Best Wedding Venues in Queenstown, New Zealand

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13 August 2019

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What are the Best Wedding Venues in Queenstown, New Zealand?

Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the most wildly romantic wedding locations in the world!  Located between the shores of Lake Wakatipu and the dramatic Southern Alps, it is simply awe inspiring! If you wish to write the first chapter of your love story in a location abundant of natural beauty, adventure and drama, there’s no place like Queenstown to host your big day. Queenstown is full of gorgeous wedding venues to choose from.  Here are our top picks for the best wedding venues in Queenstown, New Zealand.

NZ High Country

Dreaming of a mountain high ceremony? NZ High Country is the perfect mountain top venue.  Located on a family farm high above Lake Wakatipu, NZ High Country features four natural locations that each offer stunning views of surrounding lakes and mountains. Only 10 minutes from Queenstown, NZ High Country is close to the action of Queenstown but feels like you are on top of the world!

Check out Libby + Seth’s gorgeous NZ High Country Wedding HERE!

NZ High Country Wedding Venue Queenstown by Dawn Thomson Photography

Peregrine Winery

If you enjoy a good Kiwi Pinot Noir and a winery wedding sounds like heaven then Peregrine Winery will pop your cork! The internationally awarded “Falcon Wing Winery” is a unique venue perfect for intimate or big scale weddings.  Under the Peregrine wing they can cater for up to 180 guests. Next to the winery is the 1860s style Woolshed, with a historic stone and timber setting that can seat 110 guests. The stone Woolshed oozes romance and nostalgia…think candlelit long table dinners served with lashings of Pinot and you’ve get the picture!  Peregrine Wines wedding venue is located 20 minutes from Queenstown, and is basically a blank canvas upon which to design your dream wedding.

Stone wool shed with Peregrine Winery Falcon Wing shelter and Central Otago mountains in background as part of winery wedding Hanging festoon lighting in old stone woolshed at Peregrine Winery vineyard with styling by One Fine Day Weddings


Thomas Brown Gallery Arrowtown

With its wintry white interior and windows for days, the Thomas Brown Art Gallery creates the perfect canvas for intimate and creative weddings! Artist Thomas Brown’s Gallery is housed in an old dairy factory and provides a treasure trove of delights. Located in Arrowtown, this cozy, artistic venue is perfect for couples who like to think out of the box and make their wedding truly imaginative and personal.  The natural light bounces around the white washed interior with organic textures making this a photographers dream to work in…just saying!

Check out our Wild Hearts Editorial at Thomas Brown Gallery HERE.

Creative Queenstown Wedding photographed by Dawn Thomson, wild wedding flowers by the Wilde Florist, Thomas Brown Art Gallery Wedding Photography styled by Wild Hearts

Amisfield Vineyard & Bistro

So when the Duchess of Cambridge herself was in Queenstown she visited the Amisfield Winery Cellar Door for a tipple.  A little name dropping BUT for very good reason!  Amisfield aims to provide wine that tastes as pure as the location itself, and seasonal food that is both fresh and creative. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and views of both Lake Hayes and Coronet Peak, it is a truely elegant choice for your wedding day. Amisfield is rugged contemporary at its finest, with the buildings made of local schist and recycled timber and a sharply pitched copper roof. This is a wedding reception for foodies and Amisfield provides a unique menu and amazing wine.

Looking for an intimate private dining room with class and views?  Queenstown’s most exclusive private dining room has recently opened at Amisfield.  It sits above the cellar door and is the perfect intimate space to host your Queenstown wedding reception.  Amisfield wedding venue is top of the foodie chart and you can’t leave Queenstown without trying their Pinot Noir!

Eichardt’s Private Hotel | Eichardts Penthouse | Eichardts Grille

For supreme luxury and elegance you will fall in love with Eichardts Private Hotel and Penthouse.  Eichardt’s is an iconic Queenstown venue which caters for everything from cocktail receptions to intimate dinners to big party wedding gatherings. For ultimate luxury and decadence you need to cast your eyes on  the Eichardt’s Penthouse!  The most coveted location in the whole of Queesntown…this venue offers the best views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu literally laps on the doorstep . Eichardt’s is a significant historic landmark and draws visitors from all over the globe. Couples with a love for history and natural beauty will love to host their wedding at Eichardt’s wedding venue!

Eichardts is so much more than a grand hotel and rockstar penthouse…they also have a highly acclaimed restaurantThe Grille by Eichardts is a stylish setting that oozes sophistication and is a great option for your wedding reception dinner.

