Matakana Wedding Venues
— By Raashka Mannie
25 November 2021
Country charm is a hop and a skip away at Matakana, AKA the cosiest town around.
Rolling hills, green pastures, blue skies, and sandy beaches - Matakana has it all. With a population of around 500 people, give or take, this small town is exactly as it appears to be. Warkworth is just around the corner, as well as Leigh, Omaha and Snells Beach. You’re wrapped in Kiwi destinations that will add a whole new level to your wedding. As you plan your big day, these are the Matakana wedding venues you simply have to consider. Dotted here, there and everywhere, these locations boast serene views and fresh air. It’ll be the perfect spot for your perfect day. If you’re after it, check out our list of Kumeu Valley and North Shore wedding venues.
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You’ll be singing all day and all night at Songbird Retreat. Whether it’s their emerald lawn, rose arbour walkway or ceremonial terrace, you’re flooded with both natural light and options for your Matakana wedding venue. They embrace nature at this wedding venue, with lily ponds, irises, flourishing wildlife and a tranquil setting. Your big day will take place in the centre of serenity with this Matakana wedding venue. Spanning 4.5 acres, their facilities include marquee sites, a helipad, self-catering accommodation for up to 6 guests, as well as additional storage and catering facilities. Hosting up to 150 guests, Songbird Retreat is a Matakana wedding venue that outdoes itself in a display of flora and fauna. This bespoke and boutique wedding venue offers complete wedding packages to make planning your big day a breeze.
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Plume is a scenic drive from Auckland, found in the Matakana wine region that we love to love. This Matakana wedding venue has on-site catering, tons of natural light and private spaces for your upcoming wedding. Choose between their Rengarenga Room, Wine Library and Main Restaurant for your reception, ceremony and more, hosting your entire big day in the comfort of their sublime space. Featuring impeccable service and an eye for detail, Plume is dedicated to hosting incredible weddings, engagements and other celebrations for up to 180 guests. You’ll find that they’re conveniently located, moments away from shopping districts, the beach and accommodation, making this one of Matakana’s most fabulous wedding venue options.
The Stables Matakana
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Modern and stylish but filled with a country atmosphere, The Stables Matakana has plenty of rustic charm for weddings and events. They offer local wine and cuisine, craft beers, and reliable countryside hospitality - the main ingredients to a wondrous wedding. The vast amount of open air leaves you with plenty of options for choosing ceremony and reception locations. If you choose to have your Matakana wedding outside, large glass doors create an easy indoor-outdoor flow back into the main restaurant for your reception. Catering for up to 200 guests, The Stables Matakana offers on-site catering, audiovisual supplies and assistance, as well as a professional and helpful team at your side. This Matakana wedding venue is a favourite amongst romantics and locals with good reason.
Woodhouse Mountain Lodge
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Find Woodhouse Mountain Lodge on 100 acres of sprawling, private land. Their Kourawhero Estate is just outside of Auckland, with views of the glittering Hauraki Gulf. Full of dreamy views 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 Matakana 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 Matakana wedding venue is the cream of the crop when it comes to exclusivity.
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A coastal wedding venue that encompasses the atmosphere of Matakana, Leigh Central brings you an escape from city life. They have a duo of spaces to choose from: the Courtyard Lounge (30 guests) and the much larger Seaview room (up to 150). Both of these rooms can be configured to suit any type of wedding, from intimate to large. Leigh Central also features a full-size commercial kitchen, 2 bars, a deck and lawn with beautiful sea views, and a private, walled courtyard. As a Matakana wedding venue, it leans towards a more casual function. You’ll find yourself lulled into their laidback ambience, surrounded by lapping waves and the sunset.
