New Zealand’s Best Open Air Wedding Spots

Words by Tom
April 20, 2016

Small though it may be, New Zealand packs a mighty punch when it comes to jaw-dropping landscapes – the sheer variety of views is enough to make your head spin! Epic mountains, pristine lakes, flawless beaches, old growth forests, active volcanoes, the list goes on. It’s no wonder couples come from all over to tie the knot in this incredible country.

We asked our friends at Two Foxes Styling to share their top picks for knot-tying spots with a view. The NZ natives have seen their fair share of spectacular ceremony spaces and have compiled a pretty sweet lineup…

Jack’s Point Restaurant / Queenstown

Jack’s Point is definitely a site that makes you stop in your tracks. Honestly, where else can you find such an epic shot of all that Mother Nature has to offer? If you’re venturing south for your wedding, this is one spot you’ll find hard to pass up.

Ataahua Garden Venue / Tauranga

10 Minutes from Tauranga city centre, Ataahua Garden Venue offers a wealth of stunning open air locations. And with sheltered options every bit as gorgeous outdoor counterparts, it’s the perfect setting for couples wanting a magic outdoor space without having to run for the ponchos in case of rain.

Ataahua Garden wedding - Tauranga NZ

Image by Coralee Stone

Jonkers Farm / Auckland

Set on over 540 acres of beautiful rolling hills, Jonkers Farm is an idyllic rural setting with a plethora of natural backdrops available. Mother Nature at its best!

Jonkers Farm wedding - Auckland

Image by Bayly & Moore

Moke Lake / Queenstown

Queenstown once again shows us how it’s done, with the incredible backdrop that sets the scene at Moke Lake. Pitch your tents at the onsite campground and say your vows by the water with that jaw-dropping view.

Solscape / Raglan

Located between the famous Manu Bay and Ngarunui Beach you’ll find Solscape tucked away in stunning Raglan, New Zealand. With a choice of Ceremony spaces such as the epic Tipi Village deep in the forest or over looking the Tasman Sea, you don’t have to look far for a memorable ceremony space.

Soulscape wedding - Raglan NZ

Image by Wildwood

Hedges Estate / Waiuku, Auckland

Just a 40 minute drive from Auckland CBD, Hedges Estate is a hidden gem not to be missed. Rural wilderness and country cottage charm, this venue is the perfect mix for those couples looking for something off the beaten track.

Hedges Estate wedding - Waiuku

Image by Nisha Ravji

Mudbrick Winery / Waiheke Island

With a custom elevated ceremony space overlooking the hills of Waiheke Island, Mudbrick is certainly a hot spot during the summer months. Sweeping back to a Tuscan feel surrounded by olive trees and lavender, it sets the scene for a dreamy space to start your new beginning.

Matarangi Bay / Matarangi, Coromandel

Of course a beach wedding had to sneak in here somewhere! It is New Zealand, and what would we be without a bucket load of incredible beaches to choose from? Matarangi Bay is just one of these magnificent spots, and clearly highlights the laid back Kiwi way – bare foot on the beach and alfresco dining, yes please!

Matarangi Beach wedding New Zealand

Image by Bubble Rock

Paripuma / Blenheim

Coastal views don’t get much better than Paripuma, situated just outside of Blenheim in the South Island. This incredible garden boasts a native wonderland complete with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Vernon Bluffs.

Paripuma wedding - NZ South Island

Image credit: Paripuma

Poronui Lodge / Taupo, NZ

Nestled in a secluded valley just out side of Taupo, Poronui offers some top-notch scenery to bask in on your wedding day. Surrounded by mountain wilderness, this is a stunning spot all year round (just don’t forget those umbrellas!)


Based in Auckland, Two Foxes is a husband and wife styling duo. Covering all elements of event design, floral styling, planning and management, the pair specialise in creating uniquely epic events. Find out more on the Directory.


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Bev Garside 2 years ago

What about Rippon Hall at Rippon Winery, Wanaka NZ? Best outdoor or indoor venue ever. It should be included.
My daughter’s wedding was absolutely beautiful at Rippon. Her wedding was outside on a beautiful February day 2020. The service outstanding. Highly recommend Rippon.

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