Queenstown Wedding Venues - the Complete Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
21 September 2021
For a fairytale wedding, let's take a trip to Queenstown. Rolling hills, snowcapped summits and picture-perfect surroundings make for a picture-perfect day.
Queenstown is known for hosting weddings. They do it all so well, with their plethora of experienced vendors and picturesque settings. When you plan a Queenstown wedding, you’re planning the event of a lifetime. It makes complete sense that you want the venue to match this. Luckily for you, Queenstown wedding venues are the cream of the crop. From rustic and cute to gleaming and sleek, their selection is some of the best in the country. You’re sure to find the ideal location for your big day, no matter the style or season of your wedding. This is our comprehensive guide to the best Queenstown wedding venues, so take your pick.
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For something with an added edge of exclusivity, why not pop by Moonlight Lodge? This is a Queenstown wedding venue designed to make your big day truly unforgettable. As a country lodge nestled deep in Ben Lomond Station, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views, an unmatched atmosphere, luxurious accommodation and more. It hosts up to 26 guests, including on-site lodging for all of them, surrounded by rugged terrain and complete privacy. Your Queenstown wedding can be the thing of dreams at this stunning venue. The talented team at Moonlight Lodge can help plan bespoke menus, coordinate your special day, arrange transport and more.
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Tucked away in the dreamy Gibbston Valley, Kinross makes its statement as a bright and beautiful Queenstown wedding venue. They boast paradise water features, schist ruins, hundred-year-old trees, designated BBQ areas, playgrounds, petanque, a wine garden and cellar, and walking and cycle trails. With all these perks and more, they ensure that your wedding will be as exciting as it is gorgeous. Kinross can host up to 60 seated guests − and many more at a canapé or tapas-style affair. Kinross selects its wines from 5 local and wonderful wine labels. They also source most of their on-site catering produce locally, including their own herb and vegetable garden.
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Stoneridge Estate offers views of Lake Hayes and the alpine peaks, making for a spectacular and seasoned Queenstown wedding venue. Stoneridge Estate is a 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and a 5-minute drive from Arrowtown. It can host anywhere from 6 to 180 guests in any of its luxurious venue options, spanning 12 acres in total. Their team has a wealth of experience when it comes to weddings. They offer 3 different spaces for your day: The Boardroom, The Hayes Room and The Lodge Dining Room. No matter which you choose, they are dedicated to making your wedding as fabulous as possible. Pick from their tailored menus and packages to suit all of your needs.
Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa
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Check out Gibbston Valley, an emerald green winery surrounded by mountains. It's near the refreshing waters of the Kawarau River and a scenic 25-minute drive from Queenstown central. The Gibbston Winery Restaurant, Wine Cave and Wine Vault are all available for exclusive wedding venue hire, with a capacity of up to 200 guests for your big day. They offer the options of on-site catering, live entertainment, and a team committed to planning and managing your event. Gibbston Valley features a helipad nearby for guests - or the couple if they so choose - who wish to arrive in style. Several accommodation options surround the winery for travelling guests - or you. Gibbston Valley is an ideal venue for a picturesque Queenstown wedding.
Mt. Nicholas Station
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Mt. Nicholas Station extends across 100,000 acres of rolling, private land. It serves as a wedding venue that prides itself on hosting both indoor and outdoor weddings across its entire property. Flowering mountain peaks, breathtaking valleys, 14 kilometres of fresh beachfront, and so much more, Mt. Nicholas Station offers an unrivalled backdrop of natural beauty and Queenstown appeal for your wedding. With a capacity ranging from 10 to 150 guests, their spaces are varied. They include a private beachfront, styled marquee, lakeside woodshed and historic stone cottage. Mt Nicholas Station has a team committed to making your wedding a lasting memory for all. They frequently collaborate with local vendors and suppliers to ensure perfection.
