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Just 35 minutes from Auckland city by ferry, in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf, lies beautiful Waiheke Island. Waiheke is famous for its golden sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, creative community and award-winning vineyards. It's also popular as a wedding destination.
Wondering where to get married on Waiheke? Many couples choose a Waiheke vineyard, which can provide a stunning backdrop to your wedding ceremony and photoshoot – and many also function as wedding reception venues.
When it comes to choosing a Waiheke wedding venue, the only limit is your imagination. If you are looking for a casual wedding venue, a Waiheke beach wedding could work for you. Onetangi, Palm Beach, Oneroa and Little Oneroa are all popular spots, while Man O’War Bay and Garden Cove offer more secluded ceremony locations.
Many Waiheke vineyards offer set wedding packages – you can hold your wedding ceremony amongst the vines or on a cliff by the sea, and then have your reception at the vineyard restaurant including delicious local wines. Some of these venues are among the top wedding venues in Auckland.
When it comes to finding services and vendors for your Waiheke wedding, you can choose someone based on the island, from celebrants and wedding planners to wedding photographers, cake makers and makeup artists – or if you’d prefer, you could find vendors who will travel to Waiheke for your wedding. And if you're planning to book accommodation on Waiheke there are options for every budget. You could stay in a quaint old Kiwi ‘bach’ or choose a luxury lodge - it's up to you.
Another option for your Waiheke wedding reception is a Hauraki Blue wedding cruise. With room for 110 guests on board and 60 guests overnight, you could choose to have your wedding ceremony at a Waiheke vineyard, then hold your wedding reception on board the ship.
Alternatively, have your wedding ceremony and reception on Waiheke, then step on board and let Hauraki Blue provide your wedding night accommodation. You'll be whisked away after the reception for a peaceful night at sea. In the morning, you can wake to the stunning views from your ocean view cabin with full ensuite, then enjoy a leisurely breakfast with your family and friends before returning to shore. This is a truly unique Waiheke accommodation option!
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