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Celebrate Your Love Story in New Zealand

With its unique culture, adventurous spirit, and warm hospitality, New Zealand is the idyllic destination for a romantic and unique wedding. Couples and their guests can revel in the awe-inspiring scenery, indulge in thrilling outdoor activities, and experience the unique Maori culture. Whether exchanging vows in Auckland's vibrant cityscape, the Bay of Islands' serene beaches, Christchurch's garden charm, or Queenstown's picturesque mountains, New Zealand destination weddings promise an unforgettable experience.

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  • Vineyards
  • Historic Sites
  • Coral Reefs
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
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Where to Get Married in New Zealand

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The City of Sails offers a blend of urban sophistication and natural richness with a vibrant arts scene, volcanic landscapes, and nearby islands.

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Bay of Islands

Renowned for its big game-fishing and sailing, this haven of tranquility offers water-based adventures like dolphin watching and kayaking.

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A "garden city" with historic sites, acclaimed wineries, ski fields, and whale watching.

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Overlooking the majestic Lake Wakatipu, embark on thrilling adventures like bungee jumping and jet boating, all against a backdrop of dramatic mountain ranges.

New Zealand Marriage Requirements

Marriage Requirements in New Zealand

For US and CA citizens wanting to tie the knot in New Zealand,  you and your partner must have a valid passport, a marriage license from the local registry office, proof of marital status, and a notice of intended marriage. Check with New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs and your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist  for updated guidelines and procedures.

New Zealand Wedding Packages Matakauri Lodge

Wedding Packages in New Zealand

A New Zealand destination wedding package offers personalized ceremony arrangements, a selection of reception venues, diverse catering options, professional photography services, and comfortable accommodation for both the couple and their guests.

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Travel Documents

US and CA travelers are required to to present a valid passport along with an ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details. 


The official language of New Zealand is English, so you're assured of smooth communication with the locals.

Currency & Tipping

The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). While the US Dollar is not widely received, credit cards may be accepted. Tipping is appreciated for exceptional service.

Things To Do In New Zealand

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Getting Married in New Zealand: FAQs

How much does a destination wedding cost in New Zealand?
The cost of a destination wedding in New Zealand depends on location, guest count, and package inclusions. On average, you can expect to spend from $15,000 to $30,000 and upwards based on your preferences.
When is the best time of year to get married in New Zealand?
The best time to get married in New Zealand is spring (September to November) and summer (December to February) because of the pleasant weather for weddings and outdoor activities.
Is it safe to travel to New Zealand right now?
New Zealand has a reputation for being safe and welcoming to travelers. However, it’s essential to check travel advisories and entry requirements due to the ever-changing global situation.
How far in advance should I plan my destination wedding in New Zealand?
It’s advisable to start planning at least 12 to 18 months ahead to secure preferred venues and vendors, especially during peak wedding season. We recommend starting by brainstorming a budget, wedding date, guest list, and overall wedding vision to make wedding planning seamless. Speak to your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist to help guide you through the wedding planning process.
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Things to Consider when Planning a Wedding in New Zealand

With New Zealand's breathtaking landscapes and endless activities, it is an ideal location to say your I dos, but it comes with a few challenges:

  • Hotels in New Zealand are EP (European Plan), so meals and drinks will be an additional cost
  • The flights to New Zealand are longer and more expensive from most US and CA gateways
  • Wedding packages in Zealand are not all-inclusive, so you'll have to hire each vendor individually (i.e. florist, wedding planner, caterer, photographer, etc.)
  • The overall cost of a destination wedding in New Zealand will more than likely be much more expensive than a destination wedding in Mexico or the Caribbean.

Please note: we currently do not offer full-planning services in New Zealand. Browse our collection of full-service destinations below.

Other Destinations to Explore

Tropical destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean offer all-inclusive options that will make your destination wedding more convenient and affordable. Explore our most popular wedding destinations:

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