NZ High Country
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NZ High Country is a fresh wedding venue on the scene, a short drive from Queenstown and the airport. Surrounded by picturesque views of nature and cradled by the mountain ranges, this space boasts the very best when it comes to flexible and stunning wedding venues in Queenstown. Tussock Point, Merino Rise and Country Courtyard are land-only options that serve as blank canvases for you to decorate with the colours of your wedding. Lake June offers a tad more structure, with a spacious and permanent marquee equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows alongside total privacy. NZ High Country is proudly family-owned and excited to help you celebrate your wedding day.
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Have your wedding at The Winehouse, a restored villa that's cosy but chic. Drink in the croquet lawns and gorgeous pavilion, soaking in the sun just a moment’s stroll away. This Queenstown wedding venue boasts splendid garden views and is situated within the heart of nature. It makes for a restorative wedding venue that prides itself on “off-site” functions full of spark. The Winehouse as a wedding space includes various activities, packages and services, with friendly staff and on-site catering options. They offer exclusive use of the venue for up to 260 of your guests, as well as in-house design and planning to make your wedding all the easier. If required, audiovisual equipment can be hired and set up for speeches, dancing and more on your big day.
Heritage Lake Resort
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Make your lakeside wedding dreams come true at Heritage Lake Resort. This Queenstown wedding venue is known for its sublime setting, superb facilities and stylish touches. Their goal is to bring you the height of luxury in getaway form, acting as the most incredible escape for your Queenstown wedding. Facilities include on-site accommodation, mouthwatering catering, event planning and management and more. You can choose between their purpose-built venue for up to 200 guests or the bar and restaurant for something smaller. Additionally, Heritage Lake Resort offers emerald lawns and the great outdoors for your ceremony, reception and more. This Queenstown wedding venue covers all the bases immaculately.
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Your special day can be as unique and wonderful as you are at Amisfield. Experience the true joys of Queenstown with its wholesome philosophy of drawing inspiration from the land. Their menus are dictated by the seasons. They even have a dedicated forager and an experienced charcutier to hunt, gather and curate produce to perfection. Amisfield is available for private dining events and exclusive hire. Private dining takes place in an intimate and decadent space. It offers views of Lake Hayes, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables, catering for up to 35 guests. Exclusive hire allows you to host anywhere from 60 to 110 guests, with the option of outdoor seating. Amisfield is a rich and unique space to host your wedding, with the very heart of Queenstown in its tenet.
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Peregrine has been a family-owned business and venue since 1998, found in Crowne Range. They have a holistic approach to farming and vineyard management. This effortlessly translates into creating an open and lovely space for a wedding event on their vineyard or at Pinnacle Club. This exclusive area offers the very best of Peregrine. Their architecturally acclaimed Wing acts as a beautiful and malleable space for a wedding. Alternately, their rustic Woolshed adds warm pops of colour to an already charming wedding venue option. Peregrine is a venue-only facility, meaning that all vendors and suppliers will be of your own choice. However, the team at this Queenstown wedding venue is always around to offer you a helping hand to make sure your day is exactly as you’d dreamed.
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Welcome to one of Queenstown’s most popular and longest-standing wedding venues with boutique accommodation. Trelawn Place is located a convenient 4 km from the centre of Queenstown. They boast a family cottage, honeymoon cottage and snug apartment, and bed and breakfast available in the main house. They’re surrounded by mountain ranges and boast a private beach a few minutes from the main property, with gorgeous views of Shotover River to boot. Trelawn Place can accommodate up to 80 guests at your wedding. They have a variety of wedding packages that cover all the essentials and leave you free to focus on enjoying the breathtaking views of Queenstown.
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Claiming the title of the highest altitude accommodation in Queenstown is Kamana Lakehouse. This is a boutique Queenstown wedding venue that sits, quite literally, above the rest. Host your wedding in luxury as you survey the splendour of picture-perfect surroundings. They’re a 20-minute drive from Queenstown Airport and aim for the heart of rest and relaxation. Their primary function space showcases clearcut views of the Remarkables and the bustling city centre. Their smaller venue, The Ledge, is perfect for more intimate gatherings or even as a breakaway room. They offer on-site catering courtesy of their kitchen and bar, Nest. It specialises in Mediterranean treats and alfresco dining to give your wedding an extra special touch.