Lake Wakatipu and mountains view from Luxury hotel Eichardts Private Hotel by Dawn Thomson Photography Lake Wakatipu and mountains view from Luxury hotel Eichardts Private Hotel by Dawn Thomson Photography

Matakauri Lodge

Luxury at it’s finest! I become quite giddy when my couples announce that Matakauri Lodge is their chosen wedding venue…it just has that effect on me! Surrounded by panoramic mountains and smack bang on the waters edge of Lake Wakatipu, Matakauri wedding venue is a jewel in the crown.  Literally… the young royals stayed here!  This luxury lodge offers deluxe suites for your guests and The Owners Cottage is well…perfection! There are a variety of dining options for an intimate wedding, from the Main Dining Room (accommodating 12) to the Remarkables Terrace (60).  If you are eloping why not request private dining! For a luxury Queenstown wedding experience, Matakauri Lodge will make your dreams come true.

View of Matakauri Lodge wedding with snow capped mountains and lake by Dawn Thomson Photography View from Matakauri Lodge Wedding with flower arch by Dawn Thomson Photography

Paradise Trust

Couples looking for an off the beaten track venue will find all that they are looking for in Paradise Trust just outside of Glenorchy. the beauty of this venue is that you can stay here as well as host your wedding and reception.  Their wedding package includes a three-day, two-night stay, with guaranteed privacy from day visitors, permission for helicopter landings, and accomodation for up to 50 people. Paradise Trust is surrounded by a 300acre property and strives to preserve the historic and natural beauty of the area.

Paradise Trust wedding venue is also the perfect escape for intimate weddings and elopements.  Say ‘I do’ then stay in the romantic Homestead or in one of the rustic cabins under the majesty of the surrounding mountain ranges and far far away from all civilisation.

The Winehouse 

The Winehouse is a beautiful historic villa set deep in Gibbston Valley wine region and about 20 mins drive from Queenstown.  Drive through the vines to find this little gem of a wedding venue.  The front lawn is perfect for your pre-wedding cocktail soirée or a round of croquet.  The garden pavilion is a wedding stylist dream canvas to create a wedding reception to suit your style and taste.  The Winehouse wedding venue can seat up to 250 guests but can also host smaller more intimate affairs too.

Winehouse wedding venue in Queenstown New Zealand by Dawn Thomson Photography Winehouse wedding venue in Queenstown New Zealand by Dawn Thomson Photography

Jacks Point Clubhouse

For drama and killer views there is the one and only Jacks Point Clubhouse.  Dwarfed by the magnificent Remarkable Mountain Ranges, this location will wow your guests!  Jacks Point wedding venue is only available from mid April to mid October so I would advise you to book early for this highly coveted venue.  The clubhouse is modern and rugged all at once with concrete floors, recycled timbers, schist rock and floor to ceiling windows that overlook the adjacent pond.  And then there are the Remarkable Mountains…every bit as their name suggests they are a sight to behold!

View of The Remarkables Mountain Range with snow on top in winter time by Dawn Thomson Photography

Touch of Spice / Major Domo / Relax it’s Done

There is a definite trend for smaller and more intimate weddings and a great idea for a venue to host this is a Queenstown luxury holiday home!  You will have a gorgeous house to stay with your guests; a stunning location for your ceremony and why not top it off with a private chef preparing an intimate dinner party or a delicious grazing platter for two.  An intimate wedding all under one roof with your nearest and dearest and totally stress-free so you can focus on what matters most.

To drool over the Queenstown Luxury House wedding options check out the portfolios of Touch of Spice, Major Domo and Relax it’s Done.

Luxury holiday house for wedding venue in Queenstown by Touch of Spice and Dawn Thomson Photography

Blanket Bay

Blanket Bay Lodge, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu on a 10,000-acre farm, is New Zealand’s ultimate alpine escape, and has been voted one of the world’s best luxury lodges. This rustic lodge surrounded by majestic alpine scenery is the epitome of relaxation and getting away from it all. Blanket Bay offers a variety of outdoor activities for active couples and guests, from fly-fishing to heli-skiing, jet-boating to horse riding. Couples may choose to host an outdoor intimate wedding surrounded by majestic mountains and clear lakes, or inside one of Blanket Bay’s beautiful, cozy lodges.  Or why not jump into a helicopter and say your “I Do’s” on top or a mountain before enjoying a private dinner for two in Blanket- Bay’s private wine cave. Did I mention there was a spa!! Yes indeed there is!!

Blanket Bay Lodge Wedding Venue by Dawn Thomson Photography Blanket Bay Lodge Wedding Venue by Dawn Thomson Photography


Couples seeking to get married in Queensland, New Zealand, will not be disappointed with the breathtaking natural beauty of the locations, as well as the multiple venue options in the area.  Choose from luxury hotels to high country stations to lake side lodges and no matter which venue you select for your special day, remember to relax and enjoy the best day of your life in beautiful Queenstown.  These are just a few ideas for the best wedding venues in Queenstown and we are here and local to answer any questions you might have.  Please contact us for further information!

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