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New Zealand Destination wedding

Well it’s a no brainer to have me help you plan your destination wedding from here in the USA (where I am based) or anywhere else in the world to New Zealand, as it’s my homeland and I go home a lot.  All the pics here were taken by me in the last year when i travelled back 3 times.  So if you like anything you see and the options are huge, then this is the place for you.  New Zealand is made up of islands, 2 being very big, so the ocean is always close if you are looking for a beautiful ocean backdrop wedding celebration.

Then beautiful countryside is everywhere also!!

Rivers and streams (normally cold) and lots of native bush/ferns

This is the Huka River

Above is the Huka Lodge a beautiful resort, very private, that you can have your high end intimate celebration at and take over the resort.  The food and service is exceptional, ask all the celebrities that stay there!!  Get married next to the river, cocktails on the lawn then a beautiful dinner made with all farm to table wonderful tasting fresh NZ food.

Above is a lovely resort in a wine country area, again perfect for a destination wedding and a great starting point for people to leave from to go to wherever they want to travel after the wedding.

Between the food and the scenery you will never want to leave!!

This was my nephews wedding ceremony location on the grounds of his lovely wife’s family holiday home on the banks of a river, not far from the ocean.  Beautiful

A very cool restaurant in Taupo where they made the chandeliers out of bottles, food was excellent, and we could buy this out and have a great wedding celebration here, after the ceremony with Lake Taupo in the background with further behind a ski mountain and an active volcano!!!

This was a wedding I stumbled upon by Lake Taupo, read the menu, talk about personal touches!!

The wedding by the lake ended with an amazing fireworks show that went on for a good 15 mins!!

Everywhere you go there are sheep, lol, and lovely cafes in the countryside where you can stop and have some really good food.  It’s a thing there to stop and have coffee/tea and something to eat, many times a day!!

The pics above are in Wellington the capital city, sitting on a beautiful harbor, some great fancy hotels and lots of normal hotels/accommodations to suit your guests budgets/style, and lots of options for wedding ceremony and then where to party after.

The 2 pics above are a small resort sitting on Lake Taupo which has about 14 units, all with kitchens/lounge+dining areas and 2 bedrooms, so can sleep up to 8 in each, so if you had a group of 80-100 coming over you could take over this resort, have the ceremony on the lawn right there or elsewhere in the area and then head to where the reception is going to be, and then the next day its the perfect place to just relax and talk about the goings on from last night.  We did my daughter’s 21st here and had about 5 of the units and it was fabulous.

This pic above is from the hotel i stayed at in Auckland and the view of the Auckland Harbor bridge and Auckland city from the unit.  Its a big city, lots of great places to explore and many many options for wedding celebrations.

Or you could have everyone stay in Auckland city, or on Waiheke Island, which sits in the middle of Auckland harbor, where there are lots of wineries and perfect locations for weddings, it is very popular with the kiwis.

The pic with 2 of us having a nice drink at one of the wineries on Waiheke, has me and the beautiful Trish Peng, NZ’s top bridal gown designer who sells her gorgeous gowns all over the world.  She has them here in LA which is where/how I met her and a beautiful salon in Auckland.

This is a brand new rooftop bar, a gin bar in Auckland, views are great and the gin drinks even better!!   So many options in NZ for an intimate group or bigger group to join you for your destination wedding somewhere there, let me plan the wedding with you, and my travel partner can arrange all the air/hotel/transport and group excursions for us.  Or if you are just looking for a honeymoon or vacation to be setup for you, let me know and I will intro you to my peeps who handle travel/trips downunder.  Just as an fyi, i stopover when i fly back and forth, either in Hawaii, Fiji or Tahiti, and sometimes stop in Melbourne or Sydney, so your guests can spend as much time in NZ after or before the wedding and add another stopover if they want.  Its a night flight down, you get on the plane around 11pm, dinner, 3 movies, some sleep, wake up to breakfast and around 9am you are there, and i have paid as little as $700 return with a stopover in Fiji, so it doesn’t have to be anymore than to go to Europe or the Caribbean!!

Till next time, Ki ora



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