Unlike the North Island, where many people think of beaches and vineyards as the most romantic places to get married, the South Island offers a whole new flavor. From mountains, lakes and rivers to more unusual options like getting married in Orana Wildlife Park, there is something to suit every dream and budget. The following places range from popular wedding venues to less well known ones – however, no matter where you choose, your wedding is sure to be memorable.
Orana Wildlife Park, Christchurch
Fancy a wedding in the African wilds but can’t afford to get there? Orana Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Christchurch could be the answer. You can choose your own venue overlooking many of the enclosures in the park, or hold the ceremony at the function centre which overlooks the moat and giraffe enclosure.
The venue can be themed if you wish, and packages can be tailored to fit your perfect wedding idea. Catering is also available to suit all budgets, and personalized park tours can be taken after 5pm.
Flock Hill Lodge, Canterbury
Located just an hour and a half from Christchurch, Flock Hill Lodge (located on working Flock Hill Station) is ideally positioned for visiting friends and relatives in a stunning location. Situated on The Great Alpine Highway, Flock Hill Lodge is the Canterbury high country at its best.
Flock Hill is surrounded by stunning mountains and offers venue hire for weddings as well as accommodation. To add to the experience, the bride and groom can be flown in or out by helicopter.
Stoneridge Estate, Queenstown
The Chapel By The Lake at Stoneridge offers one of the most romantic wedding settings in the South Island. The beautiful stone wedding chapel is situated amongst five hectares of water gardens and looks out over stone ruins, alpine mountains and picturesque Lake Hayes.
Stoneridge offers many different wedding packages (including Heli-weddings!) and has an onsite wedding planner. Luxury accommodation is also available, and Stoneridge is located just minutes from beautiful Queenstown.
Otago Museum, Dunedin
Certainly a unique wedding venue, the Otago Museum offers packages and locations to fit all interests. Choices include getting married in the bright and beautiful atrium, the Discovery World Tropical Forest, or one of the museum’s many galleries such as the Animal Attic or People of the World Gallery.
The museum is a stunningly modern building located in the heart of Dunedin city, and accommodation is plentiful in the immediate area. Weddings can be self catered or catered through the museum’s supplier, and there is a wedding planner on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly.