Auckland Micro Wedding Venues - the Complete Guide
By Raashka Mannie

11 November 2021

Wedding bells come in all shapes and sizes - but we’re focusing on the smaller kind this time.

The time has come for wedding planning to resume on a different scale. It can still be glitzy and gorgeous - but we’ve got to keep those level restrictions in mind as we put together upcoming engagement parties, ceremonies and receptions. Now that New Zealand is slowly but surely easing into an ever-adapting state of events, those of you keen to get started on your big days must be looking for a comprehensive guide to Auckland wedding venues that cater to intimate weddings.

Well, aren’t you lucky? We’ve put together a complete guide to Auckland wedding venues that specialise in micro weddings. By now, you’re all clued up on what micro weddings are, the basics of planning and more, so it’s time to get started on that checklist. Right at the top of it is finding a micro wedding venue.

In keeping with the restrictions, several of these venues offer elopement and intimate wedding packages to make planning your big day even more effortless. Others are independent and more hands-off, letting you DIY to your heart’s content. No matter the type of day you’re after, these Auckland wedding venues are taking change in their stride to ensure that there are plenty of places to celebrate love.

 

Markovina Vineyard Estate

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Take a breezy, half-hour drive from the city centre to Markovina Vineyard Estate. This Auckland wedding venue is a privately-owned and family-run space that delivers only the best when it comes to functions and celebrations. With 10-acres of property, Markovina Vineyard Estate has many options for an outdoor ceremony, giving you plenty of creative freedom to create the ceremony of your dreams. If it happens to shower, Markovina Vineyard Estate has a stunning wet weather option as a backup. This micro wedding venue is a popular wedding location among Auckland photographers because of its verdant setting. While it can host up to 300 guests, they’re flexible and adjust themselves to a minimum of 55 guests on weekdays, complying with micro wedding and level restrictions. You can find complete lists of their pricing and offers for your intimate wedding on their website.

 

Tabula Rasa


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Tabula Rasa - meaning “new beginnings” - is open to the beauty of change in more ways than one. You can start your journey in this green oasis, bringing you lush lawns, manicured gardens, a covered gazebo, an infinity pool, and more. This Auckland wedding venue, designed as an event space, has a plethora of options when selecting your ceremony and reception locations. Conveniently, it's only a 30 minute trip down the southern motorway from the CBD. Hosting up to 100 of your lucky guests, Tabula Rasa is an Auckland wedding venue that covers all the bases. This includes delicious catering on-site to a dedicated events team to help with the planning and running of your dream wedding. On top of that, they offer private tours so you can visit the venue in person while complying with restrictions. Your micro wedding can happen in one of their dreamy gardens, as a boutique celebration for the ages.

 

Tui Hills


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Whether it’s a handful of guests or something a tiny bit bigger, Tui Hills is all ready to make your micro wedding wishes come true. This Auckland wedding venue is tucked away in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges. Surrounded by native gardens, this micro wedding venue is only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Auckland. Nevertheless, it will have you and your guests feeling a million miles away. Host your special day in their stunning spaces: Nikau Pavilion, The Nectar Room or Kowhai Glade. They have a myriad of options for your wedding, with all of their rooms filled with natural light and a total capacity of up to 120 guests. Tui Hills can make your Auckland wedding a true delight, featuring impeccable service, audiovisual equipment and assistance, transportation, fabulous in-house catering, and so much more. They also offer the latest and greatest live streaming facilities, guaranteeing that your micro wedding reaches all your loved ones.

 

Allely Estate


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If you want to visit Allely Estate in all its green glory, now’s your chance. Now offering private tours so you can appreciate your potential Auckland wedding venue, they’re more than prepared to host your special day. Step into their enchanting gardens, explore their historic villa and feel inspired by their roomy marquee. With a host of options for your wedding from beginning to end, it's no wonder this Auckland wedding venue is such a favourite amongst couples. Allely Estate has a complimentary and dedicated wedding coordinator on-site at your beck and call to help you plan an ideal day. Hosting up to 400 guests, they have whittled down to cater to more intimate affairs, too. Additional facilities include on-site catering options, a liquor license, plenty of parking on the property and more. Your micro wedding will be in talented hands when you host it at Allely Estate.

