3 August 2020

Getting married in Tauranga or the Bay of Plenty? Looking for a handy guide to all the Tauranga wedding venue and  Keen for some inspiration of where you might consider for the ceremony wedding venue or reception or both?  While there are so many options for where you can get married / party - restaurants, community halls,  backyards, churches, public buildings and gardens - it can be handy to have a list all in one place of the major venues. I've picked out some of my favourites and given you a mini photo tour just for fun...





#1 - The Black Walnut 

One of the Bay of Plenty's lovely additions to its wedding venue line up, the Black Walnut is a charming and elegant venue set just between Omokoroa and Kaitikati. The Black Walnut has everything you need from the reception room, to the glass chapel, to a few expanses of lawn to choose from for outdoor ceremonies, and is just so lovely and elegant you won't need to do much else to it. The glass chapel is particularly gorgeous, but I really love how the whole place is so well laid out for flow, and has so many lovely nooks and crannies, woodlands, kitchen gardens, river walks, for guests to explore and wander around with a drink.

#2 - The Elms Te Papa Tauranga

A bit of a classic, this heritage spot hidden away above Tauranga’s major traffic arteries (and yet surprisingly tranquil) links back to the city’s early settler days. It has its own chapel, a lovely old Georgian house, and multiple lawns for outdoor ceremonies.

#3 - Robbins Park

A bit of an outlier on the list - a lot of locals wouldn't even be able to tell you its name, but if you're looking for something a bit different, and you've got some imagination to pull together something outside of the box, then Robbins Park could be a contender! You'll find Robbins Park just a bit further on from The Elms, set high above the northern edge of Tauranga CBD, looking back over the railway and harbor bridge. It has its own bowls/vintage car club to the north, a rose garden, tropical display house and maybe I'm biased as I had my own wedding photos taken here (a looong time ago!) but I think its elevation and quirkiness gives it a really unique vibe. See Tauranga Council’s webpage for more details. 

Handy links for Tauranga Weddings

If you're not familiar with the region, or thinking about how to introduce your guests to what the region has on offer, here are some handy links!

1. Official Region Website

2. Most epic short walk in New Zealand - the Mount base track

3. Airbnbs in Tauranga

4 Favourite waterfront fish and chips joint