The Best Queenstown Luxury Wedding Venues
— By Shanna McGeorge
11 September 2020
New Zealand is famous for a myriad of beautiful locations, but it's hard to beat the majestic mountain scenery of Queenstown.
This charming town is one of the most beautiful settings for a wedding you could desire, and the choice of venues and accommodation is extensive. Whether you seek an intimate venue, space for a big wedding bash, or housing for the wedding party and guests, Queenstown has it all. To remove some of the guesswork, this list covers some of the top luxury wedding venues that Queenstown can offer. They each combine all the right elements of flawless design, breath-taking views and smooth functionality. Each of these gorgeous venues will make your wedding day as special and memorable as you wish.
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Millbrook Resort's expansive grounds and mountain backdrop is a picture-perfect wedding venue. Reminding one of a storybook painting, it will also provide the photographic location of your dreams. The events team is available to assist you with planning for your individual needs. They also have recommended suppliers for flowers, cakes and more to simplify your planning. Finally, five-star accommodation will give you and your wedding party the perfect haven to relax and get ready on the day.
Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa
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If you want to include a fantastic food and wine experience with your wedding reception, look no further than Gibbston Valley. Situated in Central Otago wine country, this Queenstown wedding venue offers many spaces with different size capacities. There are options for culinary and fine wine experiences plus a luxury villa if you need accommodation. Much of their food is locally sourced and homegrown. You can rest easy knowing that they strive to keep New Zealand's environment clean and beautiful through sustainable methods.
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Another Central Otago wedding venue that offers up premium food and wine tasting in a picturesque setting. The Shed overlooks a pristine, glassy lake and is surrounded by lush greenery with the iconic mountain ranges in the background. Depending on the type of set-up you desire, it can hold 30-60 people for a reception. Their on-site catering makes it that much easier to plan a lavish food and wine spread for your guests. The team will help to arrange a customised event on request.
Nugget Point Hotel
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Situated in Arthur's Point, Nugget Point Hotel is a secluded, peaceful, and private wedding venue. That doesn't stop it from being conveniently located close to central Queenstown. With many spaces to choose from, the hotel can host up to 100 guests. They also provide top-quality catering and accommodation tailored to your specific requirements. The high placement above the Shotover River makes for an incredible panoramic view of the mountains and river flowing below.
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Kamana Lakehouse is the highest situated hotel in Queenstown. The floor-to-ceiling windows with their outlook across Lake Wakatipu take full advantage of this. Stylishly built and furnished, the Lakehouse is surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the lake and mountains. This is a beautiful luxury wedding venue to throw a magnificent reception and host your guests or wedding party. Their biggest room can hold up to 250 people, so if you have a larger reception in mind, they will have you covered.
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With a choice of eleven different spaces, QT Queenstown is a wedding venue that is flexible to accommodate whatever size group you're planning for. Their biggest room will comfortably hold up to 450 people, and the views across Lake Wakatipu will take your breath away. Meanwhile, the deluxe guest rooms will give you and your party an unforgettable pampering experience. The tasteful design and décor will make your stay as beautiful as it is comfortable. It's also conveniently located only 10 kilometres from the airport.
Eichardt’s Private Hotel
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As the name suggests, Eichardt's is a smaller luxury venue, perfect for the intimate wedding reception. Their spaces are warm, cosy, and impeccably furnished; accommodation is also available in a range of sizes. The terrace overlooking Lake Wakatipu is a lovely place to entertain guests. To make things easier, their team will help along every step of the way to organise all the details.
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This incredible estate is part of a working farm and near the Richardson Mountains, 45 minutes from Queenstown. With many rooms for accommodation and hosting, the airy lodge is full of natural light. Expansive windows allow for full appreciation of the scenery and location. You may choose from one of their packages or get in touch to find out more about what this Queenstown wedding venue can offer.
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Modern design and a focus on natural colours and textures make for a soothing sanctuary at Jacks Retreat. The building is surrounded by wild mountainous beauty that is open for exploration. With plenty of options for walks and drives, your stay can be as relaxed or adventurous as you feel like. A short spell in this exquisite accommodation will leave you replenished and recharged on every level. Complete with gourmet dining, care and attention are present in every detail of this luxury venue.
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Only 10 minutes from central Wanaka, Cardona Terraces resides on a vast expanse of land. This forms a private sanctuary of heavenly relaxation and can host a small dining or larger cocktail reception. The top-quality, luxury accommodation is complete with a heated swimming pool, open fireplace, and a library. The surrounding alpine scenery envelopes the wedding venue with iconic New Zealand beauty.
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The name says it all; this fantastic Queenstown wedding venue sits on the very edge of Lake Wakatipu for prime views across the water. Panoramic mountain backdrops frame the lake in the distance, and the proximity to central Queenstown allows for quick and easy access to all the town has to offer. Five spacious bedrooms fitted with ensuite bathrooms can house up to 10 guests. The house is fully equipped for relaxation and entertainment, including outdoor lounge and BBQ areas, spa pool, SKY TV, and free Wi-Fi.