Queenstown Wedding Venues that Provide Accommodation
— By Emily Ray
11 September 2020
It's the big-little village known for its adrenaline sports, alpine setting, and cosmopolitan culture.
For many couples, Queenstown is also the perfect place to take the biggest plunge of all – saying ‘I do.’ Do you want to maximise the time you and your guests spend in Queenstown by building accommodation into your wedding plan? Check out the following accommodation-inclusive Queenstown wedding venues to see what this stunning region has to offer.
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Located at the Northern end of Lake Wakatipu, Camp Glenorchy offers a glamping experience par excellence. For the affianced, this award-winning lodge has all the ingredients for an unforgettable wedding day and stay.
With seven cabins and a total of 24 guest rooms, Camp Glenorchy can comfortably accommodate a small wedding party. Larger ceremonies and receptions can also be catered to with marquee spaces and increased food service.
Eco-conscious couples will find the Camp's green ethos an especial drawcard. Even if you're not into the outdoors, the top-rate facilities found at this wedding venue are sure to get you on the glamping bandwagon. The icing on the cake? Every cent of the profits made from your wedding event will go towards local community arts and education initiatives.
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If there's one state of being that Arrowtown's Millbrook resort evokes, it's tranquillity. Once you step foot onto the rolling grounds, you'll see why. With a view straight out to Queenstown's snow-capped ranges, this wedding venue is a South-Island paradise.
Millbrook's expansive resort venue is perfect for medium-to-large-sized wedding parties. 160 stylish guest rooms are available for wedding accommodation. For the ceremony and reception, there are several venue options to choose from. Opt for the Petanque Court for a picturesque outdoor ceremony in the warmer months, canopied by trees. The Secret Garden is another option for summer Queenstown weddings, beautiful and private. Indoor weddings take place in The Pavilion, the rustic Clubhouse, or the iconic Millhouse Conference Centre.
Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa
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Gibbston Valley Lodge and Spa is Central Otago wine country at its most sumptuous. Situated just twenty minutes outside of Queenstown, this wedding venue is all about wine, good food, and relaxation.
With 24 guest rooms available to book, Gibbston Valley makes a fantastic choice for couples wanting wedding accommodation. For all your honeymoon relaxation needs, there's the day spa. Complete with treatment rooms, outdoor hot pools, and sauna, Gibbston Valley offers newlyweds bliss on tap.
A tranche of venue options dots the grounds of Gibbston Valley. The most popular for weddings are the Wine Cave (for ceremonies) and the Wine Vault (for receptions). For receptions, you'll be able to take advantage of Gibbston Valley's very well-stocked Wine Bar and Lodge Restaurant. Or, you might want to hop over to the adjoining Gibbston Valley Winery to dine in the Winery Restaurant.
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One of Queenstown's ultimate luxury wedding venues, Stoneridge Estate is found on the shores of Lake Hayes. A short fifteen-minute drive from Queenstown will take you to this ruggedly romantic estate.
Described as "magic" in reviews, Stoneridge Estate has a heady ambience generated by its historic charm. The venue itself overlooks a boutique vineyard, out to the Central Otago plains. The commitment to stonework architecture that runs through the estate is something to behold. Stoneridge Estate's Chapel by the Lake – a favourite setting for ceremonies – embodies the organic allure of these crude materials.
Stoneridge Estate boasts generously-sized rooms and suites for all your wedding accommodation needs. There are comfortable Lodge suites for guests, with the romantic Cottage or the luxury Retreat available for the just-married couple.
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Venture out to Lake Wanaka to say your vows at the Edgewater Hotel. Located at the shores of Central Otago's fourth-biggest lake, the Edgewater will be a favourite with water enthusiasts. After your ceremony, step out onto the lake foreshore to take in the pristine waters and sublimity of the location with your new spouse.
Large groups will find themselves well-accommodated by this wedding venue. 102 rooms are available for the booking, so there's no need to trim that all-important guest list. From studio rooms to one or two-bedroom suites with stellar views, your guests will be spoilt for choice.
The Edgewater makes for a beautiful wedding venue at any time of year. That said, there's just something about the Central Otago autumn which sets the lakeside setting on fire.
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Kinross is an easy 25 kilometres from Queenstown Airport, nestled in the heart of the Gibbston Valley. Thanks to its location, Kinross provides an escape from the hustle-and-bustle of Queenstown proper.
