Are you thinking about getting married in a destination location? Not sure where you would like to go? Do you and your beloved feel the call to adventure? Do you love scenic pastures, gorgeous vistas, and discovering a distant culture’s history? Then maybe New Zealand is a perfect destination for your wedding. From beaches, vibrant cities, and tropical areas, to the mountains that “Frodo Baggins” climbed himself, this island has it all.

Hobbiton, Shire, New Zealand

Hobbiton, Shire, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island country, east of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of two main landmasses, the south and the north island. Because of its remote location, the islands were some of the last to be discovered by humans. In the early 1300s, Polynesians settled on the island and developed the Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to set sight on the land. The island became a British colony in 1840.  Because of its dual history rooted in Maori and British cultures, New Zealand has so much to experience.

Outdoor wedding, Mount Cook, New Zealand

Mount Cook, New Zealand

Now, how can you choose between the two islands? Let’s start this blog with New Zealand’s major city, Auckland. Auckland is located on the north island and is where most international flights arrive in New Zealand. Here are some premier locations available in Auckland to tie the knot.

Auckland Skyline

Auckland Skyline

Auckland is a well developed city that has many beautiful venues to offer. The first venue, The Wharf, would be a perfect place if you want the city’s skyline as your backdrop. It is located right over the Waitemata Harbour. It is also nestled directly underneath Pohutukawa trees. The tree, better known as the Kiwi Christmas Tree, brings a crimson color to the venue and is an iconic staple of New Zealand.  The venue has 4 accommodating rooms for your wedding. The Grand View, Harbour Lounge, Harbour Terrace, and The Pearl have been dedicated to attention of detail and each create an unforgettable sophisticated ambiance. The Wharf

The Grand View from the Wharf

Photo from the Wharf of the The Grand View room

If you are more interested in a countryside wedding, the Gracehill Vineyard Estate. one of Auckland’s premiere wedding locations, is just for you. With its luscious green grounds and private lake, they take care of bespoke weddings from 30 to 200 people. With its lake view room and adjoining vineyard room, this venue is perfect for an intimate night with your guests.  Gracehill Vineyard Estate

Photo from the Gracehill Vineyard Estate

Photo from the Gracehill Vineyard Estate

If you love the beach, Auckland also has the Bethells Beach Cottages. This venue site offers rich backdrops of natural beauty and sweeping views from the sand dunes to the Tasman Sea Horizon. Just clicking through the website I am having a hard time finding words to describe just how great the scenery is. It is nothing like what we have here in the States. The venue has 3 cottages available to rent so you could stay on premises. Check it out! Bethells Beach Cottages

Photo from Bethells Beach canopy

Photo from Bethells Beach canopy

30 minutes from downtown Auckland is a venue with 6 acres of stunning gardens featuring the looks of a tropical resort. Landsendt is a stunning wedding venue set in the rural Oratia valet in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. This venue offers paradise and is perfect for the summer season in New Zealand. Landsendt

Photo from Landsendt Gallery

Photo from Landsendt’s gallery

There are many more venues located just in Auckland and even more on the south island. After a very long plane ride from the States, it’s well worth it to settle in and spend a long time in New Zealand.

Departure for Auckland, New Zeland

Departure for Auckland, New Zealand

Let us know which venues you liked! If you want to see other options for venues not mentioned, check out Auckland Weddings. Happy Planning!

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