 

Kauri Bay Boomrock


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An idyllic setting with panoramic views across the Hauraki Gulf, experience Auckland’s ultimate wedding venue. Let the dedicated wedding team at Kauri Bay Boomrock take your thoughts and ideas and turn them into your perfect day. They will organise every fine detail, from bespoke menus and arrangements to specialised transport and entertainment options. Your micro wedding will start with collecting guests from the desired location and ensuring they are transferred to The Lodge in comfort and style. Your ceremony may be held on-site, each boasting panoramic views. Activities are available for your guests to enjoy, and multiple bridal photography locations are close by on the property. A specially crafted menu to suit you and your guests will be served while you continue to enjoy the day’s celebrations. Kauri Bay Boomrock is an Auckland wedding venue that usually accommodates up to 250 guests. With restrictions in mind, they have several options for micro weddings from 10 to 50 guests.

 

Pilkingtons


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If you want an urban wedding, then look no further than Pilkingtons. This Auckland wedding venue is swathed in natural light and contemporary architecture. It is an oasis in the vast concrete expanse that is Auckland's CBD. Filled with lush greenery and bespoke interior design elements, this Auckland wedding venue is the perfect location for an intimate and luxurious wedding. While they can cater for up to 200 guests, they easily host micro weddings starting at 10 guests, complying with restrictions. There is an outdoor courtyard, serving as the ideal secret spot in Auckland city for a wedding. Pilkingtons also has an extensive drink menu and an inspired selection of catering options. If you've always wanted a small and glamorous inner-city wedding, then Pilkingtons is the obvious choice. You’ll find yourself blown away by the warmth that this Auckland wedding venue brings you in the midst of a hub.

 

Castaways Resort


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Want to escape to the sea for your micro wedding? Castaways Resort offers a breathtaking cliffside wedding venue featuring panoramic views of the ocean. This location serves as one of Auckland's favourite seaside spaces to tie the knot. This Auckland wedding venue offers incredible on-site catering, a very experienced wedding team, and on-site accommodation for up to 80 lucky guests. It's an ideal spot for a destination wedding. In keeping with the restrictions, they boast a popular elopement package that includes accommodation, dining, a bottle of bubbly and more. If you fancy a more traditional wedding day, they have micro wedding options starting at 20 guests. Castaways Resort also has a day spa for relaxation and some prepared daytime activities for the adrenaline junkies. This is one of the most thorough and exciting wedding venues in Auckland. You and your loved ones will be sunning yourself before, during and after the big celebrations.

 

Kumeu Valley Estate


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Magical and made for marriage, Kumeu Valley Estate is an exclusive micro wedding venue. Usually hosts to larger and sparklier weddings, they're opening up to hosting intimate celebrations as per the restrictions. The minimum guest limit is 50 guests, but this is flexible during the weekdays and during the off-season. Only from Friday through to Sunday does Kumeu Valley Estate have a minimum spend, so they have plenty of adaptability when it comes to planning your Auckland micro wedding. Surrounded by lush gardens and blossoming flora on private land, this is a slice of paradise up for grabs. Your big day can take place indoors or outdoors credit to their variety of spaces. Let their seasoned team take care of all the details while you are swept up in a whirlwind of love.

 

Okahu


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It’s all about the ocean and the light at Okahu. You’ll be on the waves as you recite your vows and raise champagne - who could ask for more? This Auckland wedding venue can comfortably accommodate an intimate wedding ceremony and reception overlooking the Waitemata Harbour. With stunning views of Auckland’s beautiful landmarks, they are happy to tailor all their packages to a small ceremony. These can be followed by anything, from a bubbly toast to a BYO catered reception. Your Auckland micro wedding will have all it needs and more with this flexible venue, packed with natural light and good times. Their attentive and friendly staff are here to help you plan your special day, whether it's small details, big ones or something in between. They can recommend talented chefs, stylists, planners and more, with endless knowledge surrounding Auckland weddings. Okahu is one of Auckland's premier waterfront venues, available for exclusive hire for your micro wedding.

 

Highwic


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This Auckland wedding venue may look like it's hours from urban life, but Highwic is actually located in the heart of Newmarket. Highwic's convenient location means there is easy access to this micro wedding venue from just about anywhere. The Victorian-style architecture results in an aesthetic masterpiece that serves as the backdrop of your micro wedding. Their spacious grounds are large enough for a marquee, but there are several ceremony and reception locations available on-site. They love hosting intimate weddings at Highwic, with their 2 indoor spaces - the Drawing Room and Billiard House - being ideal for micro weddings. They accommodate 50 and 60 people respectively. Perhaps one of the most important things to mention, considering Highwic is a central city venue, is plenty of parking on-site for you and your guests. With a helpful and attentive team available, you can rest assured that your Auckland wedding is in good hands. As a bonus, Highwic is now in partnership with EcoWed, which organises intimate and sustainable weddings for up to 20 guests.

