If you a) are a human and b) have a heart, the mere mention of weddings is likely to put a smile on your dial. Whether it’s the everlasting love or the copious amounts of booze, food, cake and boogying, weddings are something that even the staunchest of people go mushy for.
We found New Zealand’s prettiest wedding venues and now it’s time to hone in on the City of Sails. Not all wedding venues are made equal but there are some Auckland gems that will ensure that your special day is an absolute cracker. From converted barns and tropical gardens to concrete jungle chic, here are the most beautiful wedding venues in Auckland. All you have to do now is convince your chosen soulmate to agree with you.
The Tasting Shed
Any venue that says “we want to make your wedding a festival of love!” is a winner in our books. The Tasting Shed strives to make each and every wedding as unique and beautiful as possible, down to the very last detail. They’ll help you organise flowers, celebrants, photographers, cakes...you name it, they’ll find the best option for you. Better yet, you’ll be able to feast on The Tasting Shed’s fine food on your wedding day.
Mt Eden & Auckland Waterfront
Ye ol’ rustic barn in the woods theme is still going strong but for some lovebirds, an Auckland City wedding is where it’s at. If you just thought/said/yelped “that’s me!” then put Mantells on your radar. With two venues—Mt Eden and the gorgeous Auckland waterfront—Mantells specialises in bringing elegant, classy wedding dreams to life. Mantells Mt Eden channels some seriously dreamy Italian villa feels complete with a courtyard for the perfect indoor-outdoor flow, and Mantells on the Water combines a stunning view of the harbour with excellent service, food and special touches.
Kauri Bay Boomrock
This beauty is one of the most sought after wedding venues in Auckland and after a quick peek the photos, it’s easy to understand why. Not only is Kauri Bay Boomrock is a ridiculously stunning location (it really is hard to beat panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf), their team has got the whole wedding procedure down pat. From bespoke menus, specialised transport, entertainment and a handy wet weather option, they’ll really go out of their way to make your special day as stress-free as possible.
Farm girl at heart? Jonkers Farm is exactly what you need from a wedding venue. With a whoppers 540 acres of land, this breath-taking place is just 30-minutes from the CBD but will make you and your guests feel like you’re in a rural fairytale. There’s plenty of room for marques or tents and since there’s not on-site catering, you’ll be given free reign to pick and choose the food, booze and entertainment. Pro tip: build a DIY dance floor for boogying under the stars.
There’s something about a Waiheke wedding that gets us excited. Maybe it’s the natural beauty of the island or maybe it’s the abundance of wine...either way, you can’t go wrong with a wedding on Auckland’s favourite island. Mudbrick is a timeless Waiheke wedding venue that will deliver a memorable day no matter the season. In the warmer months guests can enjoy the beautiful gardens and during winter, the roaring open fireplace will make for a cosy, intimate event. The food is guaranteed to have everyone raving for months on end. As for the wine? Mudbrick. ‘Nuff said.
Longing to tie the knot on a tropical island but don’t want to deal with destination wedding logistics? Let us introduce you to Landsendt. Located in west Auckland, this unique venue is styled like a world-class island resort. We’re talkin’ palm trees, jungle flowers, bamboo, lush tropical plants and, of course, fairy lights. It seats up to 100 guests and with two available bar areas, there’s a good chance that your beloved mojitos will be flowing all night long.
So it’s technically not in Auckland but Puhoi’s Boutique Barn is the perfect venue for those wanting an intimate, boho wedding. With a 50 person capacity, the Boutique Barn is an actual barn with kauri floorboards and sparkly yet tasteful chandeliers. There’s a quirky selection of vintage props, furniture and glassware available as well as a boutique caravan bar (heck yes!). You and your new hubby/wifey will be able to scuttle off to an on-site converted barn while your guests dance the night away.
Surfdale, Waiheke Island
Outdoor ceremonies don’t get much better than Goldie Estate. Promise forever with your person under a hilltop Pohutukawa tree or amongst the rolling vines before putting on an unforgettable shindig. Goldie Estate can accommodate up to 250 guests and will make your day an absolute breeze with all-inclusive catering. You can’t go wrong with this one.
You’re an urban chic kinda couple and you need an Auckland wedding venue to reflect exactly that. Quay Project fits the bill. Set in one of Britomart’s heritage-listed buildings, Quay Project is a beautiful blank canvas of high ceilings, exposed beams and worn but wonderful paintwork, ideal for a design-savvy bride who wants to take the reigns on the wedding’s look and feel. The location is stellar, too! Once the newlyweds call it a night, guests can make their way into Britomart and continue the party into the early hours.
No list of Auckland's most beautiful wedding venues would be complete without mentining stunning Bracu. Situated in Bombay, tie the knot while surrounding by an olive grove. The ultimate in luxury, there are three places to have your nuptials—the island, a purpose-built covered space beside a tranquil stream, the pavilion for an indoor occassion and lakeside, surrounded by a lake, olive grove and views of the Bombay Hills.
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