Weddings at Pūkaha

Are you passionate about conservation and our natural wildlife? Would you like your wedding or elopement to contribute positively to our forest ecosystem instead of landfills? Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre in the beautiful Tararua/Wairarapa is the wedding venue you have dreamed of.

You and your closest friends and family can celebrate your marriage in our stunning Redwood grove surrounded by native forest and bird song.

All proceeds from your wedding fee contributes to our forest restoration and conservation projects, including the hatching and raising of chicks for release in reserves around New Zealand.

Pūkaha is an intimate, boutique venue that maintains the safety and welfare of the wildlife in the reserve. We have a maximum capacity of 60 people (including wedding party).

Pūkaha is a picturesque two-hour drive north of Wellington, with a variety of wedding party and guest accommodation less than 30 minutes away.

Pūkaha proudly presents various options:

Wedding Package

 

  • Ceremony in the stunning Redwood grove
  • Indoor reception in the Huia Room (also poor weather ceremony location)
  • 60 people (including wedding party)
  • Wedding couple plus 2 bridesmaids, 2 groomsmen, total wedding party size of 6 (or any combination)
  • Accommodation for up to 8 people for 2 nights at Mount Bruce Lodge
  • Canapes, entrée, main and dessert
  • Crockery, cutlery, glassware, linen
  • Tables, chairs
  • Celebrant
  • Photographer for 6 hours
  • Classic two tier wedding cake
  • Flowers: bride bouquet, 2 bridesmaid bouquets, 3 buttonholes, table centrepieces
  • Hair and makeup for bride and bridesmaids
  • Classic venue styling
  • Venue coordinator and onsite security

Venue Hire

 

  • Ceremony in the stunning Redwood grove
  • Includes seating for 20 people and natural forest ambiance
  • Indoor reception in the Huia Room (also poor weather ceremony location)
  • Includes crockery, cutlery, glassware, tables, chairs, linen for up to 60 people
  • Up to 60 people (including wedding party)
  • Classic venue styling
  • Venue coordinator and onsite security

Elopement Package

 

  • Ceremony in the stunning Redwood grove or other forest location for 2-8 people (rain, hail or shine!)
  • Intimate reception
  • 2-8 people (including wedding party)
  • Accommodation for 2 people for 2 nights at Mount Bruce Lodge
  • Entrée, main and dessert, bottle of local sparkling wine
  • Classic mini wedding cake
  • Crockery, cutlery, glassware, linen
  • Table, chairs
  • Classic styling
  • Celebrant
  • Photographer for 3 hours
  • Flowers: bride bouquet, 1 buttonhole, table centrepiece (or combination as required)
  • Hair and makeup for bride
  • Venue coordinator

Ceremony Hire

 

  • Ceremony in the stunning Redwood grove
  • Celebrant
  • Includes seating for 60 people and natural forest ambiance
  • Up to 60 people (including wedding party)
  • Venue coordinator

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