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Posted 24/03/2021 in Category 1

Top Waikato Wedding Venues

Top Waikato Wedding Venues

Waikato Wedding Venues serve almost 500,000 residents according to the 2018 NZ Census Statistics. With the total population of New Zealand a year later reaching Five Million. That allows for the Waikato to account for ten percent of the nations population.

Hamilton is the largest city in the Waikato Region , 176,500 living within urban areas. Students also call Hamilton home at the University of Waikato and the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).

Other major towns in the Waikato are Tokoroa, Te Awamutu, Cambridge and Taupō with respective populations of 14,300, 13,100, 20,500 and 25,400. (These populations include the urban and peri-urban areas). The region also includes the smaller towns of Huntly, Matamata, Morrinsville, Ngāruawāhia, Otorohanga, Paeroa, Putaruru, Raglan, Te Aroha, Te Kauwhata, Te Kuiti, Thames, Tīrau, Tuakau, Turangi, Whangamatā and Whitianga.

If Wedding Venues Waikato is not what you are here for, you may want to check out our other venue pages on the north island at Hawkes Bay, Whangarei, Waiheke, Kapiti, Hamilton, Gisborne, Wellington, Northland, Auckland, Manuwatu, Bay of Plenty and Taranaki.

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

If you're searching for a Waikato wedding venue near Hamilton, then we are here to help you.

Many people choose to have their wedding venue in the Waikato for several reasons such as;

  • They don't want to have their wedding venue in a city location like Auckland
  • The bulk of their family live in cities in the Waikato such as Hamilton, Matamata or Morrinsville
  • When compared to Auckland, on average the cost of the wedding ceremony is going to be lower.

Waikato is such a wide region and there are many wedding venues to choose from, so don't worry. We have selected all the top Waikato wedding venues for you.

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Top Wedding Venues near Hamilton

Waterlily Gardens

Waterlily Gardens offer an unforgettable honeymoon that will follow your inner-most wedding ideas. From your first visit, they strive to offer you an experience like no other from the moment the table is set.

Situated in an enchanting 15 hectares of gardens. This private sanctuary has stunning grounds. It also has serene lakes and lush native forest for a perfect outdoor wedding. You can find perfect landscaped gardens at the lotus garden. This will inspire you and stimulate your imagination on your wedding day. 

The perfect place to create amazing memories. Their garden has many dedicated areas for a beautiful wedding reception. Beautiful photo backdrops on your big day for your wedding photographer. Take a walk in the field, relax and rest and get inspired. Celebrate in style in a garden pavilion, in a tent on the lawn or outdoors. 

Experience your special day by dancing on the dance floor amongst the fairy lights. Spend it with loved ones all night and make it an unforgettable day and have you set for your perfect honeymoon. Some honeymoon destinations you may choose from are;

Waterlily Garden might be your favourite Wedding Venue in Waikato.

Photo by the Waterlily Gardens

The Red Barn

For a perfect wedding venue The Red Barn will not disappoint.. Their unique Waikato wedding venue boasts a spectacular setting with stunning panoramic views. Every single detail is carefully planned with your special day in mind. Starting with the wedding ceremony all the way through to the reception where you will dance your new grooms feet off.

The Red Barn can hold up to 140 wedding guests on the basis that they require a sit down buffet or plated dinner. Their dining room is quite spacious and provides a certain ambience. The awesome view from the red barn encompasses the entirety of the Hinuera Valley.

As you take a look down onto Lake Karapiro you will be astonished at your wedding view. The surrounding Waikato farmland will provide you with a feeling of both privacy and seclusion. With well manicured lawns, a massive outdoor fireplace constructed from Hinuera Stone. The landscaped gardens are some of the best across the Waikato.

This provides for the perfect backdrop for you wedding photographs that provides for memories of your special day that you will cherish for a lifetime.

You wedding day will be extra special when it is arranged for you. Our arrangement include fabulous flowers, attention to detail photographers, wedding catering from happy staff, the delicious cake, table arrangements to die for, suitable wedding DJ or live band and much much more.

The Henley Hotel

The Henley Hotel is the perfect wedding venue for a bride and groom. Perfectly located in the pristine state of Waikato. With a huge total 29 hectares of luscious gardens and a variety of event spaces, they can cater for smaller intimate weddings and up to 200 for larger weddings. 

Providing your family and wedding entourage with delicious food, modern facilities and professional staff make the Henley Hotel a fantastic venue for all season weddings. This is the perfect place to set the stage for this year's wedding! There's nothing that you will love more at Henley than a romantic wedding - local flowers, amazing dresses, champagne popping, cake to die for and everything in between!

Start the special day with their magnificent yet conservative wedding chapel. The perfect place to trade vows on this site nestled in their manicured gardens, The Henley makes for a stunning backdrop for wedding photography. The bright and bold modern interior of the hotel is absolutely amazing and your family and friends will be delighted at the newlywed and bridal designers.

The Narrows Landing

Across the Waikato River is a perfect Wedding Venue for your special day at The Narrows Landing. The Narrows Landing hosts one of Hamilton East's famous Two Birds Eatery Restaurant. This is right in the heart of the Waikato which is now known as Two Birds Cafe. 

