Queenstown Wedding Venues That Allow External Catering
By Anna Mason

11 September 2020

The reception food is one of the most exciting parts of planning and attending a wedding - yet the perfect menu can be hard to come by, especially when your venue comes with a fixed catering option in place.

Queenstown is a township of New Zealand's South Island that borders the unforgettable Lake Wakatipu, surrounded by the dramatic Southern Alps. As the adventure capital of the world, people of all ages can enjoy this scenic wonderland all year round enthralled by many outdoor sporting activities, such as snow sports, bungee jumping, and jet boating, as well as vineyard tours, and fine dining for a relaxing retreat. To have a wedding in this sublime location is a dream come true, so why not top it off by using a vendor that will supply your ideal menu?


Arrowtown Athenaeum Hall

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Located in the charming old gold miner's village of Arrowtown, the Athenaeum Hall is a lovely intimate indoor venue. Frequently used to host musical and theatrical events as well as local activities, this venue is adored by many. This Queenstown wedding venue has multiple rooms as well as bar and kitchen facilities so that your vendor will be able to prepare everything on site. Just a 20-minute drive down the road from Queenstown's central business district, it is very easy for you and your guests to access. 


Oasis Yurt Lodge

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This idyllic location will make your wedding feel like a romantic garden getaway. The Oasis yurt lodge is found in Wanaka, one of the most scenic resort towns that New Zealand has to offer. Here you will find multiple rooms so that you can style your wedding exactly the way you like. Here, you will find expansive lawns and overnight luxury accommodation for you to enjoy the beauty of nature that Oasis provides for a little while longer. What's more, at Oasis you can dine with the dream vendor of your choice using their immaculate kitchen facilities.


Lake Hayes Pavilion

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Queenstown is brimming with beauty but nothing quite like that of Lake Hayes Pavilion. This recently refurbished venue is crafted with neutral tones and gleaming hardwood flooring. The Pavillion looks out over the tranquil Lake Hayes, with indoor and outdoor options so that you can capture the surrounding scenery. Found close to the lovely Arrowtown and a mere 10 minutes from the airport, the Lake Hayes Pavillion could not provide a more accessible way of achieving a stunning Queenstown wedding. 



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Escape the hustle and bustle with a scenic 27-minute drive from Queenstown - celebrate with wine, vines, and rolling hills at Kinross. Stay here overnight in a studio cottage room (available for 28 guests at one time) and relax in this peaceful location. With natural wooden interiors and external catering options, you can arrange this flexible venue however you like to create the wedding you have always envisioned. Kinross does have available catering options should you wish; however, they also allow external vendors. This Queenstown wedding venue also comes with overnight accommodation so that you or your vendor can stay over to prepare everything for the big day.


Skyline Queenstown

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As suggested by the title, Skyline has one of the most expansive views a Queenstown venue can offer. Start your special day with a picturesque gondola ride up above Lake Wakatipu not far from central Queenstown. At Skyline, feel free to dine with all of your guests through their cocktail, buffet, and banquet catering, or bring along your external caterer. Take in the landscape below through floor to ceiling windows that complement Skyline's fresh modernised interior; you can experience the feeling of an outdoor wedding no matter the season. With the Queenstown Luge close by should you and your guests wish to take an unforgettable ride through the Ben Lomond Scenic Reserve.


The Olive Grove

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This venue is a sight of elegance and natural beauty combined, just waiting to take your breath away. Spend your wedding taking in the spectacular surroundings of the outdoors at Olive Grove. Stylish marquees are available at this Queenstown wedding venue, along with bus rides and helicopter access for a grand entrance. This venue comes along with Billie's cottage, a place for preparations before the most important moments. The level grass platform with stylish stone detailing looks out over Lake Wanaka. Make your vows to the one you love in Wanaka's open-air and indulge in the external catering of your choice.


Camp Glenorchy

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Celebrate in nature and look after it too at the gorgeous Glenorchy eco-retreat. This relaxed venue is not only helping out the environment, but your stay here will also contribute to the local Glenorchy community. After winning awards for its high sustainable standards yet stunning results, with the largest solar garden in the South Island - it is the ideal setup for all of you environmentally conscious Queenstown wedding goers! Adorned by beautiful artworks and rustic wooden architecture, this is a unique retreat. External catering is accepted at this venue, though they can supply in-house chefs for your wedding through Mrs Woolly's Pantry service with a buffet or at-table service. Located a stone's throw away from the sweet settlement's centre, you can take a stroll along the lagoon boardwalk and explore everything that Glenorchy has to offer.


Queenstown Memorial Centre

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This spacious modern memorial centre is the ideal venue for your special day. It is known for its flexibility - with an outdoor patio deck and indoor spaces available, you can enjoy this venue at any time of year. This Queenstown venue comes with a commercial kitchen for the external catering of your choice. This venue is found in the heart of central Queenstown with plenty of parking for you and your guests. As one of the larger venues found in the centre of this stunning town, here you can celebrate a wedding of up to 500 guests!