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If you’ve never been to the region, a weekend getaway with your sweetheart, scouting out vineyards, rustic farm and forest settings, luxury lodges and private properties with breathtaking lake and mountains views is the perfect way to discover your dream wedding location.
A unique outdoor wedding option is to exchange vows on board a heritage yacht or luxury launch as it cruises the sparkling waters of Lake Taupo against the backdrop of the mountains. Many of the scenic cruise operators offer wedding packages and can help you plan your dream day.
Indoor wedding venues include beautiful churches, elegant lakeside hotels, ballrooms, event centres, sports clubs and charming community halls. Many have in-house event planners and catering facilities who can help with your wedding planning.
Te Moenga Lodge offers guests a choice of B&B accommodation- private stand alone chalets with stunning lake views or quiet studio rooms with ensuites. With a hot-tub, outdoor pool and beautiful gardens guests can relax and enjoy a home away from home
Broadlands Lodge is hidden in the beautiful Broadlands Valley, a short 20-minute drive from Taupō or 40 minutes from Rotorua. Broadlands Lodge is a unique wedding or event venue for all seasons, with beautiful spaces for a memorable wedding ceremony, reception and photographs.
This licensed cafe and bar sits right over the lake; in fact the cafe sits over the water itself with panoramic views across the lake. It's a nice place to relax with a coffee, wood fired pizza or even a drink.
Wairakei Resort Taupo is situated in a spectacular geothermal valley, just minutes from Taupo's city centre. Experience the beauty of this region as well as thermally heated pools, six spa pools, a golf course, fitness centre and exceptional cuisine.
Renowned for its luxurious hospitality, Huka Lodge offers 18 Junior Lodge Suites, one Lodge Suite and two exclusive cottages - the Owner's Cottage with four suites and the new two-suite Alan Pye Cottage.
"What are we doing today?" I'm convinced kids think their parents have magical powers - able to conjure up an exciting holiday adventure at a moment's notice.