The Narrows Landing began in 1996, with the frame built from recycled power poles. Only the least amount of vegetation on site removed to allow development. Untreated local wood is in the area and many of the windows are being made by Totara, which is over 100 years old. This makes for a fantastic Wedding Photo Shoot.

The Narrows Landing is among lush trees, lawns and gardens is perfect for a Waikato wedding venue. In the 1800s, Landing was a place to rest at night while sailing on a river boat sailing on the Waikato River. They are a boutique bed and breakfast for the wedding reception and honeymooners.

The Narrows Landing Waikato Wedding Venues


Gothernberg will provide your wedding reception with high ceilings, huge windows and amazing views. Gothenburg is a fantastic wedding venue, which is conveniently located in the central of Hamilton city but tucked away in a stunningly quiet spot. Absolutely nestled along the banks of the world famous Waikato River.

Their modern yet spacious terrace and dining room may be reserved for your special day, an unforgettable location to invite your family and wedding guests. A perfect space for your special occasion.

Their exclusive private dining room is situated on the level directly above the restaurant. It features wall to wall glass windows. These windows overlook the stunning restaurant dining room not to mention the best seat in town to over look the river banks. 

The room is extremely versatile that can be arranged in multiple ways allowing for the bridal party to be sat at any angle. It comes fully equipped with all the modern systems like AV, which guarantees absolute complete privacy for your wedding entourage. 

Gothenburg Waikato Wedding Venue


This Waikato wedding venue is the perfect location to make your wedding dreams come true. Solscape is a comprehensive place that offers different options for your special day. 

Exchange wedding vows at the ceremony area as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea. You can also admire the magnificent Solscape meadows views. 

With a wide range of self-contained accommodation options;

  • Eco Bach
  • The Family Bach
  • Ivy Cottage
  • Summer Studio 
  • Overlander

Solscape provides exceptional wedding catering from their Conscious Kitchen’s vegan menu. Their team of assistants help you create a memorable wedding event. You, your friends and family can switch off and relax in our wedding venue. 

The Solscape venue is a one stop shop. The ceremony, photo booth, reception and bed are all co-located. You don't need to drive anywhere at their wedding venue.

Photo by Solscape

Plum Meadows

Peaceful. Beautiful. Atmosphere. All in one place. Enjoy an intimate all-in-one country Waikato wedding venue at Plum Meadows. Tie the knot with this rural background filled with atmosphere and character. 

Located in the North Waikato, it features a quaint garden, rustic barn and fruit orchard. If the weather is not on your side, they have an undercover wedding reception area in Carter’s Barn. This will keep your wedding guests safe from the elements. 

ENJOY THE FREEDOM TO CREATE YOUR OWN DAY. This wedding venue give choices and flexibility to couples. They are proud to share their beautiful place with you and how you create your dream wedding is up to you. From wedding food and drink menus to decorations and flowers. 

You can select from their talented wedding catering suppliers. Choose your own, or bring whatever you want. It is your choice.  

This means your marriage is all about you. You control how the day goes, what it looks like - and finally, what you spend. 

IT'S YOUR DAY. They are there to make it your day as memorable as it deserves. Wedding photographers recommended their venue to create wedding memories. These will last you a lifetime.

Photo by Roslyn Nelson Photography

Woodside Estate

Imagine your special wedding day on The Woodside Estate Wedding Venue in the Waikato. With more than 15 hectares of;

  • Landscaped gardens
  • Stunning lakes
  • Bush walking trails 
  • Waterfalls. 

Imagine your wedding reception venue with grand wooden cathedral ceilings. Large envelopes around the deck. Rustic charm of a lakeside house decorated with souvenirs from the past. Hold your ceremony on the beach, in the large courtyard in front of the 1900 raglan tennis pavilion. By the lake under a Kahikatea stand. Woodside Estate is Waikato's most eclectic and unique wedding venue. 

Their expert staff a will assist you in creating the wedding you've always dreamed of. Their in-house wedding coordinators can do as much or as little as you want.

The Woodside Estate is 15 minutes from Hamilton city centre. It boasts a beautiful lake. There are also several waterfalls with plenty of space. Woodside Estate is a wedding venue that offers the best Waikato can offer. They have rooms to choose from after all the partying and enjoyment on your special wedding day. Both for your special honeymoon evening or your well-travelled wedding guests.

Photo by Woodside Estate

Five Answers to Five Questions

  1. Are wedding venues booked for 2021? Some venues have no availability whilst others don't. Check with your Waikato Wedding Venue.
  2. Can wedding venues do viewings? Most Waikato Wedding Venues are happy to show you around. Give them a call first.
  3. How much do Waikato wedding venues cost? It all depends on your budget. It pays to shop around and ask for costs in advance.
  4. What is the best venue for a wedding? Of course everyone has their own preferences. Take your time and look around.
  5. Do Waikato wedding venues allow outside catering? Some have both indoor and outdoor options. It's best to have both to be safe.

Top Waikato Wedding Venues

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