BYO Wedding Venues: Auckland's Top 10
By Avya Trotter-Hlavac

26 September 2023

Choosing a BYO wedding venue is perhaps the greatest money-saving wedding hack of all time.

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What is a BYO wedding venue? It's not rocket science - a BYO wedding venue is a venue that allows you to bring your own.

However, there are a few variations of BYO.

Some wedding venues allow you to BYO catering and alcohol, some allow BYO alcohol only, some require corkage fees, and others don't. 

Sourcing your own alcohol and/or catering is a great way to reduce that per-head cost. Not only that, but you'll have more autonomy over what's on the menu!

Without further ado, here is our top pick of BYO wedding venues in Auckland. 

Venues that allow you to bring your own catering and beverages.


Waterfall Farm

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Framed by willow and oak trees, Waterfall Farm is the perfect venue to bring your festival-style wedding to life. This Kaukapakapa venue features infrastructure for food trucks, a mini-bar you can hire, plenty of lawn games and four onsite glamping tents. The Forest Chapel is an enchanting spot to share your vows, the lawns provide space for guests to mingle, and the permanent marquee sets the scene for a beautiful reception. 


  • BYO catering, food trucks recommended 
  • BYO alcohol & other beverages, no corkage fee
  • Walter, the resident caravan bar is available for hire for $1,000 (or you can source your own bar)

    Discover Waterfall Farm here.

Vanderosa Farms

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Vanderosa Farms is a breathtaking venue set on a ridgeline 300m above sea level. Minutes from Leigh, Vanderosa Farms overlooks Pakiri Beach and acres of farmland. The venue consists of a newly-built Black Barn that seats up to 150 guests, picturesque lawns and boutique onsite accommodation.


  • BYO catering, food trucks recommended 
  • BYO alcohol & other beverages, no corkage fee

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Songbird Retreat

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Songbird Retreat is an idyllic property located an hour north of Auckland and just a minute from Leigh. The Songbird Cottage and Green Barn are gorgeous spaces for intimate weddings, whilst the property welcomes the addition of a marquee for larger celebrations. With gardens as your backdrop and birdsong as your soundtrack, Songbird Retreat is the perfect venue for a garden party.


  • BYO catering, food trucks recommended 
  • BYO alcohol & other beverages, no corkage fee
  • In-house kitchen facilities suitable for micro weddings

Discover Songbird Retreat, here

Leigh Central

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Sun-drenched and refreshing as ever, enjoy quintessential New Zealand at Leigh Central. Built from the bones of the old Leigh Hotel, Leigh Central is a beautiful BYO venue overlooking the ocean. Guests love not only the stunning location of this venue but also its flexibility - including the full commercial kitchen and onsite accommodation.


  • BYO catering
  • Full commercial kitchen onsite 
  • Full tableware, including crockery, cutlery, glasses, serving utensils, tables and more. 
  • BYO alcohol & other beverages, no corkage fee

Discover Leigh Central, here

Venues that allow you to bring your own beverages.



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Effortlessly stunning and ever so versatile - Glasshouse remains to be a dream venue for brides all over the country. The high ceiling, glass roof and idyllic greenery create a space that is like no other. The landmark of Morningside, Glasshouse is just a short drive from the City and easy to access. 


  • BYO alcohol & other beverages, charged at $28 pp
  • Full kitchen with ice Machine and fridges

Discover Glasshouse, here.

Flaxmere House

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Flaxmere House is a boutique wedding venue set on 10 acres of countryside amidst the Waitakere Ranges. With all-weather spaces, onsite catering and luxury accommodations for up to 20 guests - Flaxmere House is the perfect one-stop-shop venue.


  • BYO wine, beer, cider & juice, no corkage fee

    Discover Flaxmere House, here

Kumeu Valley Estate

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Kumeu Valley Estate is a countryside property run by a team of event experts since 2006. The reception building is a barn-like space featuring a traditional bell tower and high vaulted timber ceilings in warm Macrocarpa. Across three acres of luscious grounds, you’ll find numerous ceremony locations, photo opportunities and areas for guests to mingle.


  • Optional BYO for all beverages, charged at $20 pp
  • Tables, Chairs, Table Linen, Napkins, Cutlery, Plates and Glassware included
  • Commercial kitchen (For onsite caterers, Coast 2 Coast)

    Discover Kumeu Valley Estate, here


Venues that allow you to bring your own catering.



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A focal point of Auckland's iconic Tamaki Drive, Okahu Bay is a beautiful wedding venue with uninterrupted ocean views. Pair this amazing location with the excellent customer service Okahu is famous for, and you've got yourself a winner!



  • BYO catering, no additional charge 
  • Complimentary kitchen facilities, cutlery, glassware etc 

Discover Okahu, here