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Posted 10/07/2021

Top Hawkes Bay Wedding Venues

Top Hawkes Bay Wedding Venues

Hawke's Bay Wedding Venues are surrounded by scenic rolling hills and ocean views. Hawke's Bay is a favourite destination for couples who prefer beautiful things in life. Hawke's Bay is an east coast region on the North Island and known as "New Zealand's fruit bowl."

Hawke's Bay has been subject to tectonic uplift, owing to the land being raised out of the sea. Henceforth, the coastal land has many interesting marine deposits.

You can find both marine and land dinosaur fossils just a little inland. On the 3rd February 1931 there was an earthquake that resulted in certain areas of the city of Napier being raised above sea level.

Wairoa is located at the north end of the bay, right at the mouth of the famous Wairoa River. Whereas the port city of Napier can be located right on the coast.

Finally, the city of Hastings can be found near the southern end of the bay. The Hawke's Bay Region, not to be confused with the bay itself, sweeps the coastal land around the bay. Additional it boasts the fertile land around the hinterland to the south. Fun Fact: The bay is actually named Hawke Bay, which quite often gets mistaken from the region that bears the bay's former name, Hawke's Bay.

Hawkes Bay Wedding Venues

Hawkes Bay, blessed with a hilly terrain that descends into vineyard-draped. And valleys that produce some of New Zealand's most famous wines. With many beautiful Hawkes Bay wedding venues. Where can I get married in Hawkes Bay? Here are some of the prettiest, top wedding venues in Hawkes Bay:

Napier Conferences & Events

Napier Conferences & Events presents Hawkes Bays premier wedding venue for you and your guests to create a lifetime of memories! Such an important day of your life our energetic team and gorgeous venue are ready to make your wedding an unforgettable celebration to remember forever.  

Napier Conferences & Events operates from the Napier War Memorial Centre, just a bouquet's throw away from the glorious sparkling beach. With manicured gardens and Napier's elegant waterfront viewing platform the perfect backdrop for wedding photography.

From the Mahia Peninsula down to Cape Kidnappers facilitates picturesque wedding backdrops. Napier Conferences & Events offers so much for brides-to-be. 

Its location is very central providing stylish and flexible facilities together with quality in-house caterers. Their experienced team ensures this as an ideal choice of wedding venue in Napier, Hawkes Bay to celebrate your big day.

Oruawharo Homestead

Hold your perfect wedding ceremony in the Oruawharo Homestead. With a dignified wood-panelled ballroom, stairway and gracious surrounds of the drawing room. During spring-time the daffodil lawn is sheltered beneath fine old trees. 

As such it offers a natural wedding setting and the perfect place to say "I Do", During the summer the wide veranda and lawn both provide the perfect atmosphere for an unforgettable garden wedding.

Their in-house registered marriage celebrant, Oruawharo Homestead owner Peter Harris can help you plan a personal ceremony. He offers a solemn and unforgettable sharing of vows event all under the necessary formal proceedings. Of course if you prefer to choose your own celebrant that is totally fine.

The wedding photographic opportunities at Oruawharo Homestead are breath taking. Wherever you turn some spectacular backdrop will create unique, lifelong memories on your special day. 

From the balustraded steps to the double front doors, a fine collection of art, antiques and furniture provide elegant settings for awesome wedding photographs. Or you can capture Oruawharo’s rural tradition and choose the beautifully restored 150-year-old coach house and stables. 

The bride and grooms wedding is among the most important occasions of their life. So Oruawharo Homestead welcomes you and your guests to celebrate it at Hawke's Bay’s finest old homesteads.

Gwavas Garden and Homestead 

Gwavas Garden as a fully licensed venue for your wedding. They would love to share their beautiful garden with you on your special day. If you are looking for an awesome mass of colour the garden is at its peak flowering from late September through to the end of November. 

The Gwavas garden continues to provide a fabulous wedding-ready setting right through to autumn. There is always something flowering with a waft of perfume in the air. Your wedding guests and family are free to wander throughout.
Locations for wedding photos are in abundance within the Gwavas garden to capture memories that will last a life time.

You can work together with the Gwavas Garden and Homestead team to ensure that your wedding arrangements and most importantly your wedding day run smoothly. They are very flexible in most areas and are more than happy to discuss all wedding options with you.

Cape Estate @ Te Awanga Downs

Cape Estate in Hawkes Bay offers unique opportunities to celebrate your wedding whilst overlooking sweeping vineyards and the glistening sea. Cape Estate at Te Awanga Downs is perched on a coastal hill with sweeping views across vineyards to the sea from Napier through to the stunning Cape Kidnappers. 

