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Destination New Zealand

New Zealand is a delightful wedding destination that's growing in popularity every year, especially as those interested in Australian weddings take that extra step (a 1,000 mile step, at that!) and look to its southeastern neighbor as an exciting alternative. New Zealand showcases Mother Nature in all her glory, with a breathtaking landscape of mountain ranges, volcanic regions, glaciers, lakes, geysers, grassy plains, farmland, rainforests, and a spectacular coastline that seems to hover on the edge of the world!

Adventuresome couples will find just what they are looking for in all of the choices this island nation offers. Eco-tourism abounds, whether exploring the incredible marine life, the country's volcanic regions, forest reserves, deserted beaches, or, afterwards, exploring its extensive thermal pools, mud baths, and spas. Swim with the dolphins, watch the whales, and commune with the sheep and baby lambs that far outnumber humans in New Zealand.

And did we mention the food? Indeed, the only thing that surpasses New Zealand's beauty is the casual warmth and great good humor of the "Kiwis" themselves, a people renowned for their gracious familiarity and spirited optimism.

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New Zealand is a delightful wedding destination that's growing in popularity every year, especially as those interested in Australian weddings take that extra step (a 1,000 mile step, at that!) and look to its southeastern neighbor as an exciting alternative. New Zealand showcases Mother Nature in all her glory, with a breathtaking landscape of mountain ranges, volcanic regions, glaciers, lakes, geysers, grassy plains, farmland, rainforests, and a spectacular coastline that seems to hover on the edge of the world!

Adventuresome couples will find just what they are looking for in all of the choices this island nation offers. Eco-tourism abounds, whether exploring the incredible marine life, the country's volcanic regions, forest reserves, deserted beaches, or, afterwards, exploring its extensive thermal pools, mud baths, and spas. Swim with the dolphins, watch the whales, and commune with the sheep and baby lambs that far outnumber humans in New Zealand.

And did we mention the food? Indeed, the only thing that surpasses New Zealand's beauty is the casual warmth and great good humor of the "Kiwis" themselves, a people renowned for their gracious familiarity and spirited optimism.

New Zealand - Historic Sites in Kerikeri

The Northland town of Kerikeri has a long, colourful history. The area was home ground for the fearsome Maori chief Hongi Hika, who terrorised many tribes throughout the North Island in the early 1800s. Yet he was kind to missionaries - allowing Samuel Marsden to establish New Zealand's second mission station here.

The Kerikeri Mission Station, also known as Kemp House, is New Zealand’s oldest standing European building. Built to house the Reverend John Butler in 1821, this elegant wooden home has the protection of the Historic Places Trust. Nearby is the Stone Store, which dates back to 1832. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the store was meant to house large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. When the wheat failed, the building was used as a kauri gum trading store.

The terraced pa site, Kororipo, above the Kerikeri basin was once a stockaded fortress, but not in European times. When the missionaries lived here in the early 1820s, it was the site of an unfortified village where some of Hongi Hika’s people lived. Today the pa site is protected by the Department of Conservation.

New Zealand - Stoneridge Estate

Stoneridge Estate offers a stunning and unique wedding and reception venue, set amidst 5 hectares of park like grounds, with magnificent panoramic views of vineyard, Lake Hayes and mountains.

Located just 15 minutes from Queenstown, New Zealand’s leading tourist resort, Stoneridge is constructed from recycled materials including church and bridge beams, schist rock and slate.

Stoneridge offers an elegant yet rustic, unique ambience for boutique wedding receptions.

Small to medium size intimate weddings are a speciality at Stoneridge and a maximum of 80 guests are catered for.

Stoneridge also offers an authentic wedding Chapel by the Lake, internationally acclaimed for its picturesque and romantic setting.

New Zealand - Mount Classic Tours Ltd

Mount Classics offer the region's largest selection of wedding cars. Our fleet of classic Rolls Royce and Daimler limousines, modern Ford and Holden sedans, plus a new Super Stretch 8 passenger limo offers you a car to suit any theme.

