North Shore Wedding Venues Guide
— By Raashka Mannie
18 November 2021
The perfect wedding takes the perfect venue. What better place to explore than the North Shore?
Deciding to have your wedding in Auckland is more than just that. It’s not solely about the region, but about the areas within it, whether hillside and rugged or smooth as sea glass along the beach. The North Shore is one of those areas, cosied up around the Waitematā Harbour and offering an urban location away from the hubbub of city central. If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate your upcoming day, their wedding venues are chic and characterful. You’ll be soaking up the sun with plenty of trendy stores, restaurants and accommodation around. This is our complete guide to North Shore wedding venues. If you’re after it, check out our list of Kumeu Valley and Matakana wedding venues.
The Officer’s Mess
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Combining history with inspired views is The Officer’s Mess. Resting on a hill, this North Shore wedding venue is located in Fort Takapuna, only fifteen minutes from Auckland Central. You’ll find that it offers stunning views of the ocean and Rangitoto. They have a series of spaces indoors and outdoors for your North Shore wedding, making planning a cinch. Facilities include world-class catering options, plenty of nearby parking, on-site wedding coordination via their talented team and some built-in venue hire items, such as glassware, cutlery and more. The Officer’s Mess also offers the option of holding your ceremony at the reserve or beach below (granted that you have a permit from the Department of Conservation), returning to them for dinner and drinks. Hosting up to 160 guests, this North Shore wedding venue is a treat for everyone, featuring a boutique setting that will leave you breathless.
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Find The Wharf beneath native Pohutukawa trees and right beside the Waitematā Harbour’s serene waters. This North Shore wedding venue claims the rights to Auckland’s most photogenic wedding venue - and they might just be right. They bring you stunning views of the water and glittering cityscape, combined with elegant spaces for you to drink it all in. Choose between Grand View, Harbour Lounge, Harbour Terrace and The Pearl as you plan your North Shore wedding. Each room sports a different atmosphere and capacity, allowing both intimate and grand weddings. The dedicated staff at The Wharf are here to help you plan, organise, and manage your wedding from day one. Additionally, they provide catering options, from set menus to something more bespoke. This is a North Shore wedding venue that blends modern surroundings with timeless beauty.
St. Leonards Chapel and Gardens
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Glimpsed through the pohutukawas of The Wilson Home Trust is t. Leonards Chapel and Gardens. This North Shore wedding venue is a traditional and classy choice for your special day. It boasts award-winning architecture with a steeply pitched copper roof hovering above the glass sidewalls. These transparent walls allow floods of natural light, dappling in through the leaves and greenery all around. Dreamy, private and available for your big day, this North Shore wedding venue isn’t to be missed. The gardens at St. Leonards Chapel feature immaculate lawns, a fountain, sunken garden, rose gardens and petanque court. You’re welcome to hire out both the chapel and gardens for your day. Filled with photo opportunities and surrounded by nature, St. Leonards Chapel and Gardens is a favourite amongst North Shore wedding venues. Additionally, all profits support The Wilson Home Trust for Children with Physical Disabilities.
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Million-dollar views and diamond smiles all around at Five Knots. They’re Auckland’s best-kept secret, with an unparalleled level of attention to detail regarding events. Your North Shore wedding is about to be the talk of the town when you host it at Five Knots. They have a duo of function spaces. The first is the Commodores Lounge, with 180-degree views of the ocean, floods of natural light, flexible layouts and a capacity of 120 guests. The second is the Five Knots Room, with neutral décor, a high-framed ceiling, a mezzanine floor with a private balcony, enormous windows to let in the sun, and a capacity of 120 guests. How will you ever pick between them? Design your dream day at this North Shore wedding down to the very last detail, thanks to their event experts on hand. Being part of the Joylab Group, Five Knots knows how to go above and beyond for catering. You can expect nothing but the best at your North Shore wedding, taken care of from top to bottom, thanks to their keen eye.