Your wedding guests are able to relax and enjoy the ambience whilst enjoying breath taking views, sumptuous cuisine and fine wines. Enjoy relaxed surroundings in an unbelievable location on their 1500 acre farm perfect for your wedding. 

Cape Estate at Te Awanga Downs Wedding Venue


Meadowood Hawkes Bay boasts the perfect wedding venue in their authentic Art Deco house. On three acres of garden with mature trees and six acres of young orchard. It is a beautiful serene wedding property. Meadowood is the only Hawke’s Bay venue that includes a tipi marquee included with the wedding package, and provides our brides and grooms to be with a stunning natural backdrop for their special wedding day.

They are currently making some improvements to their perfect wedding reception paddock.  This includes joining a third tipi to their wedding marquee, allowing for a stunning outdoor Hawke’s Bay wedding venue, which can be completely weather-proof if necessary.

Here are some of their happy customer testimonials;

“We are incredibly grateful to Emma & Colin for everything they did for us before and during our wedding at Meadowood.  They went above and beyond, and made everything so seamless for us which we really appreciated.  We loved our time at Meadowood and would come back in a heartbeat.” Alicia & Sam, Summer 2020 

“My husband and I recently got married at Meadowood, I cannot recommend it enough! Not only is the venue incredible - but the hosts were absolutely amazing. They showed attention to detail, they were helpful and most of all, they kept it fun - which planning a wedding should be. I cannot thank Emma and Colin enough, we really feel like the luckiest people to have had our wedding here. We will be coming back for years to come. Once again, thank you - the wedding would never have been as relaxed if it weren’t for the incredible, above & beyond service. ” — Peyton & Sam Day, February 2020

Clearview Estate

Purchased in 1986, the neglected but historic Vidal's No.2 Vineyard at Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay was set to become Clearview Estate. Today it is the perfect choice for your wedding venue. 

Set amongst thousands of trees including avocado, olive, bay, citrus, gums, and melia. All making the perfect backdrop to capture all the perfect moments on your special day. Undoubtedly the most memorable day in your life.

Steeped in history, Clearview Estate Winery Cellar Door and Clearview Estate Restaurant have become an iconic and awarded destination and are available for reservations to assist you in your perfect wedding day.
Clearview Estate Winery Wedding Venue

Elephant Hill

Elephant Hill in Hawke's Bay which is one of New Zealand's warmest regions. With high sunshine hours and low rain fall this wedding venue is perfectly suited to your special day. Overlooking the growing wine grapes and crafting premium wine vineyard.

Their great wines are hand-made wines with meticulous attention makes this the perfect vineyard for your wedding. Once you and your loved ones arrive, it will be perfectly obvious why this venue was chosen to provide your lifetime wedding memories.

Elephant Hill has three vineyards;

  • The coastal Te Awanga Vineyard
  • The inland Gimblett Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers District 
  • The Triangle Vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle region.

Cape South

Cape South is only a brief drive from Havelock North. Stowed away in the slopes with staggering waterfront sees, it is a tranquil and detached scene. Weddings at Cape South gives various alternatives to little wedding receptions and your special day. 

The Cape South Homestead or Cottage can be reserved for a memorable wedding. We can suggest expert caterers for your special day. We support weddings for up to 30-visitors altogether (if the Homestead and Cottage are leased together) or 20 attendees (if the residence just is leased). A charge of $100 applies for every day visitor to the property. 

The wedding spaces are accessible for a solitary daytime meeting or can consolidate with the Cape South convenience. The consolidated limit of the three on location properties provides food for up to 16 visitors on a twin offer premise (or 8 singles), so it is the ideal scene for a completely private wedding or elopement. 

The Studio is jazzy and flexible – a really versatile space. It functions admirably for a little wedding with adaptable meeting furniture. The open deck watches out to shocking waterfront sees and is an incredible spot for an espresso or quiet wine.

The Homestead lounge area makes a rich and tranquil scene for your wedding reception. There are numerous extra spaces for wedding photography, like the relaxed kitchen/family region and charitable parlour, also the obscure verandah, clearing nurseries and pool patio. 

Hawkes Bay Wedding Venues

East Pier Hotel

East Pier Hotel is Hawke's Bay's most popular wedding setting, without exception. Spic and span, extravagantly improved, double enormous sea front decks expose the finest back drop for your perfect wedding memories.

Share your special same-day wedding photos and movies on their double HD projectors, completely incorporated sound framework and stage, The Ocean Suite likewise has a sound verification retractable divider that can either part the setting into two or stack perfectly away, the alternatives are interminable. 

