• Jodie Stuart

Insider's guide to top wedding locations in and around the south of New Zealand

Updated: Sep 1, 2021

Here are some of our favourite venues / locations in and around Queenstown, Wanaka and the south worth checking out...

Our top 10 picks - in no particular order:

  1. Moke Lake, Closeburn

  2. Edgewater, Wanaka

  3. Lakeside, Lake Hawea

  4. The Winehouse, Queenstown

  5. Roys Peak, Wanaka

  6. The Port Molyneux School, Catlins

  7. Earnslaw Burn, Glacier

  8. Skyline, Queenstown

  9. Paradise, Glenorchy

  10. The Remarkables, Queenstown

Moke Lake, Closeburn

Nestled amongst the mountains Moke Lake is a true gem. Located a 30minute scenic drive from Queenstown you wind along a gravel road, through a sheep farm and onto DOC land where you find this stunning remote lake.

Edgewater, Wanaka

Just as its name suggests, this venue is literally located on the edge of the water in idyllic

Wanaka. This top rated venue offers everything from beautiful accommodation, to a lakeside ceremony site and a goregous reception venue.

Lakeside, Lake Hawea

A lake of vivid beauty and mountainous extremes, Lake Hawea is a 15minute drive from

Wanaka. Located beside a sleepy settlement Lake Hawea offers stunning lakeside options for an intimate elopement ceremony.

The Winehouse, Queenstown

The Winehouse is a historic homestead nestled among the vines at the gateway to Gibbston 20 minutes out of Queenstown. It is the perfect romantic location for those wanting a slightly bigger wedding, but keen to still have an intimate feel with spectacular and exclusive views.

Roys Peak, Wanaka

You will 100% feel like you are on top of the world getting married at Roy’s Peak. Access to the ceremony site is allowed only by private helicopter from either Wanaka or Queenstown and offers you breathtaking views of Lake Wanaka and the surrounding mountains.

The Port Molyneux School, Catlins

This historic school has been beautifully restored and is any absolute must see ocean side wedding venue! Nestled in the Catlins, The Port Molyneux School offers historic charm and beautiful, rugged surroundings.

Earnslaw Burn, Glacier

If you want nature at its absolute best, Earnslaw Burn offers you a backdrop of

waterfalls and blue ice tumbling 200m down a glacier rock face for a ceremony site like no other. Access is by helicopter from Queenstown.

Skyline, Queenstown

Ride 450 metres high in the Southern Hemisphere’s steepest cable car and say ‘I Do’ looking out over Lake Wakatipu. Once you step foot into Skyline you’ll very quickly see why this is considered one of Queenstown’s most iconic spots to get married.

Paradise, Glenorchy

If you want to escape to ‘middle earth’ Paradise in Glenorchy is for you! About an hour from Queenstown, this rural and very remote location was the home to many Lord of the Rings scenes and offers forrest, river and mountainous locations like no other.

The Remarkables, Queenstown

Towering over Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables is a large and strikingly beautiful mountain range that you can either fly or drive up for an intimate elopement or for photos after your ceremony.


There are an array of other amazing venues for your wedding ceremony, reception or pre/post events available in the area. For some of the best bars in Queenstown be sure to check out Republic Hospitality Group.

Photo Credit: Kate Roberge Photography

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