Picturesque New Zealand - An Idyllic Venue for Destination Weddings

Travel and Lifestyle Press Releases Monday October 14, 2013 17:41
Bangkok--14 Oct--GHC Asia

The Hobbit fans can tie the knot in the land of Bilbo Baggins and nature lovers can marry atop a snow-capped mountain or on the water - these are among the unique offerings available to couples tying the knot in picturesque New Zealand.

Add to this luxury lodges, gourmet food and world-class wineries – and you have a match made in heaven.
Depending on the theme, New Zealand offers a host of unique, memorable wedding options to those looking for the perfect venue for a destination wedding.

Given the timeless, international appeal of The Hobbit, the film set built by director Peter Jackson at Hobbiton near Matamata not surprisingly ranks among the world’s most original locations for saying ‘I do’.

In rolling countryside untouched by the 20th century, the Middle Earth location for JRR Tolkien’s saga is simply magical - complete with a Bilbo Baggins marquee, and the Green Dragon Inn, where Bilbo celebrated his birthday party.

Pampering is also taken to the next level, saying “I do” in a mud bath at Hell’s Gate in Rotorua, New Zealand’s geothermal wonder.

Queenstown, set amongst New Zealand’s most picturesque scenery, offers the perfect backdrop for outdoor weddings. Couples can choose from a garden setting, lakeside ceremony or a quaint resort located on top of a mountain.

Among other Top 10 wedding locations, the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo is one of the world’s most idyllic churches – all you can see for miles is magnificent mountain scenery.
You can also toast your future at one of the picturesque vineyards in Hawke’s Bay or in Marlborough, savouring local vintages in a celebration with a special flavour.

Newly-weds can spoil themselves with an exclusive wedding at one of New Zealand’s luxury lodges, or world-class golf course such as Cape Kidnappers or Millbrook Resort, with gastronomic cuisine and wines served in some of the country’s most beautiful settings.

Alternatively, you can say your vows up in the air in a hot air balloon - with spectacular landscape unfolding down below; and spend your honeymoon cruising the Marlborough Sounds, which overlooks ancient sunken river valleys, secluded bays and sandy beaches.

Gastronomic delights are one of the key features of the wedding ceremony, and foodies can look forward to delectable wedding feasts with New Zealand’s fine cuisine that showcase fresh local produce, talented chefs and award-winning wines.

Adding to New Zealand’s allure as a premier wedding venue is the country’s latest ruling allowing for same-sex marriage.

“Couples who are looking for a romantic wedding and a memorable honeymoon should consider New Zealand. It offers a variety of choices in terms of location and activities – for those wanting a nice private ceremony in a secluded lodge or on the water, to the adventurous ones up in the air, atop a mountain or a glacier,” said Mischa Mannix-Opie TNZ Regional Manager for South and Southeast Asia.

“It is a destination that complements a treasured moment with a most memorable experience.”
For more information, please visit www.newzealand.com
Hobbiton in Matamata, Waikato (Ian Brodie)
Beautiful landscapes for a beautiful bride (Chris Sisarich)
Balloon safari over the Canterbury Plains (David Wall)

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