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Let’s take art to a new level at Sculptureum. This Matakana wedding venue is here to offer itself as an extraordinary and unusual space. Primarily a fine art venue, Sculptureum combines the love of life and art with the love of events. It has three remarkable sculpture gardens and six art galleries packed into airy land, with views overlooking Little Barrier Island. The founder of the Sculptureum, Anthony Grant, has spent a decade collecting artwork from around the world. The Miro Room is the designated event space within Sculptureum, a blank canvas on which you can imprint your vision. This Matakana wedding venue can accommodate up to 200 of your lucky guests. It boasts delicious on-site catering options, with set menus, canapés and buffets on the table. Your wedding will take place in a larger-than-life gallery - how fitting.
Mahurangi West Hall
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Mahurangi West Hall is, as they say, a slice of paradise. This Matakana wedding venue is said to be the oldest school in Northland in its original site. Currently managed and restored by the community, it is now a space for functions and celebrations. Featuring a dedicated marquee space on its smooth lawns, it operates as both an indoor and outdoor Matakana wedding venue. Perfect for micro weddings and elopements, it caters for up to 30 guests - a little more if you’re going for something less formal. Mahurangi West Hall’s kitchen has been finished with a large stainless bench and other modern accompaniments to make your caterer’s job as seamless as possible. For a more extensive outdoor wedding, you and your guests can sprawl onto the grounds beneath a marquee and the moonlight.
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Travel along the coast and find yourself at Matakana Botanicals, bursting with all the charm you could want. An ideal escape from the hustle and bustle, this Matakana wedding venue is here to bring you repose. Relax at the farmer’s market, stroll along the beaches and unwind with local wines. What better place for a celebration? Whether you’re after a standalone venue or a whole package, Matakana Botanicals can make your desires come true. Their on-site wedding manager will help with everything you need. Expand into a marquee on their green lawns or enjoy an indoor wedding. Their function space has a contemporary yet cosy feel, as a new-age barn with natural timber cathedral ceiling and polished concrete floors. Exclusively available for a limited number of evenings each year, your Matakana wedding will be the talk of the town.
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It’s time for you to have the rural wedding you’ve been dreaming of at Boutique Barn. Quaint, cute and curated to your tastes, Boutique Barn is a collection of tiny kauri barns that fit the backdrop of every Matakana wedding. Most ideal for micro weddings of up to 50 guests, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking foliage in the heart of nature. The barns themselves sport aged, red paint and wide kauri floorboards with glittering chandeliers. Rustic beauty meets touches of grandeur that are sure to awe you and your loved ones. Boutique Barn offers vintage props, furniture, and glassware are available for hire. When it comes to larger details, such as catering and entertainment, you’re free to consult their helpful team or bring in your own talent. It’s your day, your way with this Matakana wedding venue.
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A glimmering gem when it comes to Mataka wedding venues is Matakana Estate. Found on its coast, this luxe space features the best of the town: fine wines, superb dining, colourful markets and sun-soaked beaches. If you’re planning a getaway wedding, this is the spot. As the largest winery in the area, Matakana Estate spans 35 hectares. They’re beloved for their award-winning boutique wines. As a Matakana wedding venue, they boast vineyard accommodation, wine tastings, incredible catering options and multiple spaces for your big day. From their enchanted forest to their immaculate lawns, Matakana Estate has a host of locations for your ceremony, reception, dance floor and more. Their comprehensive wedding package runs the full gamut of facilities, including beverages, marquee hire, and more.
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If you’re keen on doing it all and bringing it all on your own terms, The Woolshed is for you. This Matakana wedding venue is the epitome of DIY and BYO. You have complete control over styling, theming, catering, beverages and more. Rustic and cosy, they specialise in hosting events and celebrations, with a particular fondness for weddings. You can dress up their barn, string lights from the rafters and play lawn games with your guests. The Woolshed prides itself on its adaptability to weddings of every kind. You can host a vintage or modern affair at this Matakana wedding venue, just an hour’s drive from Auckland CBD.
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Dating all the way back to 1895, St Andrew’s is a traditional Matakana wedding venue option. This stunning building is filled with history. Designed mostly from Kauri, it has a distinctly Gothic style that injects a new level of elegance into every celebration. To this day, it still features original kauri pews and a modified kauri pulpit. Hosting up to 120 guests, this Matakana wedding venue is predominantly hired for ceremonies and family events. With a warm atmosphere and tons of natural light, it makes for an ideal space with a more conventional charm. If you feel like pulling out all the stops, you can hire out their Horse Drawn Carriage to deliver you and your partner to St Andrew’s. That’s definitely one way to make an entrance!
