Top 10 Most Photogenic Venues in Auckland
— By Luke Ellery
03 February 2019
So you have had your engagement shoot at one of the amazing natural or urban backdrops that New Zealand has on offer. How can you possibly ensure that your wedding photos will be as good?
Auckland has a number of stunning venues to hostyour wedding, some with a cute rustic charm, others with European elegance, and some with architectural grandeur as epic as New Zealand’s cyclopean landscape. Below is a list of 10 options for a venue that will look almost as beautiful as you in the wedding photos – all confirmed by our generous contributing photographers.
Wineries provide countless spaces for you to take photos such as barrel/cellar rooms, courtyards, and beautiful vineyards. Ascension also has a great restaurant, so you can have a delicious meal before or after the shoot. During the day, you can always find the sun, but at night, the lights glow setting an elegant and enchanting tone.
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The Museum has always been an icon of Auckland City. We've all been there, and we have all been inspired by its grandeur. To have a wedding there is special indeed. The rich history that fills the halls of the Museum seems to project a sense of prestige and respect. The eight ionic columns that tower over a grand staircase taking you into the Museum's beautiful atrium is an image many Aucklander's have imprinted in their minds. Which is why, no doubt, it is such a popular location for wedding photos.
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A beautiful olive grove, and one of Metro’s Top 50 restaurants, Bracu is a stunning place to host your wedding. Nestled in a beautiful Mediterranean style garden, their elegantly constructed pavilion looks great in photos. With rich dark olive trees as your wedding backdrop, the photos will look like they were taken in an entirely different part of the world.
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Located on the edge of awe-inspiring ocean-facing cliffs, Castaways Resort ticks all the boxes for a wedding, including on-site accommodation for up to 80 guests. The beautiful New Zealand natural landscape is always stunning in wedding photos. It will look like you're having a beach wedding except with ten times more luxurious.
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One of Auckland's most beautiful rural vineyard estates, Goldie offers rolling hills lined neatly with rich green vines. It is the dream venue for an outdoor ceremony. Many weddings here have famously been performed in front of Goldie Estate's iconic tree. The tree is a symbol of strength, longevity, and life - what else could be more appropriate for a wedding ceremony? Don't worry, even if you're having a winter wedding, Goldie Estate has plenty of covered space that can be beautifully decorated to suit your style.
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Sculptureum is a full-service wedding venue. So, when it was designed, things like photogenic potential was something that needed to be considered – boy did Sculptureum exceed expectations! The entire complex contains six art galleries and three sculpture gardens, so there is certainly no shortage of visuals. The well-manicured landscape looks clean and thriving in wedding photos; handy pathways through the gardens make it easy to get around the estate to locate any hidden gems to be your photo backdrops.
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540 acres of rural New Zealand farmland with an adorable farm-house. Jonkers Farm is great for a rustic wedding. The vast range of natural terrain makes for a unique set of wedding photos. It is damn near impossible to take a bad photo of this place. Jonkers farm is such a hidden gem. It's not the most well-known wedding venue, but if you're lucky enough to book it, you will not be disappointed.
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Markovina Vineyard Estate
There is a number of spots around Markovina where you can take beautiful wedding shots. Long grass and old trees make for natural, Secret-Garden-like imagery. It is also home to the cutest little couple's swing you will ever see, which is not only fun, but it makes for some dreamy content when it comes to your wedding photos.
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Located on Waiheke Island, Mudbrick is a distinguished Kiwi vineyard estate. This venue provides award-winning cuisine and epic views over the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke Island is only a 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland CBD. Its luxury vintage architecture and decor give off a hopelessly romantic vibe. Pro tip: the terrace is one of Waiheke's most photographed spots, so make sure you get some photos taken from there on your wedding day.
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Settlers Country Manor
With blazing outdoor fires and wooden framed buildings, Settlers is the perfect vintage/rustic wedding location. It’s great for summer weddings with its vast expanse of beautifully kept gardens, but also winter weddings with the stunning indoor reception area. Bridges and carriage-wheel garden sculptures are scattered around the estate. Bonus fact: a large portion of the reviews on Settlers highly praise the quality of the catering; the food here is of the kind that your guests will never forget.
A modern European restaurant with a Kiwi twist, The General is located in the historic General Building on Shortland Street. This elegant space is filled with dark, rich colours, beautiful marble floors, archways, wooden furniture, and grand chandeliers. The General is the ideal venue for a classic luxury wedding. Its position in the heart of Auckland central means it is easy for your guests to find. The variety of food and drink will also contribute to an unforgettable experience.
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This brand new venue in Auckland opened in 2019, and it has made quite an impact on the wedding industry. It marries chic industrial style with idyllic greenery to create an urban oasis – a jaw-dropping setting for your wedding photos. Because the venue is still so new, Glasshouse hasn't been able to host many weddings. You could be among the first to showcase just how photogenic this venue can be.
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