Blanket Bay Lodge
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It comes as no surprise that Blanket Bay Lodge is celebrated worldwide as one of New Zealand’s finest alpine lodges. Tucked away amidst snow-capped peaks, Blanket Bay Lodge has consistently been voted one of the world’s best lodges and offers an elegant and lush space for your wedding. Take in refreshing views of the lake, with cosy rooms for conversations and an added touch of privacy. If required, the team is more than happy to assist you with the complimentary WiFi or audiovisual equipment setup. They specialise in intimate gatherings, which will make your wedding feel all the more special. Options include on-site catering and accommodation. Blanket Bay Lodge will give your wedding a contemporary, lush atmosphere. Thanks to their world-class amenities and service at your beck and call, your day will be effortless.
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It’s the stunning Queenstown wedding venue you’ve been after, Matakauri Lodge. Overlooking the Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peak, it is surrounded by fresh air and mountain ranges that extend for miles. Able to host up to 60 guests, Matakauri Lodge offers 4 different event rooms and various on-site catering options. They also have handcrafted programmes and a professional team on hand to help with all the organising and planning of your Queenstown wedding. Matakauri Lodge is a scenic space for your wedding. Gaze out at unmatched views and rest easy thanks to their years of experience in professional event management. Matakauri Lodge is a 25-minute drive from the airport, located a short drive from the city centre and at the edge of Lake Wakatipu.
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
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If you’ve wanted a wedding on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa is the answer. A short stroll from the centre of the city centre, this Queenstown wedding venue offers convenience and class in a sublime package. They’re a 5-minute drive from the airport. They offer extensive natural and organic treatments at their world-class spa (a perfect way to unwind for any couple). Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa can host anywhere up to 200 of your guests. They feature tailored wedding packages and a committed events team to help you with every wedding detail along the way. There are several luxurious rooms to pick between for easy accommodation. All of it is cushioned by 5-star amenities to make your Queenstown wedding day extra special.
Queenstown Country Lodge
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Minutes from the city centre, Queenstown Country Lodge is a lush and comfortable lodge that allows partial and exclusive hire. With rich, green surroundings and plenty of space both inside and outside, they provide a retreat away from the bustle of the city for you to host a dazzling wedding to your exact tastes. The lodge includes 6 bedrooms, from The Merino Room to The Remarkables Room, each with its own charm and a memorable slice of Queenstown. It’s set on 11 acres of private land, framed by mountains and mere minutes from award-winning vineyards. Queenstown Country Lodge is a quiet and flexible space that offers a beautiful escape into Queenstown - perfect for a relaxed wedding.
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Your go-to alpine wedding destination throughout the year must be Peppers Beacon. Lake Wakatipu is the backdrop to this resort, with the Remarkables framing the skyline and large balconies from which to drink it all in. Peppers Beacon caters to small and micro weddings, hosting up to 25 guests in their penthouse apartments with mountain views and expansive balconies. They have a professional events team to assist you with perfecting your wedding day, as well as a series of packages to make planning and organising all the simpler. Their in-house restaurant will take care of your wedding menu alongside accommodation and anything else you might need. Plan a Queenstown wedding you’ll treasure forever at Peppers Beacon.
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Bask in natural beauty and fascinating history at Kinloch Lodge. This Queenstown wedding venue is available for both partial and exclusive hire, with a total capacity of up to 75 seated guests. Kinloch Lodge is known worldwide for its hearty and flavourful meals, as well as its seasoned and helpful staff. Their catering includes anything from informal BBQs and à la carte delights to formal canapés and sit-down dinners. They emphasise the heart of adventure in Queenstown, alongside the uninhibited appeal of nature, making for a refreshing wedding venue option. With a host of accommodation choices and exciting activities to make your wedding stand out from the crowd, Kinloch Lodge believes they are made for marriages near heaven.