 

Glasshouse


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If you’re after one of the hottest wedding venues on the block, it means you’re after Glasshouse. This stunning wedding venue has taken the events industry by storm. When you take a moment to check out what it is and what they offer, it's no surprise as to why they have become so popular. Glasshouse is a dedicated event space that is constructed almost entirely out of glass (hence the name). Natural light shines through from all sides all day. Lush greenery encases the building. So, even though it is centrally located, it feels like a distant oasis. This space can seat up to 200 guests and can house up to 400 for a cocktail reception. That said, given recent times and restrictions, they’ve quickly branched into accommodating micro weddings. You can host an intimate wedding styled to perfection with the help of their seasoned team. Glasshouse's skilled team of event professionals can assist with catering, styling, and planning your micro wedding.

 

Bridgewater Country Estate


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Bridgewater Country Estate is the fairytale wedding venue you’ve been looking for. Surrounded by 16 acres of rolling lawns, mature shade trees, native bush and impeccably landscaped gardens, this Auckland wedding venue is as gorgeous as it gets. It features impressive winding pathways, a pond adorned with lilies, a tennis court, a pool, a dedicated bridal suite and luxury accommodation. You'll look amazing in the photos; you'll feel amazing surrounded by the lush wildlife. It's every hopeless romantic's dream setting. Facilities include a capacity of 120 guests, on-site catering options, multiple spaces for your ceremony, reception, photography and more, as well as permission for live music so you can party the night away. Bridgewater Country Estate has opened up to intimate weddings but only host these micro weddings during weekdays. On these days, you can plan a restriction-friendly micro wedding in an emerald setting.

 

Cordis


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For that luxe hotel wedding you’ve imagined for years, there’s Cordis. They make choosing an Auckland wedding as easy as one, two, three. Sublime, elegant and effortless, their Heartfelt Wedding packages are designed to make your Auckland wedding magical from start to finish. Featuring sumptuous catering, impeccable service, on-site accommodation and plenty of space, this Auckland wedding venue will leave you wanting for nothing. Hosting up to 1,000 guests and centrally located, Cordis is the perfect choice for a fantastic wedding in the middle of the city. Dance the night away in their ballroom, savour bespoke menus and indulge in their spa. Complying with restrictions, Cordis now caters to micro weddings in their variety of spaces. Thanks to their intrepid team, styling, catering and more will all be taken care of. In 2022, you can look forward to their newest space, Vista, designed for intimate weddings and celebrations.

 

Redwoods Treehouse


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If you’d like to plan a micro wedding with a DIY edge, then check out Redwoods Treehouse. Surrounded by a thicket of trees, this Auckland wedding venue is a notch above the rest - quite literally. Sublime, no matter the time of day, it can be wrapped in fairy lights or covered in flowers. Like a fairytale, you’ll follow the illuminated path from the ground to the treetops for your special day. Redwoods Treehouse specialises in intimate weddings, but they also have options for larger gatherings. Up to 50 guests can mill about the treehouse, while the marquee below accommodates 250. They account for wet weather, live music, liquor and beverage preferences and more. Their facilities are endlessly flexible, allowing you to plan the wedding of your dreams. With tons of on-site parking and a unique setting, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life at Redwoods Treehouse. This micro wedding venue is one of the best in Auckland for entirely private and personalised celebrations.

 

Delamore Lodge


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You can't go wrong when you choose the luxurious Delamore Lodge. Standing proud on the cliffs overlooking Owhanake Bay, it has premium facilities and experienced and attentive staff to ensure you leave with memories you'll cherish forever. Delamore Lodge is suited for daytime and evening weddings so you can make the most of the spectacular sunsets. Hosting up to 80 guests and more than capable of complying with all upcoming restrictions, they specialise in medium to micro weddings. Their experienced team are experts at organising perfect celebrations, so rest assured you are in good hands. Make your day even more memorable with a stay in their sought-after suites. Indulge in more fine dining and their day spa for some rest and recovery after the big day. This Auckland micro wedding venue offers only the best backdrop, service and accommodation for your day, your way.

