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Jared Jeffery

20 Oct, 2020, 4:15 am


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Almost everything about a wedding is optional. From going barefoot and skipping the suit to opting out of a wedding cake and ditching the flowers, the ball is entirely in your court when it comes to planning your big day. 

While you can take your pick on just about everything, there is one unavoidable decision – the location. What’s the point in making all the bookings, inviting all your loved ones and order all the food, if you don’t have somewhere to come together and celebrate the moment!? 

Although picking a location is inevitable, it’s not an easy decision neither. There are just so many options to choose from, and the ideal location looks different to everyone. The greatest part about wedding venue hunting in New Zealand’s North Island is that you’re guaranteed to find something that ticks all of your boxes. Wicked Stag are the destination specialists with 100s of suppliers throughout the North Island, New Zealand.

From stunning barns to waterfront ballrooms and everything in between, your dream venue is just waiting to be discovered. To help you through the decision-making process, we’ve scoured the island to find our favourite venues, and we’ve rounded it off at our top five picks for the ultimate wedding venue in New Zealand North Island.

Top Five Wedding Venues New Zealand North Island 

Old Forest School, Bay of Plenty 

Are you one of those people that has a not-so-secret Pinterest board of your dream wedding that is scattered with boho vibes and #weddinginspo? Maybe your partner has a camera full of images screenshotted from rustic weddings on Instagram? If that sounds familiar, the Old School Forest is your dream come true. 

The venue popped up way back in 1930 as a school and community centre for the local community. Since then, the five-acre property has been transformed into one of the most picturesque wedding venues on the entire island. Imagine the original timber hall surrounded by 80-year-old Redwood trees and an old barn that comes complete with vintage chairs, rustic props and industrial lights. It’s truly one of a kind. 

Location: 795 Rotoehu Road, Pongakawa, Bay of Plenty 

Mantells, Mt Eden & Auckland Waterfront 

Mantells is where cosmopolitan style meets luxury elegance. Offering two locations, these venues are overflowing with lavishness, beauty and class, and offer everything you could possibly dream of for your big day. 

The Mount Eden venue is a stunning, Italian-inspired villa that flows out onto a sundrenched courtyard and plenty of greenery. Mantells on the Water is found on the glistening Auckland Waterfront and looks across at the iconic Harbour Bridge. Both locations are renowned for impeccable services, delicious food and a team of wedding planners that take the hard work out of planning your celebrations.

Location: 466A Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Auckland or 19 Tamaki Drive, Orakei Auckland

Atrium Wintec, Hamilton 

Before you start asking who on earth would want to tie the knot at a tech institute, take a look at Atrium Wintec. With its stylish original exposed brick, stunning floor-to-ceiling glass walls and contemporary furniture, this venue as a chic industrial canvas for a show-stopping wedding. 

One of the most significant selling points for Atrium Wintec is the space. The venue can sit up to 360 people and has plenty of room for a DJ, band or performance – which means you’ll have an excuse to get the dancefloor started too! Atrium Wintec is the type of place where you’ll be boogying until the early hours of the morning, and you won’t even realise that time is flying by.

Location: Rotokauri Hub, Gilchrist Street Hamilton

Sudbury, Wellington 

Sudbury is the type of place that will make even your happily single, bachelor-lifestyle-loving mates want to get married ASAP. The picture-perfect venue is found just under an hour North of the city CBD and is the perfect mix of country charm and sophistication. 

Set on a ridge overlooking the valley, you can make your vows under the timber pergola that frames the breathtaking views of the region. There is also a rustic Hay Barn with twinkling fairy lights on offer for those looking for an indoor option. After the formalities are completed, the entertainment terrace is the ideal place to bring everyone together for a drink, a photo or even to play the variety of games on offer.

Location: 101 Te Hapua Road, Peka Peka Wellington 

Cable Bay, Waiheke 

Last, but most certainly not least, is Cable Bay – because what’s a Kiwi wedding without a killer winery!? There are so many breathtaking vineyards around Waiheke and the surrounding area, but Cable Bay definitely takes the cake for a winery wedding venue. 

It goes without saying that you can expect a world-class range of beverages in every wedding packages, as well as delicious food and top-notch service. An outdoor ceremony at Cable Bay also means magnificent ocean views of the Hauraki Gulf and the backdrop of ever-changing colours in the vineyard. It’s the idyllic island location for any happy couple.

Location: 12 Nick Johnstone Drive, Oneroa Waiheke Island. 

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