Lake Hayes Pavillion
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Your wedding will overlook the sparkling waters of Lake Hayes credit to Lake Hayes Pavillion. With an indoor capacity of 160 guests, a large, outdoor space for a marquee or further mingling, as well as a catering kitchen, Lake Hayes Pavilion has set itself up to be one of Queenstown’s finest and most convenient wedding venues. Located 10 minutes from both Queenstown and Arrowtown, it’s famed for hosting the Lake Hayes Agricultural and Pastoral Show. It has recently been refurbished and boasts hardwood floors and a more neutral, modern styling to blend in with all wedding events. Take in serene views of the lake, or gaze up at the world-famous Coronet Peak ski area as you recite your vows.
Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall
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Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is a historic part of Queenstown and a zippy 20-minute drive from the city centre and 15-minutes from the airport. The venue is a large, auditorium-style space, including a stage, dressing room and off-stage sections. The main hall can host up to 400 guests, whilst the smaller one, known as the supper room, manages nearly 120. It has a commercial kitchen attached, and its rooms can be arranged into banquet-, theatre- or cocktail-style settings for your wedding. A favourite with both tourists and locals, Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall is the cherished centrepiece of a small gold mining town that adds charm and character to any wedding.
Millbrook Golf Resort
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Breathtaking vistas await you at Millbrook Golf Resort. A 5-star resort, Millbrook Golf Resort spans 500 acres and has won a series of awards for its excellence. With multiple spaces to pick between, it can host up to 160 guests and offers sumptuous catering for your wedding, courtesy of an award-winning chef. They have a dedicated events team to help organise, plan and manage your wedding, as well as useful perks such as complimentary WiFi, transportation, parking, and so much more. Millbrook Golf Resort is known for their professionalism and polished service, along with their splendid gardens and greenery, and have the option of on-site accommodation in any one of their luxury villas, cottages or village inn.
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Cardrona Hotel is one of Central Otago’s most iconic wedding venues with a relaxed and charming atmosphere. Established in 1863, Cardrona Hotel is on the Crown Range road between Queenstown and Wanaka. They provide the chance for both garden and church ceremonies, with a host of reception packages to suit anyone and everyone. Cardrona Hotel can cater for up to 250 guests, with an experienced functions manager and a team of superb chefs to ensure that fine dining will take new meaning at your wedding. Whether you choose the sprawling, green gardens as your wedding space, the historic hotel or the lovingly restored church, Cardrona Hotel will make your day one for the ages.
Nugget Point Hotel
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Nugget Point Hotel is the epitome of old-world glamour, surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and fresh air. They specialise in hosting more intimate weddings of up to 50 guests. They offer on-site catering, with locally sourced produce, with bespoke menus made to suit your tastes. The best of Central Otago’s wines can be found at Nugget Point, with sommeliers on hand to help you pick the very best of the best to complement your wedding menu. Cosy and luxe accommodation is also available, with a spa and sauna for extra relaxation for you and your guests to enjoy.
Domaine Thomson Wines
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One of Queenstown's best-kept family secrets, now available for exclusive hire for your upcoming Queenstown wedding. Domaine Thomson Wines is a vineyard venue that combines class and convenience, adding elements of luxury, such as s exposed douglas fir, macrocarpa and sparkling chandeliers, to its variety of spaces. From its herringbone floor to its stunning natural views, this venue is quickly becoming a beloved option for weddings of all sizes in Queenstown. Completed in the summer of 2020, Domaine Thomson Wines comfortably accommodates anywhere from 50 to 100 guests, the ideal number for weddings both intimate and sizeable. Enjoy wine tasting, lawn games, tailored catering at more at this Queenstown wedding venue, perfectly poised to make your special day spectacular through and through.