 

Plume


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Your micro wedding can take place near the Matakana township, found on its heavenly Wine Trail and offering you tons of privacy and space. Plume is an Auckland wedding venue that’s known for its sublime wining and dining. They have a variety of Runner Duck Estate Vineyard's fine wines, as well as talented chefs that can put together a curated menu for your micro wedding. Plume is surrounded by plenty of parking, fresh air and verdant gardens. You can have your ceremony beneath the clouds and then step into their private dining space for your reception. No matter the flow of your special day, this Auckland wedding venue will make sure it's one to remember in all the best ways. They host small to medium weddings, now focusing on micro weddings so you can host your special day in style.

 

Waterfall Farm


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A woodland wedding awaits at Waterfall Farm. You’re going to put your guests under a spell at this Auckland wedding venue, found in the heart of nature. This natural space embraces its location, allowing you to plan a magical wedding surrounded by emerald trees and smooth lawns. Set up marquees for your reception and stop by their Forest Grove Chapel for an unforgettable ceremony. Waterfall Farm also offers you and your guests the chance to 'glamp' the night away, with tents on request. This Auckland wedding venue is a blank canvas, ideal for painting your picture-perfect wedding across. They host up to 120 guests and have a BYO wedding package available, making them all the more sought-after. Waterfall Farm has quickly turned into a micro wedding venue for all the DIY couples. With their endless flexibility and acres of land, you’ll be as snug as a bug in an intimate wedding of your own design.

 

Abbeville Estate


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History will be made with your micro wedding at Abbeville Estate. Their heritage building is a rustic and stunning option that is sure to make your intimate wedding spring to life. More than 150 years old, Abbeville Estate is a restored wedding venue that now plays host to some of the loveliest celebrations in Auckland. With a capacity of 350 guests, this wedding venue features a plethora of spaces for your special day. These include its perfectly manicured lawns to its quaint church. Built in 1854, Abbeville Estate's main building is the Homestead. It seats up to 110 in its artful dining room, while the Garden Room is a breakaway space for up to 30. Their Barn is their most extensive space, boasting timber frames and wooden floors for an earthy, homey feeling. Country charm at its finest, Abbeville Estate welcomes micro weddings in any one of their wholesome spaces.

 

Bracu


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Travel to the northern slopes of Bombay Hill to find Bracu, a crowning jewel of simple beauty. Surrounded by 30,000 Mediterranean-style olive trees, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot for a classy micro wedding. This Auckland wedding venue accommodates up to 190 guests and offers beautiful and elegant all-weather spaces across the area for your special day. They also have on-site catering, tons of natural light and parking for your guests. In the middle of an olive grove and moments away from the lapping shores of a lake, their Pavillion is a purpose-built space for your micro wedding. You'll be nestled in privacy and prettiness in one fell swoop. For a comprehensive and tranquil wedding venue in Auckland, choose Bracu. They have hosted Auckland weddings of varying sizes for years and now happily play host to micro weddings in their Gazebo, Grove and other idyllic spots.

 

Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant


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As an award-winning winery and restaurant, Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant knows how to do fabulous. This micro wedding venue sits pretty upon the west-facing hills of Waiheke Island. It looks over the Auckland Harbour and the sprawling cityscape of the CBD. Their buildings on site are constructed of hand-hewn mudbrick, which conveys a timeless quality. You'll receive nothing but the best food and wine on your wedding day. Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant is internationally recognised for its excellent dining and wining. They have a dedicated wedding team who will take the organisation into their own hands. Choose from an indoor or outdoor ceremony and unrivalled sea views throughout the whole reception. The restaurant, fit for up to 100 guests, has French doors that fully open and a roof that opens up to view the stars and can be styled to suit intimate celebrations. They often host micro weddings and have a lovely intimate space for up to 20 guests, known as the Mezzanine Room. For a glamorous micro wedding in Auckland, choose Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant.

 

Waitakere Resort & Spa


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Designed to host micro weddings, Waitakere Resort & Spa is the ultimate getaway venue. Wrapped in a native rainforest and offering serenity in spades, this Auckland wedding venue is the perfect pick for intimate weddings. They host anywhere from 10 to 70 guests, easily keeping up with the upcoming restrictions, just outside of Auckland. Waitakere Resort & Spa has 3 spaces to choose from: the Tui Room, Fantail Room, and Kereru Room. Their facilities are here to help you unwind and unpack, from their relaxing Day Spa to their guided bushwalks. You'll find there's so much to do and more at this Auckland wedding venue, especially with their sunny service and accommodation options. Specialising in micro weddings means that their attention to detail is unmatched, putting your celebration first.

