

Past Boomrock Lodge clients are totally satisfied. They noted their fantastic venue, professional and amiable staff, and excellent food.

Let’s see Janine’s feedback about one of the best wedding venues in Wellington:

“We had the most special wedding day at boomrock. The views are breathtakingly beautiful. We have received so many compliments from our guest and people who have seen our wedding photos  about the beautiful venue. Not only that Chloe is so kind and she made the wedding planning and  wedding day stress free. The food was also really good 10/10.”

Also, a client named Hayley wrote about the luxury venue:

“Absolutely fantastic venue! We had our wedding there last weekend and can’t fault it, staff were great, food was amazing! Special shout out to Harriet who made sure the day went to plan and was super helpful in the lead up to our big day � thank you so much Boomrock!!”

5)   Old St. Paul’s

Old St. Paul’s Wedding Venue
Image from Heritage New Zealand
BEST FORFormal church wedding
SERVICESWedding venue Concert venue Special function
WEBSITEhttps://www.heritage.org.nz/places/places-to-visit/wellington-region/old-st-pauls
ADDRESS34 Mulgrave Street, PO Box 12291, Thorndon, Wellington  6011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILSPhone: +64 4 473 6722 Fax: +64 4 473 6422 [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 10.00 AM – 4.00 PM * Closed Good Friday, Christmas Day and Anzac Day until 1 PM * May be closed for short periods during private functions. * Please call ahead to see if they are open.

Old St. Paul’s is a heritage church with a 150-year history behind it. Built of local resilient timbers, the cathedral is a gorgeous sight from both inside and out.

It has flags as you enter and a striking arched ceiling. The church lights up in a rosy glow that enhances its brass fitouts, elegant furnishing, and stained glass windows.

With the historical bell ringing as the bride enters, your wedding is made more special than ever. The band will play your tunes with a mouth organ and a classical piano.

Your reception will be held at Thistle Inn, located nearby from the church. Also, the church is very close to the Wellington waterfront and the Lambton Quay shopping district.

Pros

  • Gorgeous wooden cathedral
  • Musical band can play for you
  • Centrally located

Cons

  • Limited activities or photography backdrops

6)   Waverly On Wairoa  

BEST FOR

 Wedding Venue

SERVICES

 Weddings, Functions, Conferences, Team Building

WEBSITE

https://www.waverly.co.nz

ADDRESS

36 TANIWHA PLACE, BETHLEHEM TAURANGA 3172

CONTACT DETAILS

+64 7-576 4233

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Monday – Sunday: 9 AM – 12 AM

Whether you’re hosting a large or small wedding, Waverly on Wairoa will be able to accommodate it comfortably. They boast a large, open-space venue, as well as a strong and experienced team that is ready to assist you.

The view and location can’t be beat either. Soon to be wed couples dreaming of riverside weddings should definitely check out what they have to offer.

Pros

  • Can host up to 150 people
  • Generous deck space
  • Accommodates a wide variety of events
  • Good location 

Cons

  • Booked fairly frequently, scheduling might be difficult

 

7) Nga Manu Nature Reserve 

BEST FORWide range of activities after the wedding
SERVICESWedding Venue,
Room Accommodations
Kiwi Night Encounter
Feed-Out Tour
Walk Around The Reserve
Ranger For The Day
Eel Feeding
Education Visits
WEBSITEhttp://ngamanu.co.nz/
ADDRESS
74 Nga Manu Reserve Road, Waikanae 5391, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS(04) 293 4131
OPERATING HOURSDaily: 10am–5pm
PRICESStarts at $400 for 3 hours venue hire

Nga Manu Nature Reserve is another perfect spot if you want your wedding to be done in a place with a rustic and natural feel.

Robin’s Nest, their event spot for wedding, can house over 90 people. It offers an indoor and outdoor setting, ensuring that it’s still the perfect venue no matter the weather or season.

With over 14 hectares of land, photography for the wedding shouldn’t be hard to do, too. With Nga Manu Nature Reserve, endless possibilities are offered, but satisfaction with their service is definitely guaranteed.

Pros

  • Beautiful flora and fauna
  • Picturesque view
  • Free access into the Reserve for your Bridal Party and photographer
  • Discounted admission into the Reserve for your guests

Cons

  • Limited guests are allowed
  • Extra fees after 8PM

Customer Reviews

With almost a perfect 5-star rating in Google Review, Nga Manu Nature Preserve has proven that they should be one of the top venues to be considered in case you’re still looking for your wedding. For more of the feedbacks, you can read some of them below:

“This reserve is a great place to see native flora and fauna. Everything is well maintained and user friendly.
Loved the time we spent there.” – John Mills

“Such a beautiful reserve loved the walks, scenery, enclosures especially the nocturnal enclosure getting to see the kiwi up and about. Amazing, friendly staff too. Will definitely be going back.” – Tori Purcell

8) Pukaha 

BEST FORWeddings close to nature
SERVICESWedding Packages, Venue Hire, Elopment Package, Ceremony Hire, Wedding Professionals,
WEBSITEhttps://pukaha.org.nz/weddings/
ADDRESSMount Bruce,
85379 SH2 Masterton / Tararua
CONTACT DETAILS

06 375-8004

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURS

Summer (October – April)
9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Winter (May – September)
9.00 am – 4.30 pm

PRICESRates

Pukaha gives you the chance to have a wedding that’s close to nature. It’s easily accessible to people near Wellington — a 2-hour drive to the north to be exact.

Their venue is perfect for elopement weddings or weddings with few people. You won’t need to worry about lacking anything either, as they have personalised packages perfect for whatever you may need.

Soon-to-wed couples passionate about the environment will be glad to know that Pukaha’s weddings contribute positively to the ecosystem. All the proceeds will go towards Pukaha’s forest restoration and conservation projects.

Pros

  • Boutique venue
  • Complete set of wedding services
  • Intimate location
  • Personalised packages available

Cons

  • Maximum capacity of 60 people

 

FAQS about the Best Wedding Venues in Wellington


And that completes our list of the best wedding venues in Wellington. Hopefully, you’ve found one that appeals to both you and your partner for an amazing wedding!

Do you have any questions about the ones we listed here? If you have anything at all, just leave us a comment, and we’ll get back to you promptly.

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