Wedding ceremony at Archangel Vineyard outside Wanaka on a sunny day
wanaka wedding venue terraces non pano3
A bride and groom standing amongst the vines at Archangel vineyard near wanaka
A wedding marquee all set for a wedding at Archangel Vineyard near wanaka
A bride standing between rows of grape vines at archangel vineyard near wanaka
wanaka wedding venue terraces non pano3

Exclusive Wanaka Wedding Venues

Find the perfect venue for your romantic wedding ceremony in Wanaka. Wanaka Unlocked can suit a range of needs for your special day- choose from wedding venues below, available with a range of facilities, capacity limits and scenic views for you and your partner to tie the knot.

Archangel Vineyard

Archangel is an exclusive private venue, set against a stunning backdrop of Central Otago grapes. It is perfect for a wedding or personal celebration and offers flexibility that is only limited by your imagination.

Archangel Vineyard offers different wedding locations to choose from on-site, so you can choose your ceremonial view for your special day. For an intimate event of up to 40 guests, the venue and its terrace are a perfect choice. For larger groups, there is space galore to erect marquees or tepees and make the site your own.

Archangel Vineyard is located only 20 minutes from Wanaka and its stunning Lake.

The mighty Clutha River and the surrounding Southern Alps are its backdrop.

Weddings are therefore amazing outside on blue-sky summer days or next to a roaring fire against the snow-capped mountains of winter.

If you’d like to know more about Archangel Vineyard availability, please get in touch.


Aoturoa (pronounced Ow-tu-roa) is a privately owned luxury lodge, nestled on 50 acres of river flat in the valley between Queenstown and Lake Wanaka on the banks of New Zealand’s 2nd largest river, the Clutha. Meaning ‘World of Light’, Aoturoa is an offering such a unique experience, between comfort and remoteness, As there are mountain views from every luxurious room. Aoturoa offers more than accommodation- with 50 acres to explore, trout & salmon to fish for, and barely a building in sight, it’s the perfect place to unwind.

Aoturoa is a place of extraordinary contrasts in a stimulating landscape. There is so much to explore. It is a photographer’s dream. With Otago’s outstanding food and wine to choose from surrounding Aoturoa, it’s a perfect base to experience the internationally renowned vineyards with cellar door wine tasting.

Cardrona Terraces Lodge

Cardrona Terraces Lodge is a brand-new exclusive luxury lodge set in 50 acres of farm and vineyard 5 mins from Wanaka township. The lodge has been built on eco principles with hypo-allergenic materials of exposed aggregate and copper roofing. The Mission Revival style of architecture draws inspiration from the early Spanish Missions of California which is reflected throughout this most impressive 700sqm eco-friendly lodge or home.

Characteristic similarities include thick masonry walls with arches, enclosed courtyard, entry portal, a large swimming pool and a bell tower to name a few. The romantic mountain views from this rural property are stunning and can be admired from most of the rooms within the property due to the clever design. The beautiful vineyard at the entrance to the venue, combined with the pond enhance the property and create a gorgeous experience either in the sunshine or in the shade of the day. The six king size bedrooms each contain a luxuious full ensuite bathroom. Three bedrooms on the upper level have their own balcony and three on the ground floor open onto the flagstone courtyard which leads to the heated swimming pool and sunbathing area. The pool lies within the most unique rural surrounds, totally private from the outside world.

For your wedding, we can host an intimate event inside for up to 20 guests, or we can erect a marquee outside for up to 250 guests. The sky is really the limit for this large property. Let us know what you want to create, and we will make it happen.

Hawea Hill Top Lodge

Hawea Hill Top Lodge offers a unique and spectacular location to host the ultimate event. Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, corporate event or a family get together, we have all the available contacts and resources to help you to create your dream event or celebration! Situated on 25 acres of land and located high above the shores of Lake Hawea this awe-inspiring home boasts some of the most majestic lake and mountain views within the region. Overlooking Lake Hawea and its surrounding Southern Alps will be a unique experience for your intimate garden event. This property can accommodate up to 12 guests which will allow you to enjoy some quality time with your family and friends.

