Weddings at Staglands

For a wedding with a difference!

Whether you wish to have an intimate wedding ceremony in The Settlement Church, a rustic reception in The Barn, or simply the chance to take some wonderful photo's in an idyllic location, Staglands Wildlife Reserve is the perfect venue to suit your needs.

Download our Staglands Weddings and Civil Unions PDF

Feel free to visit the Reserve to see if our venue is right for you!

Wedding Ceremonies

Staglands is wonderful destination for a wedding ceremony. Your ceremony can be held in either The Settlement Church or, weather permitting, The Picnic Area, an idyllic outdoor location on the banks of the Akatarawa river.

Wedding Ceremony Price:

$1,000 for up to 80 guests (including wedding party)

80+ guests by negotiation

Price includes:

Admission into The Reserve for up to 80 guests plus up to 2½ hours location usage.

Seating for up to 80 guests plus a table for signing The Register and decorative seasonal flowers.

Canapes & Bubbles

Top off your memorable day with an additional 1 hour post-ceremony tray service at your ceremony location that includes bubbles and sparkling fruit juice plus a canape selection of your choice.

Price:

Bubbles or fruit juice $20.00 per person (minimum 40 people)

Please contact our preferred catering partner to find out more about canape prices & options available:
Blue Carrot Catering 

Alternatively, clients can use their own caterers.

Wedding Reception

Staglands is a wonderful destination for a wedding reception.

Surrounded by stunning native bush with a veranda that overlooks a beautiful pond and waterfall, The Barn provides a fabulous blank canvas that will allow you to make your celebration truly unique.

Wedding Reception Price:

$2,500 for up to 80 guests (including wedding party)

80+ guests by negotiation

Price includes:

Indoor reception in The Barn (up to 10 hours exclusive Barn use).

Reception tables and chairs for up to 80 people.

Note all alcohol must be served by Staglands as we are a licensed premises, and no alcohol can be brought on-site.

Please contact our preferred catering partner to find out more about menu options available:
Blue Carrot Catering 

Alternatively, clients can use their own caterers.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

Staglands is a wonderful destination for a wedding.

Enjoy an intimate ceremony in either The Settlement Church or, weather permitting, the Picnic Area, an idyllic outdoor location on the banks of the Akatarawa river.

Follow up with a reception in The Barn. Surrounded by stunning native bush with a veranda that overlooks a beautiful pond and waterfall. The Barn provides a fabulous blank canvas that will allow you to make your celebration truly unique.

Wedding Ceremony & Reception Price:

$3,500 for up to 80 guests (including wedding party)

80+ guests by negotiation

Price includes:

Ceremony in The Settlement Church or The Picnic Area for up to 80 guests.

Seating for up to 80 guests plus a table for signing The Register and decorative seasonal flowers.

Indoor reception in The Barn (up to 10 hours exclusive Barn use).

Reception tables and chairs for up to 80 people.

Note all alcohol must be served by Staglands as we are a licensed premises, and no alcohol can be brought on-site.

Please contact our preferred catering partner to find out more about menu options available:
Blue Carrot Catering 

Alternatively, clients can use their own caterers.

Wedding Photos Only

Location Fee for Wedding Photos Only:

Wedding party only. Available between 9.30am and 5.00pm.

Location Fee Price:

$250.00

Additional information:

Local marriage celebrant Stephanie Lambert has conducted many ceremonies here. Contact her on spellbound@xtra.co.nz for further information

Please note the following:

Our normal liquor license allows us to serve liquor until 11.45pm

A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a booking. This can be paid by credit card, direct credit or cash.

All prices include GST.

The Barn is normally unavailable for hire in December, January or public holidays

Please remember that there may be other visitors in The Reserve at the time of your wedding and photos.

Contact us to for further information.

(Information last updated August 2021 and prices may be subject to change

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Let us know more about the event you're planning and we will get back to you with more details on which special packages best suit your needs.

Explore Staglands

Staglands Wildlife Reserve offers an exciting day out for anyone visiting the Wellington region. Connect with the friendly animals, native birds and its natural beauty as you journey around this unique reserve!

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What’s On At Staglands

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Plan Your Visit

Our Reserve is open every day from 9.30am until 5pm and our Café from 10.00am until 4.30pm. For prices, directions and everything else you need to plan your visit read on.

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One of the best places to go around Wellington, especially with kids! Lovely, very friendly and funny animals, beautiful surroundings. For the 3+ hours we spent there, we smiled and laughed as much as for the previous week? month? :-) Little historical area within the reserve is another remarkable spot.

Alexey Volkov

The staff are very welcoming. The animals were super interactive, sometimes to an amusing extent (being followed by a guinea fowl horde was hilarious). The place is huge, and I think we saw about 98% of it. A beautiful array of feathered friends, fish and furry creatures. Was definitely worth the drive. I'll pop by next time I visit NZ.

Nowhere Town

Enjoyed wandering through and petting the animals. Great for a family visit, lots of good picnic spots if you don't want to go to the cafe.

Thomas Beagle

100% recommend !!!! You get to pet a lot of animals ! I was hoping the pigs to be roaming around the grass area, but I was still able to pet them over the fence. It’s a huge reserve and got space to do picnics ! I would recommend giving yourself at least 3 hours to see everything ! They got other attractions like a train tour and apparently weddings too. You can walk along the river and feed trouts at the pond. A lot of birds just walking about so won’t recommend if you’re afraid of birds. 

Dana Young

"Easy way to fill in a fun filled day with the children. Awesome set up, reasonable price, and can take your own lunch or eat in the Cafe. Perfect!"

Emma McGregor

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