Located on the historic Kinross Station, this Queenstown wedding venue has a real pioneering charm. The property itself is dotted with willows, vines, and orchards (did someone say romantic?). Have your ceremony outdoors or in the stylish marquee, before proceeding to The Willow Room for a refined reception banquet.
With 14 guest rooms available, Kinross is the ideal setting for an intimate stayover wedding. In the down-time, your party will be able to make the most of Kinross's idyllic 40-acre estate – which is equally gorgeous in rain or shine, summer or winter.
Oasis Yurt Lodge
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If you're after a wedding venue which honours simplicity and minimalism as much as you do, then Oasis Yurt Lodge will make your heart sing. The Lodge is located at the edge of Wanaka's sparkling Cardrona River. Distinguishing it from many venues, Oasis Yurt Lodge truly invites mother nature to the wedding party.
The six Yurts and one Tipi tent can house around 24 guests – the perfect wedding accommodation for more intimate weddings. After the day's events, there'll be ample opportunity to come together with your wedding party on Oasis' open lawns, talking and marvelling at the incredible Central Otago night sky.
If you and your partner are all about getting closer to nature with a close circle of loved ones, Oasis Yurt Lodge is the wedding venue for you.
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Nugget Point is perched directly above the Shotover River, in a gloriously exclusive mountain location. This venue screams retreat wedding – and at just a seven-minute drive from Queenstown itself, the venue's coordinates tick the box too.
The 39 high-set guests rooms provide a relaxing accommodation experience before or after the big day. Classically elegant in decor, many rooms feature a patio spa-bath overlooking the Shotover. And don't forget the Roman-style spa: if you or your guests feel like a little pampering at any point, simply book in with the hotel's beauty and massage team.
Nugget Point can cater for small-to-medium Queenstown weddings of up to 50 guests. Wedding parties can choose between the Nugget Point Hotel or at the Park Residence adjacent for accommodation.
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If you want to leave your guests in no doubt of New Zealand's scenic beauty, then book in at Kamana Lakehouse for your big day. Just a peek at this Queenstown wedding venue will make you dizzy – and not only because of the high-altitude setting.
With 73 total guest rooms and a diverse range of wedding accommodation available, there's a room fit for every price-point. Rooms with views of the Remarkables? Check. Lakeview Luxe suite, complete with soaking tub overlooking the water? Book it in. Plus, there'll be photo opportunities galore for the whole wedding party at the Kamana Lakehouse.
In fact, the Kamana Lakehouse offers the highest alfresco dining in Queenstown and boasts a world-class restaurant and bar. The never-ending list of local Gin & Tonics is particularly noteworthy!
Heritage Collection Lake Resort
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You couldn't get much closer to the water than the Heritage Collection Lake Resort. This wedding venue is located on top of the shimmering blue waters of Cromwell's Lake Dunstan, under an hour's drive from Queenstown.
Heritage Collection's modern, boatshed-themed villas mark it out as a competitive wedding-and-accommodation venue. These Qualmark 5-star-rated villas showcase the best of Central Otago architecture – and are a tried-and-true hit with wedding parties.
Along with its top-rate wedding accommodation, Heritage Collection also offers high-quality dining and a spacious lawn for outdoor ceremonies. Perhaps you want to go off the beaten track for your wedding ceremony? No problem: at Heritage Collection, you can choose any lakeside spot to have your service. When you're done saying "I do" amongst the willows and the water, head to the Moorings Reception Venue for a banquet-style reception on the waterfront.
Rydges Lakeland Resort
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Calling all couples with huge family and friend groups! Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown can comfortably accommodate several hundred wedding guests. Rydges Lakeland boasts a highly dynamic space, as well as a fantastic events team dedicated to making your wedding vision into a reality.
Host your reception in the palatial Queenstown Room, a natural-light treasure with 360-degree views over the water. When you're all partied out, retire to one of the 72 recently-refurbished guest rooms. Rydges' high-class wedding accommodation features standout views of Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables.
For wedding parties with lots of small children or international guests to entertain, this venue's location will give it the edge over other Queenstown wedding venues. Rydges Lakeland is just a five-minute walk from the Queenstown CBD, and all the charming township has to offer.