Fairway Events Centre
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They’ve got over two decades of experience under their belts - and they operate like that - at Fairway Events Centre. Your North Shore wedding can be a seamless affair with their seasoned team, ready to help you organise everything from styling to catering. They combine affordability with elegance, hosting wedding receptions for 70 to 170 guests. Fairway Events Centre has a range of wedding packages to make putting your event together even simpler. They have incredible on-site catering, plenty of parking, a fully licensed bar, and gorgeous views of the Takapuna Golf Course. This is a North Shore wedding venue that prides itself on its adaptability and plethora of superb facilities. It is a convenient and all-inclusive North Shore wedding venue that is sure to delight only a few minutes from Auckland Central.
Milford Cruising Club
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Established in 1923, Milford Cruising Club is an exclusive North Shore wedding venue for hire. Their clubhouse is set amongst the Pōhutukawa trees at Milford Reserve and is as tranquil as they come. Choose between their main function room, with a sun-soaked deck and peaceful views, and The Wairau Room for something quainter and smaller. The primary function room at Milford Cruising Club can accommodate up to 250 guests, making it the perfect pick for grand weddings. On the other hand, the Wairau Room caters for up to 20, leaning towards micro weddings and other cosy celebrations. Milford Cruising Club also boasts a professional in-house catering team, Anise Catering. Whether it’s a set menu, canapés or something entirely bespoke, they’ll put together the perfect menu for you. Have the time of your life at this North Shore wedding venue, poised to make your big day unforgettable.
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The award-winning Warblers Retreat is exactly the North Shore wedding venue for you. Surround yourself with birdsong and flourishing greenery in the privacy of their bespoke space. Everything you need and more is available on-site, with a distinct focus on minimising waste and using natural materials. Warblers Retreat is a North Shore wedding venue that specialises in hosting eco weddings. They offer a variety of packages to suit your big day, including registry weddings, glamping, weekend-long weddings and more. At Warblers Retreat, even your celebrant is all taken care of. The Lodge has a tailored wedding pergola for your ceremony; your reception will take place at the Canopy, a unique all-weather space; the lush gardens all around are ideal for lawn games, photography and more. They even have accommodation for up to 8 lucky guests. You can have the luxe North Shore wedding you’ve imagined at Warblers Retreat.
McHugh’s of Cheltenham
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McHugh’s of Cheltenham begins with a rich history. Over a century ago, this North Shore wedding venue started in 1913 as a tearoom, offering jazz, dance, silent movie projections, political gatherings and more. It’s fair to say it’s seen the full spectrum when it comes to events and celebrations. Now you have the chance to add your wedding to its colourful history. Currently, it is one of North Shore’s best wedding and function venues, with an experienced owner at the helm. The friendly team at McHugh’s of Cheltenham will help to plan everything you require for your big day. This includes catering, entertainment, styling and more. This North Shore wedding venue is fully licensed, hosting 50 to 180 guests, so you can have as intimate or as glitzy of a wedding as you please. Sublime views of Rangitoto, North Head and the Waitematā Harbour make this North Shore wedding venue one of the best.
Takapuna Boating Club
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Golden dunes and picturesque beaches all the way. Takapuna Boating Club is here to bring you a North Shore wedding venue for the ages. Close enough to the action but still relatively private, they embrace laidback vibes and host all sorts of celebrations. There is plenty of on-site parking, and their spaces offer endless flexibility when it comes to your big day. Choose between their Top Deck and Main Deck. The former is found amongst the pohutukawa trees with 270-degree views of the Hauraki Gulf and Takapuna reserve, more intimate than its sister. It has a private bar, audiovisual supplies, wheelchair access and hosts up to 60 guests. The latter is a massive function room with floor to ceiling windows, letting in swathes of sunlight and the sea breeze. It has a private deck, bar, audiovisual supplies, lift access and hosts 120 guests. Aiming to be a North Shore wedding venue that is both economical and stylish, Takapuna Boating Club’s leisurely atmosphere is a huge selling point for all celebrations.