Cars are decorated with ribbons, bows and flowers and will be driven by one of our professional chauffeurs.

Our wedding car service can be tailored to match your exact needs, from a simple transfer to the wedding venue to a full day of transport for you, your family and guests.

Book one of our special limousines for the post reception transfer to your honeymoon night accommodation, enjoying a glass of champagne on the way.

Plus airport transfers and tours for visiting friends & family.

New Zealand - Marlborough Classic Motoring

“A unique classic experience in classic countryside” Explore scenic Marlborough in classic 1930-50s style sports cars......with the hood down and wind in your hair, this is classic motoring at its best. These are two-seater open-top sports cars with modern engines and components. Available as self-drive or with personal chauffeur. The perfect holiday experience for the motoring enthusiast and those who appreciate the style of yesteryear. An ideal weekend escape for those seeking a stylish nostalgia trip. Qualmark 4 star accommodation available at Koromiko Homestead. Daimler limousine with chauffeur available for tours, transfers and weddings. Located 7km south of Picton, convenient to SH1 and Picton airport.

New Zealand - Waka Taiamai Heritage Journeys

To the Bride, imagine being delivered to your beachside wedding on board a 50 foot traditional Maori canoe surrounded by friendly and yet fierce looking local Maori warriors. When the Waka arrives at the Beach the warriors disembark and announce your arrival with a fierce Haka then you are escorted up the sand to your groom in waiting.

To the Groom, She would love you forever!

Waka Taiamai Heritage Journeys is able to help with the cultural component of your wedding here in the Bay of Islands. Our Maori culture group will entertain you and your guest with traditional Maori song and dance and will provide a Maori cultural flavour to your wedding that will leave you with everlasting memories of the most important day in your life.

Natural Phenomena

Ice ages, fault lines, volcanic zones and tectonic plate movements have all made their mark on New Zealand. Ours is a dynamic environment, sandwiched between two oceans and perched on the Pacific Ring of Fire. When extreme events happen below or above the earth’s surface, unusual scenery is often the result.

Take the south-western corner of the South Island as an example. Here a procession of ice ages wrought an impressive collection of fiords. Further up the coast, there are two glaciers that refuse to believe the ice age is over - they’re still creeping down into the rainforest.

For absolute in-your-face phenomena, the North Island never fails to satisfy. Active volcanic regions, including a marine volcano that you can walk through, are outward expressions of internal turmoil. Take a wander through the geothermal areas around Rotorua and Taupo - fumaroles, craters and geysers are endlessly fascinating. And what about boiling mud? It has to be the strangest thing you’ll ever find in a public park.

Mine Bay Rock Carving

In the late 1970s master carver Matahi Whakataka-Brightwell had completed his 10-year training period with Maori elders. He came to his mother's land at Lake Taupo to mark the occasion with a significant carving.

On a boat trip around the Western Bays he saw the cliffs at Mine Bay and recognised the opportunity to use them as a canvas for his work. Matahi decided to carve a likeness of Ngatoroirangi, a visionary Maori navigator who guided the Tuwharetoa and Te Arawa tribes to the Taupo area over a thousand years ago. In recognition of the cross-cultural nature of New Zealand, Matahi also carved two smaller figures of Celtic design, which depict the south wind and a mermaid.

The main carving is over 10 metres high and took four summers to complete. The artwork is Matahi's gift to Taupo. He and four assistants took no payment other than small change donations from local bar patrons to cover the cost of the scaffolding.

The carving has become an important cultural attraction for the region and a clear demonstration that traditional Maori knowledge and skills continue to be passed from generation to generation.

The Mine Bay rock carvings can only be reached by boat and are best viewed up close from a kayak.

Captain Cook's Landing Site and Young Nick's Head

Located on Kaiti Beach Road in Gisborne, the Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve marks the place where Captain James Cook first set foot on New Zealand soil. The area has since been reclaimed, but the old shore line is visible as a noticeable dip in the ground in front of the obelisk.

