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Songbird Weddings

An exclusive retreat for boutique weddings

From the grand lawn, through the rose arbour walkway, to the ceremonial terrace, this beautiful backdrop will capture hearts and make dreams come true. Natural ponds adorned with lily pads, irises, dragonfly and an abundance of wildlife comes complete with a simple white rowboat just waiting to be adorned with flowers and foliage. Picture perfect!

Comprising several lawns for marquees, stylish accommodation at Songbird Cottage and even a cute wooden playhouse for the little ones, this venue is made for long weekend weddings.

Your wedding day

As friends and family gather on the ceremonial terrace, overlooking the beautiful pond, take tim to walk up the grand staircase, along the rose arbour wedding aisle and soak up this precious time before taking those long-awaited steps into married life. Listen to an acoustic version of a favourite song, or perhaps the twinkling notes of a harpist or quartet will accompany this final journey to join your beau at the ceremonial platform on the banks of the Lily Pond.

As the festivities move from day to night, book a local band to ensure the dance floor comes alive with moves and grooves from children and old folk alike, enjoying the carefree setting that this wedding venue offers. 

Why not let the festivities extend to the whole weekend? When the speeches and dancing have ended it doesn’t mean the celebrating does too. Invite those special guests back for a wedding brunch the following day and reminisce about the events of the day before. 

This exclusive wedding venue offers complete privacy from other properties, yet only minutes from the village road and a 15-minute drive from Matakana and Omaha. Just an hour north of Auckland, this is the ultimate boutique wedding destination. 

Songbird Retreat only opens its doors for a limited number of weddings and events throughout the year.

Our facilities

  • 4.5-acre terraced lawns; ideal for marquees, gazebos or tepees
  • Atmospheric lighting throughout the venue
  • Convenient power and water supply 
  • Suitable for 150 guests
  • Easy access to marquee sites for those less able
  • Shaded hard standing areas for catering gazebo/food truck + toilet trailers
  • Coach turning and parking
  • Heli-pad
  • Luxury self-catering accommodation for up to 6 at Songbird Cottage
  • Additional storage and catering facilities adjacent to Cottage

Please note that all live and amplified music must adhere to our noise policy (available on request)

Open fires and candles are not permitted during active fire bans

No dogs, other than service dogs.

Stay with us

Songbird Cottage is within walking distance to the wedding venue and offers newlyweds a chance to slip away at the end of the night and sink into a sumptuous super-king sized bed, without having to leave the premises. Relax in a post wedding bubble bath by moonlight after the last guests disappear and the music fades. Pop open the complimentary bottle of bubbly and savour those first private moments of being together as a married couple.

There is ample room for the bride, groom or both to spend the night before the wedding and get ready for the big day with the wedding party. Sleepout option for extra accommodation (bridesmaids or the groom) and a cute bunk room. Or why not do away with tradition and get ready together then enjoy the walk to your friends and family hand in hand.

Songbird Cottage is included in each wedding package.

Please note: We operate a separate booking system for weddings and wedding accommodation.  Please contact us directly at enquiries@songbirdretreat.co.nz and do not refer to the booking calendar for Songbird Cottage on this website as it may show your preferred wedding dates as booked but they may still be available.

Wedding Planner

Because of the bespoke nature of this boutique wedding venue we really require you to have a wedding planner, who can advise on marquee hire, caterers, flowers, music and styling as well as the more practical aspects such as toilet hire, transport and local accommodation.

If you haven’t appointed your own planner yet we would be delighted to recommend one of our favourite wedding planners.

Your Enquiry

Songbird Retreat is a popular holiday destination and wedding venue and we only cater to a small number each year to ensure the natural beauty and wildlife is managed and retained for all our guests.

To contact Katherine or Adam please use the form below or email enquiries@songbirdretreat.co.nz

Alternatively, make an enquiry by calling 027 203 6466