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Your dreams will spring to life at Tawharanui Lodge. The team at this Matakana wedding venue has one goal: making sure that your day is perfect for you. An hour from Auckland and only ten minutes from both Omaha Beach and Matakana Village, this is a getaway venue that has it all. Framed by manicured grounds and just moments from Tawharanui Beach, this Matakana wedding venue offers a plethora of spaces for your ceremony and reception. Add on wedding planning, organisation, entertainment, music, catering and accommodation. Whether it’s finding the perfect florist or hairstylist, Tawharanui Lodge has you covered. They are an all-inclusive wedding venue that believes in flexibility and convenience. Their range of wedding packages works for intimate and larger celebrations, ensuring that you receive only the best of the best as you plan your special day.
144 on Jones
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Sunlight dappling through towering trees onto verdant lawns and flower-filled hedges is the perfect setting for saying ‘I do.’ 144 on Jones, a Matakana wedding venue specialising in ceremonies, knows that. They boast on-site accommodation, a space for brides, grooms and couples to get ready for the big moment, and a host of ceremony spots throughout the property. It’s romantic and sunlit, surrounded by greenery and blooms. You can set up your ceremony space against a natural backdrop, take gorgeous photos and toast to your joy. 144 on Jones has a wedding package that includes bridal prep, hire of a ceremony space, a celebrant and accommodation. If you’re after a simple yet classy Matakana wedding venue, look no further.
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Beachside weddings are the best weddings - so says Pakiri Beach, and with good reason. Lapping water, white sands and tons of space makes this Matakana wedding venue one of the best by far. Have your ceremony on the sand, park, or Pakiri Church, a cute country chapel built in 1926. When it comes to accommodation for you and some lucky guests, Pakiri Beach also offers beachfront cottages, glamping tents, cabins and more. The team at this Matakana wedding are more than qualified when it comes to planning your big day, taking care of all the fine details. They make use of the trusty local businesses to sure up divine catering, characterful styling and more. At Pakiri Beach, you’re treated to the best of beachside bliss.
Matakana wedding accommodation
We know Matakana is an ideal getaway. Whether it’s for a honeymoon, travellers from far and wide, a little treat before, after or during the big day, finding somewhere that allows you to rest to your heart’s content is all too necessary. Thankfully, we’ve got some fantastic accommodation options for you to browse through as you consider your Matakana wedding venue. Why not make it a weekend affair? Or, better yet, a beachy honeymoon stay? These Matakana accommodation options are some local favourites.
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For a more classic wedding accommodation option, Omaha Classic is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom property that lends itself to unwinding. Have a casual gathering between a handful of your loved ones before your big day or after it. If you want to keep things private, you can simply relax with your partner. With an open plan, spacious deck, large front lawn and close proximity to local shops, restaurants and sites, this wedding accommodation is right up the alley of a couple looking to take it easy.
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Bigger celebrations mean bigger spaces. Ultimate Omaha caters to just that. Four bedrooms, two bathrooms, complimentary WiFi and room for up to 10 guests make this a more significant wedding accommodation choice. You can dress up and dress down at this stunning property, kitted out with everything you need and more. Get competitive over table tennis, chat in the rumpus room or take the bikes or kayaks out for a spin. The beach is moments away from your doorstep. You’ll be soaking up the rays with this wedding accommodation, designed for comfort.
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Sail away with the Ocean Escape, seconds from the water and a myriad of cafes, restaurants, shops and more. Featuring four bedrooms, three bathrooms and unparalleled views, this is wedding accommodation option is as dreamy as it gets. Contemporary design meets laidback Kiwi vibes, with plenty of space for extended family and loved ones. Perfect for up to 6 guests, this is ideal for medium-sized parties before, after or during the big day.
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