Captain Cook was offered the command of HMS Endeavour by the British Admiralty in 1768, to undertake a voyage of discovery in the South Pacific. After leaving Tahiti he followed sealed orders to find a 'Continent or land of great extent'. At the time, common belief held that a great southern land must exist to balance the land masses in the northern hemisphere.

In early October 1769, Cook and his crew reached a southern land that was new to them. For the Europeans, the initial discovery of the east coast of New Zealand was cause for celebration. For the Maori people it was a time of astonishment and fear.

Nicholas Young, the surgeon's boy, was first to see land. The Poverty Bay headland Te Kuri a Paoa was named Young Nick's Head by Cook in memory of the event, although this is unlikely to have been the first piece of land sighted.

The site of Cook's first New Zealand landfall is also believed to be the landing place of the Horouta and Te Ikaroa-a-Rauru waka (canoes), which carried Maori settlers to the district around 1350AD.

Scenic Views in New Zealand

Wherever you travel in New Zealand, there's always an opportunity to put yourself in front of a fabulous view.

Fantastic urban panoramas can be found at the top of Mount Eden and One Tree Hill in Auckland, Mount Victoria in Wellington, the top of the Port Hills in Christchurch and Flagstaff Hill in Dunedin.

Other vistas around the country can be more difficult to access, but are definitely worth the effort. These include the views from the summits of Mount Iron in Wanaka and Mount Hikurangi on East Cape.

And there are many views that don't require any climbing at all, such as the weird boulders at Moeraki on the Otago Coast and the outrageous Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki.

Art adds another dimension to the sights you'll encounter in New Zealand. Paddle a kayak to the rock carvings at Mine Bay in Taupo or walk the streets of Katikati, where intricate murals record the town's history.

New Zealand - Craglee Lodge

At Craglee Lodge,it's all about you.

A stunning retreat in the Marlborough Sounds and a sanctuary to recharge and be spoilt. Superb food prepared by our resident chef with fresh local produce. Fragrant flowers, aroma of home baking, candlelight dinners, twin outdoor baths nestled in native bush, all add to the ambience and romantic Craglee experience. We cater for up to four couples at any one time and have a no children under the age of 16 policy. Getting to Craglee has never been easier. Take a floatplane to us from Wellington or Picton or use one of the many water taxis companies located in Picton. We have a 51'luxury Launch moored at Craglee Lodge which can be used for weddings parties and larger groups comming out to the Lodge.

New Zealand - Skyline Skyrides Gondola, Restaurant and Luge

It is said that the essence of any memorable wedding is the perfect venue. Skyline Skyrides provides the perfect backdrop with spectacular views of the city, lake and surrounding districts.

The Cableway Restaurant & Bar can cater for all needs and budgets, from buffet to silver service set menu options. For that unique wedding - try the Skyline Redwood Forest Sails, a purpose designed function area with state of the art canopy sails and brazier fireplaces set amongst Redwood trees.

A complimentary Bridal Cabin and dedicated staff will ensure your wedding day is a memory to treasure.

Situated 5 minutes from the centre of town.

Other activities include Gondola, the Luge, Sky Swing, Helicopter flights.

New Zealand - Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Waitangi Treaty Grounds is where in 1840, two peoples forged a relationship that has grown into nationhood. Now this historic place of partnership can be an auspicious, inspiring venue for your special day.

Our choice of settings is almost unlimited: magnificent lawns with sweeping views of the Bay of Islands, cherished historic buildings, native bush or gardens of national significance.

Your wedding will be a memorable one when Waitangi sets the scene. For more information please contact us or visit our website.

New Zealand - Raetihi Lodge

Raetihi Lodge, an intimate luxurious country retreat, nestled on the waterfront in a secluded bay in Kenepuru Sound. Ideal for weddings up to 45 people, accommodation in 14 en-suite rooms, with extra space available locally.

Take your vows in our gardens overlooking the water, with a local celebrant, enjoy indoor or outdoor reception with buffet, BBQ or formal dinner in our restaurant.

A weekend, or 2 day stay with close friends, relatives may just provide the memorable wedding experience you are looking for.

