Songbird Retreat is an exclusive destination wedding venue nestled in extensive landscaped gardens just an hour north of Auckland. Purpose built for marquee weddings and designed with bespoke events in mind this slice of paradise provides a unique and stunning backdrop for you to create the marquee wedding of your dreams.
An idyllic valley where an artist once lived her simple life, Songbird Retreat is a haven for birds and wildlife. Guests can listen to... View more birdsong echoing across the valley, along with the gentle hum of butterflies and dragonflies. A place to connect with each other and a reminder of the beauty of life and one another.
Stunning gardens with streams, ponds, terraced lawns, trees, planting, picture perfect white roses and a stunning rose arbour walkway lead to the ceremony platform overlooking a beautiful lily pond and cute rowboat - creating the perfect setting to customise your own unique day. Arrive by car or helicopter or simply walk hand in hand from Songbird Cottage, the choices are all yours.
With your wedding stretching over the entire weekend Songbird Cottage is included as luxury boutique accommodation, allowing you to relax and enjoy the festivities knowing that your exclusive bridal suite awaits. Situated within its own private gardens and complete with luxury outdoor bath and rain shower.
A photographer’s delight - there are a treasure trove of places to take formal photos or to capture guests sharing more relaxed moments as they mingle amongst the walkways and water features. The turquoise waters of Matheson Bay and Omaha Beach are close by for those wanting a beach backdrop to add to their wedding portfolio.
Songbird Retreat, specialising in long lazy weekend weddings, giving family and friends more time together to share the love and laughter that memories are truly made of.
Matheson Bay, Matakana
— 150 Seating Capacity
— Ceremony Area
— Live Music / DJ Friendly
— Parking Spots
— BYO Beverage
— Free Parking Available
— BYO Catering
We recently had the pleasure of hosting our wedding at Songbird Retreat, and I cannot recommend this venue enough. From the moment we arrived, my partner and I were blown away by the stunning location and the warm welcome we received from the owners, Katherine and Adam. Their kindness and attention to detail made us feel confident that our special day was in good hands. The natural beauty of the surroundings, combined with the stunning flora and landscaping made for a picture-perfect backdrop for our ceremony and reception. We appreciated the flexibility they offered in creating a customized experience that perfectly matched our vision. The day was seamless and unforgettable, thanks in no small part to Katherine and Adam's expert guidance and support. We wholeheartedly recommend Songbird Retreat to anyone looking for a thoughtful, personalized wedding experience in a breathtaking setting.
Absolutely beautiful venue, my husband and I had a intimate wedding of just 25 people at songbird retreat over easter weekend and it was just magical. The gardens are beautifully manicured with stunning flowers, and the cottage accommodation and barn onsite are just perfect - we had our ceremony and reception there. The venue owners Katherine and Adam are so lovely and they made everything so easy and relaxed in the lead up to the day. And they checked in on us when we arrived (plus left us a lovely card and bottle of bubbly to enjoy too!). We would absolutely recommend songbird retreat for any type of wedding, big or small!
Had our wedding here, beautiful venue. Everything is very thought out! Katherine and Adam are great to work with. The Cottage is a gorgeous addition as well.
We got married at the Songbird Retreat and it was absolutely beautiful. We loved every second of being at the venue. The cicadas and the birds were the background music of last minute prep, sharing our vows, celebrating with our nearest and dearest and recovery! We felt like we had picked the perfect place to bring our two families together. All the small details Adam and Katherine have thought of, are what makes the place and we are already looking forward to making more memories there in the future.