 

Tu Ngutu Villa


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Nothing says micro wedding like an exclusive villa by the sea. For that, we have the contemporary charm of Tu Ngutu Villa. Transformed into an event space and residing in Mahurangi East, Tu Ngutu Villa's crowning feature is their stunning infinity pool. This centrepiece also functions as the primary and cosy ceremony space. That's right: you can tie the knot looking like you're walking on water. There is on-site accommodation available for a handful of people and plenty of fun nearby activities. These include paddle boarding and kayaking. Tu Ngutu Villa is perfect for intimate to medium-sized weddings, making them a go-to choice for all the upcoming micro weddings in Auckland. It can cater for to up to 100 guests, but they’re happy to host anywhere from 10. Available for exclusive hire, it boasts bespoke catering for your special day. Your Auckland wedding can have it all with this elegant villa. Turn your micro wedding into a getaway weekend for you and your loved ones, making it even more magical.

 

The Stables


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The Matakana township brings you a spectacular Auckland wedding venue: The Stables. This Auckland wedding venue has plenty of rustic charm when it comes to weddings and events. They offer local wine and cuisine, craft beers, and reliable countryside hospitality. Although their all-inclusive packages cater to groups above 60, they do have an option of smaller celebrations for wedding receptions. Available on Friday and Saturday, there’s no minimum spend and no exclusive hire involved. You can book a semi-private section of the main dining room at The Stables and style it however you please. This micro wedding option includes a 4-course menu, use of their outdoor areas for ceremonies, some furniture hire and more. If you’d like to host your reception at their Garden Bar, you’re treated to a semi-private shelter that features excellent views of the land. It’s available throughout the week, with plenty of fresh air and flexibility. If you choose to host your micro wedding at The Stables, reach out to their helpful team to find out how they can make your dreams come true.

 

Woodhouse Mountain Lodge


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Spanning 100 acres of lush, private land, Woodhouse Mountain Lodge is as safe as it gets when it comes to Auckland micro wedding venues. Their estate, Kourawhero Estate, is just outside of Auckland, with views of the glittering Hauraki Gulf. Full of fresh air and good times, they're available for exclusive hire for your big day. Woodhouse Mountain Lodge features a series of indoor and outdoor spots for your Auckland micro wedding. They can take care of everything, including the catering, with ingredients carefully selected from local and regional sources. They even sport multiple helipads, so you and your guests can arrive with added style. No matter the theme of your celebration, this Auckland micro wedding is the cream of the crop when it comes to exclusivity. 

 

LaValla Estate


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As an Auckland wedding venue that adores doing it all, it comes as no surprise that LaValla Estate also adores micro weddings. Their usual facilities include on-site accommodation, delicious catering, multiple locations for your ceremony and reception, photogenic backdrops and more. In 2019, this Auckland wedding venue won the Supreme Award at the 2019 Wedding Industry Awards. They're loved for their attention to detail, sunny team and magical surroundings. LaValla Estate can host up to 350 guests. However, they also give you the choice of their boutique wedding package, accommodating up to 50 guests. This micro wedding option makes LaValla Estate one of the most adaptable wedding venues in Auckland. You can choose between outdoor and indoor wedding options, or even a balanced flow between the two. Whatever your wedding desires are, they can make it happen in style. You’re promised the time of your life at this venue, poised to host micro weddings nothing short of perfection.

 

Flaxmere House


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Flaxmere House is a boutique Auckland wedding venue, so they know how to make your micro wedding day magical. Their on-site events coordinator is here to help plan and carry out a faultless wedding from start to finish. Their facilities include on-site catering options, plush accommodation for up to 20 guests, a host of wedding packages and more. Flaxmere House has years of experience hosting incredible Auckland weddings, nestled in Bethells Valley near Bethells Beach and Bethells Lake. They usually specialise in more intimate days of up to 80 guests, making it the perfect option for a more curated and intimate wedding. They can also host micro weddings ranging from 10 to 50 guests, in keeping with restrictions. No matter the number, Flaxmere House promises a day you’ll treasure.