Lodge Managers, Nick & Pip Goodhew and their team will be sure to attend to all your special requests. Arrival by water, road or air is stunning.

National Parks & Marine Reserves

Fourteen spectacular national parks preserve New Zealand's natural heritage. Enshrining a huge variety of landscapes, vegetation and wildlife, our parks allow you to discover the heart and soul of a country that will never be totally tamed.

From the golden beaches of Abel Tasman to the alpine environment of Arthur's Pass to the immense Whanganui River, New Zealand's national parks contain some of our most treasured wilderness areas.

In a marine reserve, all marine life is protected. Nothing can be taken or disturbed. From your point of view, this level of protection is great for two reasons - there’s more to see, and what you’re seeing isn’t afraid of you.

New Zealand’s first marine reserve was established in 1975 in an area north of Auckland known as Goat Island. It was one of the planet’s first no-take marine reserves. The fish in this reserve have had more than 30 years to get over their fear of humans. Today they play around you like puppies.

Every one of our marine reserves, and there are more than 25 of them, preserves an area that is valuable because it’s typical, unique or extremely beautiful. For example, Fiordland’s marine reserves protect the world's largest black coral trees - some over 300 years old.

One of our most famous marine reserves is the Poor Knights, where subtropical currents, huge caves and archways support an extraordinary range of life. This reserve has been called one of the top 10 dive sites in the world.

Devonport & North Head

Just across Auckland harbour from the central business district, the historic suburb of Devonport is full of charm and character. Decades of relative isolation by road, followed by visionary town planning, has preserved Devonport's heritage. The streets are lined with wooden colonial villas built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. There are also some large stately homes along the shore facing the city centre.

From the ferry wharf, the main street leads inland towards the volcanic cone Mount Victoria. Preserved buildings along the street accommodate cafes and small shops selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.

The adjacent naval base was the main focus of Devonport for many decades. A museum at the base offers a wonderful collection of navy memorabilia and fascinating stories of New Zealand's naval history.

Take a walk around Torpedo Bay along the harbour's edge to North Head. This volcanic mountain is strategically positioned above the shipping channel which rounds the headland as it enters the inner harbour. For many years a closed defence position, North Head is now a public area managed by the Department of Conservation. The old gun emplacements and underground connecting tunnels are restored and open for you to explore - bring a torch. The grassy slopes of the hill offer numerous picnic spots with widespread views over the city, harbour and islands of the Hauraki Gulf. Ferries, the occasional ship and a steady stream of pleasure craft add to the entertainment.

A track around the base of North Head passes along a rocky ledge to a small secluded beach before heading down onto Cheltenham Beach, one of the North Shore's prettiest seaside suburbs.

Puke Ariki

Puke Ariki is a museum, library and information centre all in one. It also has a restaurant and a cafe. The two wings of the innovative complex are joined by an airbridge.

As a visitor to New Plymouth, you'll find the exhibitions at Puke Ariki both entertaining and educational. There are five gallery spaces to explore - Taranaki Naturally, Taranaki Life, the Taranaki Experience, the Te Takapou Whariki o Taranaki and the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery.

Collectively, the galleries celebrate the uniqueness of Taranaki from 30 million years ago to today. Highlights include a real-life walk-through cow shed, a glass forest displaying the region's plants and animals and a captivating 12-minute multi-media theatre show that celebrates all things Taranaki. Admission is free, although there may be a charge for special exhibitions.

The information centre at Puke Ariki provides a full range of brochures, advice and information for visitors. The centre can also handle bookings for accommodation, transportation, events and attractions.

New Zealand Travel Info

  • Climate: 
    Temperatures and weather patterns vary between the north and south islands of New Zealand. The north of New Zealand is subtropical, and the south is temperate, usually a few degrees cooler than the north. Winter falls in the months of June through August, but while it is winter in the US - December through February--you and your wedding party can enjoy New Zealand's wonderful summer months Expect beautiful weather, mild to warm temperatures year round.

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  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar

  • International calling code:  +64

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