Top 10 Most Photogenic Venues in Auckland

By Luke Ellery

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 amazing venues to host your wedding, some with a cute rustic charm, others with a 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.


ASCENSION WINERY

Wineries provide countless spaces for you to take photos such as barrel/cellar rooms, courtyards, and beautiful vineyards. Plus Ascension 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 here. Moreover, at night, the lights glow setting an elegant and enchanting mood. 

Ascension Winery, Auckland, Venue, Weddings

Image by Perspectives

Auckland Museum 

The Museum has always been an icon of Auckland City. We have all been there, 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 8 ionic columns that tower over a grand staricase taking you into the Museum's beautiful atrium is an image we all have imprinted in our minds. Which is why, no doubt, it is such a great location for wedding photos. It also provides a regal set of halls and rooms that make excellent backdrops. 

  Auckland Musuem,venue, wedding

Image by Johanna Mcdonald

BRACU

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 beautifully constructed pavilion looks great in photos. It is such a versatile space, your theme and colour scheme don’t need to change for this venue!

Bracu, weddings, venue, Auckland

Image by Coralee Stone

CASTAWAYS

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’s like having a beach wedding except with 10 times the luxury.

Castaways, Auckland, Weddings, Venue

Image by Coralee Stone

Goldie Estate

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 outside ceremony, and many weddings here have famously been performed in front of Goldie Estate's iconic tree. The tree is a symbol for strength, longevity, and life - where else could you imagine a wedding ceremony to be preformed? 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. 

Goldie Estate, wedding, venue, Auckland

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HOTEL DEBRETT

 Hotel Debrett is a boutique hotel in Auckland’s CBD. Its quirky bright colours are bold and eye-catching in your weddings photos. It is made up of 25 individually designed rooms with bespoke hand woven carpet. Great for a less traditional, modern looking wedding.

Hotel Debrett, Auckland, Wedding, Venue

Image by Perry Trotter Photography

JONKERS FARM

540 acres of rural New Zealand farm land, 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 too, it's not the most common wedding venue but if you're lucky enough to book it you will not be dissapointed. 

Jonkers, Wedding, Venue, Auckland

Images by Perspectives

MARKOVINA VINEYARD ESTATE

There is an endless number of spots around Markovina where you can take beautiful wedding shots. Long grass and old trees make for a great, natural, Secret-Garden-like location. It is also home to the cutest little couples swing you will ever see, which is not only great fun, but it makes for some dreamy subject matter in your photos.

Markovina Vineyard Estate, Auckland, Venue, Weddings

Image by Perry Trotter Photography

mudbrick 

Located on Waiheke Island, Mudbrick is an established 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 AKL CBD. Its luxury vintage architecture and decor gives 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.

Mudbrick, Auckland, Wedding, Venues

Image by Perry Trotter Photography 

SETTLER’S COUNTRY MANOR

Blazing outdoor fires, wooden framed buildings. Settler’s is the perfect vintage/rustic wedding location. It’s great for summer and winter weddings with its vast expanse of beautifully kept gardens, but also a stunning indoor reception area. Bridges and carriage-wheel garden sculptures can be very romantic subject matter in your wedding photos! Bonus fact: a large portion of the reviews on Settler's highly praise the quality of the catering, the food here is of the kind that your guests will never forget.

Settlers, auckland, wedding

Image by Perry Trotter Photography

Wine Chambers

A modern European restaurant with a Kiwi twist, Wine Chambers is Located in the the historic General Buildings on Shortland Street. This elegant space is filled with dark rich colours, beautiful marbel floors, archways, wooden furnitrue and grand chandiliers. This is the ideal venue for a classic-luxury wedding. It's position in the heart of AKL CBD means it is easy to get to for your guests. The numerous food and drink options will also provide an unforgettable experience. 

Wine Chambers, auckland, venue

Image by Perspectives Photo + Cinema


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