If you’ve just started wedding planning and you want to get married near Auckland, one of Kumeu’s beautiful wedding venues may be just the place. Home to some of my favourite vineyards and garden venues, Kumeu also has ample accommodation options and boasts cheaper out-of-Auckland prices which will please both you and your guests.
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I hope that you have a draft guest list in mind and you’ve started your wedding budget before you begin searching for your wedding ceremony and reception venues. They will probably be the biggest cost for your wedding, and will largely be determined by your number of guests, and how much you want to spend.
1. Gracehill Vineyard Estate
One of our favourites, Gracehill Vineyard Estate it’s in equal parts unbelievable for its stunning situ and its remarkable affordability. Panoramic lake views and lush green manicured gardens, with a price-point that leaves nothing to be desired.
Gracehill has partnered with our sister-site Something Blue, so if you mention that you were referred by Something Blue, you can receive 5% off your total cost.
One of Kumeu’s premium wedding and event spaces, family owned Markovina Vineyard Estate has over 55 years of experience planning weddings and events. Situated on 10 acres of beautiful gardens & water features, the venue has been specifically designed for weddings offering an indoor-outdoor flow in a truly tranquil setting with your dining experience seated indoors under a canopy of vines. Offering five unique ceremony locations and full wet-weather options, a Mt Fuji Cherry Blossom tree (blooming in October), you’ll be spoiled for choice at Markovina.
4. Kumeu Valley
Situated in an idyllic, tranquil valley Kumeu Valley Estate has charm, style and elegance, while also providing modern facilities and impeccable service. As you enter the grounds the first thing you notice are the buildings’ unique style and incredible bell tower, embracing the charm of the classic estate. The high vaulted timber ceilings in warm Macrocarpa present an immediate WOW factor, and moving into the dance hall, the grand wood fire place makes for stunning wet weather option for your ceremony and particularly cosy for a winter wedding.
Soljans Estate Winery is just 20 minutes out of Auckland City but feels like another world. The architecturally designed winery in charming Mediterranean style reflects the Dalmatian heritage of the owners, with Hinuera stone mirroring the traditions of their homeland. They designed the winery specifically with weddings in mind, extensive use of bi-folding cedar doors in the café and function rooms provides the ultimate in indoor/outdoor flow and facilities.
6. The Hunting Lodge
An incredible 80 acre estate, The Hunting Lodge Winery and Restaurant has everything to ensure a beautiful, comfortable and smooth sailing day for up to 250 people. The outdoor courtyard is fitted with a retractable roof and impressive open fireplace, set overlooking the vines Westward to catch the sunset and toast the day’s end – the perfect backdrop for your Big Day.
7. Boathouse at The Riverhead
Plan your Big Day in true kiwi style at The Riverhead. Set amongst our centenarian oak trees, and picturesque gardens we have the quintessential New Zealand view; looking over the water to the rural landscape. The Riverhead promises to make romance bloom by bringing together our tradition of fine food and beverage in a delightful atmosphere.
8. Bridgewater Country Estate
A premier Kumeu wedding venue, Bridgewater Country Estate is nestled amoungst 16 acres of rolling lawns, mature shade trees, native bush and landscaped gardens. With gorgeous pathways, lilly pond, tennis court, pool, dedicated bridal suite and chalet accomodation – a fantastic all-in-one wedding venue option.
9. Flaxmere House
Flaxmere House is a Kumeu wedding venue with luxury accommodation and can comfortably sleep up to 20 people. With competitive wedding packages, Flaxmere House can cover everything you need so you can keep costs down and also enjoy a stress free day
10. Settlers Country Manner
With over 100 years of history, seven acres of breath-taking view and charming vintage interiors, Settlers Country Manor provides a magnificent setting for weddings, events and dining, all year round.