Ideal for weddings you have the alternative of using The Port Room or potentially Breakwater Room for extra space whenever required. The Breakwater Room has been made to provide food and the scene offers extraordinary ocean views with direct access onto their sea shore front decks. 

The Port Room is the inn's longest serving and most well known scene for more modest wedding receptions. Also offering great ocean views down the sea shore to the port and furthermore straight out to the ocean, this setting is outfitted with your own private sea confronting deck. 

Savana Estate

Savana Estate is set among moving slopes. As a wedding venue it gives proper respect to its regular scene and encompasses. For the quintessential provincial New Zealand wedding reception setting then you have gone to the correct spot. 

If you're arranging your fantasy wedding Savana Estate is here to help. Your hosts are Pip and Sarge are a Kiwi couple from the district, and you can expect nothing not exactly exemplary New Zealand wedding host friendliness from them. They have facilitating going through our veins and a mantra that "the sky is the limit for your special day".

Savana Estate Wedding Venue

The Old Church

For those who live in or visit the Hawkes Bay each and every one of them state that there is something very special about The Old Church. There is something that makes it very hard not to fall in love with in your wedding plans.

The Orton’s have been assisting couples to say I do for over 35 years’ and they are truly proud to call The Old Church home. From the first point of discussion regarding your special day, build up and of course the wedding day itself, they are renowned for their calm and professional manner.

The choice is yours when selecting the perfect wedding ceremony, mingling and dining locations. There is endless scope to make a wedding at The Old Church your own. 

Perhaps a late afternoon wedding ceremony in the courtyard followed by drinks and canapés over sunset… then usher your family and friends inside to witness and break bread under the grand chandelier in the main hall before dancing the night away in the conservatory. 

Cuisine is often what makes a wedding unforgettable for years to come, from their incredible lamb dish. To the perfectly cooked fillet or that best ever crisp crackle on the pork! Their in-house caterers have the perfect reputation for dining in the Hawkes Bay region.

Napier Function Centre

Also known as the "Round House." The well-established Napier Function Centre sits on the edge of the Ahuriri Marina. With large wedding rooms and stunning waterfront views. You can bet that your wedding celebration will be unforgettable.

The Napier Function Centre has had many years of event planning experience. Compete with excellent on-site facilities, an attentive staff, buffet options. Pre-dinner canapes, a full bar, and overnight accommodations nearby. Weddings in The Napier Function Centre are grand and convenient!

Napier Function Centre Hawkes Bay Wedding Venue


Chapelwick can host your perfect wedding in part of New Zealand history a true colonial classic homestead of New Zealand. With your own wedding story in a venue that was originally built in 1854 and located near the vast and beautiful beaches of Porangahau, this is truly the wedding venue of a generation. 

With sweeping vistas of the ocean, situated less than a kilometre away, fishing and adventure at the doorstep of your wedding venue. You can easily forget the rest of the world at this remarkable coastal retreat. The whole world would be focused on your wedding.

With immaculately groomed six acres of garden spaces and orchards, a "Garden of Eden" with over 20 different varieties of fruits and vegetables. Adding in an additional 12 acres of fenced paddocks to compliment this perfect wedding venues.

Famous for its name sake The Chapelwick private Chapel, built in 1870 compliments this incredible venue.

An Architectural monolith of all New Zealand Homesteads, perfect for your special day. 

The Dome Napier

The Dome is a prominent landmark in the centre of Napier. In The Dome, there are many indoor functions available. But, many couples opt for the waterfront Hawke's Bay wedding venue. Suppose you prefer to have an outdoor ceremony.

In that case, there are many well-maintained parks nearby. To give you a stress-free opportunity to exchange vows. The Dome offers delicious meals and an incredible view of the Hawks Bay. The options at the Dome are limitless when it comes to having the best wedding!

The Dome Napier Wedding Venue

Porters Boutique Hotel

Porters Boutique Hotel is one of our four finalists for this year's Customer Experience Award of Excellence for the 2021 Havelock North Celebration of Business Awards! Porters Boutique Hotel will afford your wedding a world of luxury, comfort and relaxation. 

Porters Boutique Hotel offers unique boutique wedding experience right in the heart of Havelock North Village. Your wedding will be complete with plush, classic furnishings and adorned with original local artwork. Enjoy attentive service within a stylish, intimate space that reflects the beauty and grandeur of the breathtaking Hawke’s Bay region. 

Porters Boutique Hotel is also the perfect venue for your wedding together with friends and family. With the latest facilities in modern surroundings, their team will ensure your wedding is a success.

The River House

The River House is an awesome Hawkes Bay wedding venue set amongst a stunning vineyard on the Tuki Tuki River. With marquee lawns offering great views over the vines up to Te Mata Peak and down the river. 