For an Intimate Event (up to 32 guests):

  • 3-night accommodation for up to 12 in-house guests
  • Full use of the inside & outside of the property
  • Option to use the kitchen in the guest house for catering purposes
  • Two whitewashed timber tables with bench seats (8 per table). Option: adding 2 seats at the end of each table to seat 10 people
  • One solid oak 12-seater table (3×1.4m) with 12 chairs
  • When you host an Intimate event you will have the option to host the dinner in the living room where you will be able to seat up to 32 people.
  • Event cleaning fee included

For a Grand Affair (up to 80 guests):

  • 3-night accommodation for up to 12 in-house guests
  • Full use of the inside & outside of the property utilising the main living area space for dining purposes
  • Option to use the kitchen in the guest house for catering purposes
  • One solid oak 12-seater table (3×1.4m) with 12 chairs located in the living room
  • When you host a Grand Affair event, it is required that an external marquee or tent is erected in the outdoor area.
  • Event cleaning fee included

Wanaka Country Lodge

The Wanaka Country Lodge offers four luxuriously appointed ensuite guestrooms and two private suites, each with their own French doors that open out to an expansive veranda and gardens with magnificent views of the Southern Alps. An on-site helipad provides direct access to many of the South Island’s spectacular ski fields, glaciers and sounds, while a petanque court, croquet lawn, swimming pool and spa pool provide plenty of opportunity for on-site relaxation.

Wanaka Country Lodge offers a full event management service for up to 120 guests, in one of Central Otago’s most glorious locations. The Lodge maintains strong relationships with Wanaka’s best caterers, event planners and photographers and is experienced in hosting stylish and intimate occasions, through great design, innovation and attention to detail. We will organise everything from food and flowers to entertainment and audio-visual. Just leave it to the experts – their top-notch service is second to none. For larger events, a marquee may be erected within the Lodge grounds, while the on-site helipad provides door-to-door access from mountain tops to a marquee, should guests wish to marry on one of Wanaka’s beautiful peaks. Whether it’s an intimate garden wedding or a stylish banquet affair – complete with marquee, lanterns, crisp white linen table cloths, candles, flowers, music and dance floor – Wanaka Country Lodge will ensure that ‘no stone is left unturned’ in delivering an unforgettable event – 100% guaranteed.

The River House

Nestled among native harakeke on the banks of the tranquil Hawea River, The River House Wanaka is a sanctuary to host an unforgettable wedding. Set in lush, established grounds with mountain views, The River House Wanaka provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for your big day.


Wind down the peacefully private auric valley driveway to The River House Wanaka, with its naturally untouched beauty and charm, secluded gardens pathways with small foot bridges, sylvan forest and its very own waterfall stream.

The expansive living and dining areas have a cosy log burner and indoor/outdoor flow that look out to the beautiful river, mountain views and private secluded gardens. The eco blocked Pueblo-esque walls, tiled floors, high exposed wood beam ceilings and frames, clawfoot bathtub and an open air outdoor bath are all incredibly romantic. With 6 bedrooms, there is plenty of space for close friends and family to stay on-site with you.

Adventure and activities are plentiful and accessible – kayak, river raft or helicopter landing. The property also has an established 1.5km private mountain bike trail for your use and an outdoor entertaining area and patio with BBQ facilities.

A wedding in Wanaka…what else…

One of the most important days in your life, most couples want to make it truly memorable- what better way to do that than to assemble family and friends against the stunning backdrop of Lake Wanaka for the perfect wedding.

Wanaka is so stunning, it even attracted All Blacks former captain Richie McCaw for the big day with his lovely wife, Gemma.

Wanaka, in Central Otago, offers the perfect combination to make your special day unforgettable – indeed, your whole holiday – an experience you’ll never forget. Vineyards, mountains, lakes, rivers and rustic woolsheds enhanced by snow, sunshine, autumn colours or spring buds. All the ingredients you’ll need for that perfect photograph.

However, whether you’re eloping with a couple of friends or bringing in everyone your parents ever knew, organising a wedding can be stressful. Especially if your friends – perhaps even yourselves – are travelling halfway around the world.

At Wanaka Unlocked, we have teamed up with the best wedding vendors and services in Wanaka to help make your wedding day really special. We organise your choice of wedding venue to take advantage of our awesome backdrop. But we also organise the caterers, work with your wedding planners, bring in the stylists, photographers, music, sound and lighting. We can even match you with some very gifted local wedding dress designers.

Is your dream wedding photograph on the top of Roy’s Peak? Your helicopter awaits.

The result? There is really only one thing left for you to do- secure the date. For more details about how we can make your wedding day the most memorable day of your life, please get in touch.