16 Auckland Wedding Venues That Provide Accommodation
— By Maria Yeonhee Ji
05 September 2018
One of the aspects about wedding venues that many couples don’t think about is the kind of accommodation that is available onsite. But having somewhere amazing to stay when the reception comes to an end can be the best way to end the evening - the last thing you want is an anticlimactic finale to an otherwise magical day. And if you have guests who are travelling to Auckland just for this event, it’s good etiquette to have thought about where they might stay. So to help you determine what kind of place will meet the needs of you and your guests here is a handy list of some of Auckland’s best wedding venues that also provide accommodation.
Image sourced from Plume
Nestled in the stunning landscaped grounds of Matakana, a short walk from Plume, The Vineyard Restaurant, are 12 new luxury villas that take accommodation to new heights. All the villas have 1-3 bedrooms, each of which features a king-sized bed and fully tiled ensuite bathroom with rainforest shower, heated floor, and demisting mirror. Whether you’re looking for a photogenic getting ready site close to the ceremony site, or for exceptional accommodation for your friends and family for the night(s) after the big day, these villas are the perfect way to enjoy the magic of Matakana.
2/ BETHELLS BEACH COTTAGES
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This venue at Bethell’s Beach has the most sublime backdrop for all things wedding-related, be it the photography shoot, ceremony itself, or the getaway respite after. Each of the three cottages there have different personalities, but all come with stunning views of the surrounding area and amenities like outdoor cooking facilities and a Scandinavian hot tub. The accommodation is the perfect size for your immediate family or a small bridal group to stay the night after the reception, or even just for the couple to enjoy a mini-honeymoon out in the bush and rolling dunes.
3/ TABULA RASA
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If you’re looking for an escape not too far from Auckland - somewhere accessible but intimate - Tabula Rasa is the perfect venue. A mere 30 minutes from the city, yet on the grounds of this venue you’ll feel like you’re worlds away, with the many available features including a gazebo, an infinity pool, and a number of beautifully maintained gardens.
4/ HURAKIA LODGE
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At Hurakia Lodge, up to 10 of you and your closest friends and family can enjoy all the magic of a luxurious island retreat. Nestled on Rakino Island in the Hauraki Gulf, this venue can only be accessed by air or sea, meaning you will have complete privacy as you make the most of everything this place has to offer - including the swimming pool, spa, infra-red sauna, and driving range.
5/ TU NGUTU
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They say that home is where the heart is, and this exceptional private home may just be the venue that captures the hearts of more discerning wedding couples. This villa boasts beautiful architecture that has been designed to make natural light illuminate the numerous open spaces, and is nestled in a spot with breathtaking views of the surrounding coastal area.
Image sourced from Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant
Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant is one of the most stunning wedding venues to be found on Waiheke Island. The accommodation options include The Lodge itself and two luxury cottages (Olive and Merlot) that emanate rustic, romantic charm. Robyn, one of the owners of Mudbrick, says “I have designed the lodge to be a mix of sophistication and relaxation… but part fantasy, with eclectic touches which are designed to stimulate your visual senses when you visit.”
7/ CASTAWAYS RESORT
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If you have a sizeable number of friends and family who would like to keep the fun going after the reception comes down to an end, consider staying a while at Castaways Resort. With 15 two-bedroom chalets, 10 studio units, 4 glamping tents, and/or a glamping village option for larger groups, this oceanfront venue gives you the best of both worlds - adventure as well as pure luxury.
8/ KAURI BAY BOOMROCK
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As well as being a stunning wedding venue with panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, Kauri Bay Boomrock offers an extensive range of group activities. If your wedding has brought family and friends together from the far-flung corners of the world, make the most of everything on offer by staying on a day or more at Kauri Bay Boomrock after the big day.
9/ MOUNT RICHMOND HOTEL
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As well as having an all-encompassing range of wedding facilities and services, Mount Richmond Hotel also has a luxury honeymoon suite for the newlyweds to enjoy and discounted guest accommodation rates. For wedding guests they’ll provide a complimentary late checkout so that your friends and family can have as much fun as they want at the reception without worrying about getting up early the next morning.
10/ LEIGH CENTRAL
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If you’re looking for a more laid back venue that also provides accommodation, Leigh Central might be the place for you. A hotel that was renovated with a retro beach aesthetic, Leigh Central’s point of difference is that they are a ‘bare hall hire’, providing you with the freedom and stunning spaces to run wild with your visions.
11/ HU’S ART FARM
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An idyllic residence designed to be able to hold the vision of international artists who showcase their work in the custom-built gallery, HU’s Farm is a tranquil space that is the perfect setting for your wedding day dreams. With its expansive, majestic grounds, you hardly need more incentive to linger for longer, but should you or your guests want to venture out, HU’s Farm is located in close proximity to a golf course, restaurants, breweries, wineries, forest walks, mountain bike trails, shopping, and beaches.
12/ HOTEL PULLMAN
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If you have a lot of guests flying into the country for your big day, consider a venue like the Hotel Pullman. Situated in the city where transport for larger numbers to and from the airport is easier to organise, and with the exceptional facilities (and more importantly capacity) for all your loved ones after the wedding is over, a hotel like this will make planning the accommodation logistics hassle-free.
13/ CORDIS AUCKLAND
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One of the perks of the various wedding packages available at Cordis Auckland includes a complimentary night for the couple in one of their stunning suites. As well as a night spent unwinding, enjoying the Club Privileges and a special welcome gift, you also get a delicious breakfast in the Club Lounge the following morning - not a bad way of kicking off married life.
14/ THE HILTON
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Getting into cabs to go home at the end of your wedding night can make leaves things feeling anticlimactic. But if your venue has accommodation options like the Deluxe Harbour View Room at The Hilton, luxurious comfort is only steps away from the reception (and you get to wake up to stunning views overlooking the water).
Image sourced from Rydges
For couples dreaming of a magical urban wedding, there’s no inner-city venue more ideal than the Rooftop Terrace at Rydges. The surrounding views of the glistening Waitemata Harbour and the Auckland bridge provide a romantic backdrop for a wedding where everything is taken care of by a team of professionals - including the accommodation for everybody after the reception.
16/ CROWNE PLAZA
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For a hotel experience that you’re sure to remember, you may want to consider booking the Spa Suite at Crowne Plaza. In addition to the luxury amenities you’d usually expect in a hotel room of this class - king size bed, walk-in wardrobe, private balcony - this suite comes with a unique black marble bathroom and a sizeable spa bath that will make you never want to leave.