The River House is an excellent choice for anything from small intimate to large marquee wedding receptions. They don't have any minimum or maximum numbers. Be sure to share with them your plans and they will try their best to accommodate them.

Their fantastic garden bakes in all day sunshine and with awesome views over the vines to the river and hills beyond with countless wedding photography opportunities it is no surprise that weddings are their most popular bookings. You won't regret choosing The River House for your wedding.

River House Wedding & Event Venue, Hawkes Bay

National Aquarium of NZ

Any Brides and Grooms that are searching for a wedding venue with class with a unique touch that surely will amaze your family and guests for your wedding reception? Then this is it! A totally unique Venue.

National Aquarium have two awesome wedding venue options for your special day. With added features of the National Aquarium of New Zealand your wedding photographer will be like a kid in a candy box.

Invite your wedding guests to arrive early and discover the "Little Penguin Close Encounter!" They have a delicious wedding menu and beverage options. The National Aquarium of NZ have two wedding reception options for you to hire: the Exhibition Hall and the Function Room.

Moana Park Winery

A prominent winery, located in the countryside of Hawke's Bay, called Moana Park. With breathtaking views of the Tutaekuri River and the vast vineyard.

Moana Park has a big grassy area and is perfect for outdoor weddings. With top-notch event planners and 100% full service, your special day is in great hands. In Moana Park, your wedding is bound to be magical and unparalleled like no other.

Fun Fact: They only allowed for five weddings a year. The reasoning behind this is to maintain their distinctiveness. So, best to book in advance!

Wedding Venues near Hawkes Bay

Mt Vernon Villa

Mt Vernon Villa affords your family and wedding guests a luxurious and tranquil retreat.  Mt Vernon Villa is the perfect option for your perfect wedding day. Your wedding photographer will capture all your precious moments working with their 35 acres of parklike grounds. 

Everywhere you look you will find immaculate lawns and gardens. Not to mention the orchard and lush surroundings perfect for your wedding guests to admire. The exclusive property also has a private helipad for the discerned bride and groom that may require a discreet arrival and departure. 

Located within the heart of Central Hawke’s Bay, this heritage building (since 1882) has been renovated and is available for your wedding day.

Mt Vernon Villa Wedding Venue

Ormlie Lodge

Ormlie Lodge is a historic boutique lodge and has been around since 1899. This lodge is in the heart of Hawke's Bay and is full of exciting history, preserved with old-world charm. 

There are many locations where you can say "I do." You can choose between a relaxing garden space or a stylish ballroom. At the wedding reception, you can gather up to 150 guests.

Greenhill Lodge

Greenhill Lodge is a beautiful venue if you value serenity, intimacy. And stunning surroundings in the name of love and marriage. Situated on a top in the heart of New Zealand's food and wine country, it looks over vineyards and orchards. But, if you prefer an intimate wedding, you can opt for the homestead for a romantic ceremony.

Black Barn Vineyard

When planning your perfect country wedding, Black Barn Vineyard is idyllic! Black Barn Vineyard is an expansive site located in the agricultural area of Hawke's Bay. Wedding Venues can accommodate six different themes and styles. 

For example: 

  • The Olive Shed is a beautiful and well-maintained outdoor space. You can accommodate up to 100 guests in the Olive Shed.
  • The Black Barn Bistro is a contemporary restaurant that can seat 150 guests in and 150 outside.
  • The Marketplace is a tipi-shaped tent and can accommodate up to 120 guests.

These wedding venue options are endless! Your Hawkes Bay wedding is bound to be beautiful among picture-perfect New Zealand wedding venue. Get ready to soak up the stunning venue while reciting your vows!

Award winning small intimate wedding venues such as Te Mata Peak, Te Awa Winery Wedding and Tuki Tuki are all perfect destination wedding venues. Havelock North restaurant weddings are the perfect place to have a ceremony and reception on your wedding day. Art Deco and Winery wedding venue are also unforgettable decisions on your perfect day.

Waimarama Wedding Venues can be expertly photographed by Eva Bradley. They cover BYO Wedding Venues Hawkes Bay, Havelock North Wedding Venues, Wedding Venues Napier, Vineyard Wedding Venues Hawkes Bay and Wedding Venues Hastings.

If Hawkes Bay wedding venues are not for you or it's your dream to get married in another region in New Zealand you may want to check out our other venue pages on the north island at Auckland, Whangarei, Waiheke, Kapiti, Hamilton, Gisborne, Wellington, Northland, Taranaki, Manuwatu, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

Those looking to New Zealand's south island may check out our wedding venue listings at Wanaka, Queenstown, Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough, Canterbury, Otago, Dunedin and Southland.

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