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Honeymoon Venue: Matakauri Lodge

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When considering an overseas honeymoon, the venue selection can be rather harrowing with an entire world to consider. In this post, we've profiled a truly amazing location to inspire your wanderlust. This week’s venue is the breath-taking Matakauri Lodge in Glenorchy, a short drive from Queenstown. The lodge’s view overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains will make you never want to leave this beautiful alpine retreat.

The Matakauri Lodge is nestled in the hillside looking out over 6 Queenstown’s best assets, the lake and mountains. The lodge is less than a 10 minute drive from Queenstown, one of New Zealand’s top tourist destinations. The beauty of this lodge is that it hides away from the hustle and bustle but is close enough to it to enjoy at your own pace.

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The lodge experience is like no other with its world-class dining experience and luxurious accommodation. The main lodge boasts a large stylish lounge, dining and living to relax in. Privacy on a honeymoon is what a couple seeks in a romantic getaway. The lodge offers a private balcony to watch the day turn to dusk in your own room.

The suite comes with a generous bed and sitting area, couple with a fireplace for the wintery cool nights. If you’d prefer to stay in, you can indulge in the over-sized bath in the spacious bathroom. Staying at the lodge, you have everything at your fingertips. Why not book in for a luxurious spa on sunset after warming up in the onsite sauna. On those hot summer days, taking a dip in the infinity swimming can make you feel like you’re on the edge of the world.

Head chef Jonathan Rogers serves seasonal meals with fresh and local produce which can be served in any of the dining areas. Have your choice from homemade pastries or cereals for breakfast, order a packed picnic lunch for your day’s exploring, and make sure to put an order in for a dinner served with local wine.

Matakauri Lodge is only 20 minutes from Queenstown’s international airport. But its proximity to the airport is only one positive of its location. Central Queenstown is a bustling hive of bars, restaurants and shops. Glenorchy is a small town in a remote area at the head of the lake. The area offers fantastic day walks across the plains and valleys.
Other closeby towns include Wanaka, Arrowtown and Bannockburn where more of Central Otago can be explored.

The alpine nestled Matakauri Lodge is the most spectacular and romantic honeymoon destination making it the ideal getaway for couples who want to relax and enjoy the views from the honeymoons suite, to those who want to come home to a luxurious room after a day of exploring.

Wedding venue: Criffel Station Woolshed, Wanaka

Selecting a venue for your wedding can sometimes be the most difficult decision in the whole the wedding planning process. So, to make your decision that little bit simpler, we present one of our favourite new wedding venues, the rustically beautiful Criffel Station Woolshed.

The Criffel Station Woolshed venue is a romantically relaxed setting among Wanaka’s rolling landscape. The 2000 hectare high country deer farm is only seven kilometres from Wanaka town, but feels like you’re on another world.

The venue offers three idyllic rural venues; Criffel Station Woolshed, Stone Hut Terrace and the 100-year-old Homestead. The Station’s rural charm is the perfect backdrop for a stunningly, memorable wedding. The Woolshed boasts natural charm creating the warmth of a rural, rustic wedding in the heart of Central Otago. The history of the Woolshed has been retained using materials from around the station.

The newly landscaped Stone Hut Terraces is another location option. It’s an area exclusively fenced off - for a marquee - from the working farm that looks out to Mt Barker and across the Wanaka basin. While it is a site purpose built, it keeps in with the natural landscape but includes tended lawns, a gravelled fire pit with outdoor seating. As part of a wedding package, this venue offers a one-night stay at the shearers cottage for the bridal and groom.

When it comes to photography you’ll be spoilt for choice of backdrop. Whether it be in the woolshed among memorabilia or out near the yards. This combined with Wanaka’s renowned dry landscape in the summer or snow-capped mountains in the winter, there will always be the perfect background. Or if you love the rural surroundings but wanting more summer feelings, Lake Wanaka is close by for stunning lakeside photos.

Guests will have the options of various rural-style accommodation. The Gardener’s Cottage are for those we love an authentic experience and to be surrounded by fields where deer roam. Or for those summer wedding, guests can be treated to glamping, tipi-like-bell tents that are reminiscent of vintage safari and summer time.

The end of the wedding day will continue outside on the makeshift dance floor with the live band, or continue indoors. With its rustic country setting, Criffel Station Woolshed is a unique venue for your wedding day. Its various ceremony location and accommodation options, as well as their extra packages, it will ensure a perfect day beyond compare for any couple.