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Venue hire




Imagine arriving by boat across a picturesque lake to our Heritage Lawn, for a ceremony surrounded by native flora and birdsong…


Perfectly positioned for afternoon and evening sun, our beautiful forest-fringed lake provides the perfect backdrop to your special occasion. Wellington’s world-class wildlife safe haven is close to town, yet worlds apart. And because ZEALANDIA is 100% non profit, your wedding makes a valuable contribution towards conservation.


Our Philosophy
To give you the wedding of your dreams in a beautiful native bush setting, using a sustainable approach that brings nature to your plate.


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Heritage Lawn
Our Heritage Lawn by the beautiful lake Roto Kawau, is a wonderful spot for your ceremony and pre-dinner drinks; perfect for larger weddings it also works for smaller numbers. With the historic Valve Tower and boat shed it also provides wonderful photo opportunities. Even if you have your ceremony elsewhere, the Heritage Lawn is available for your pre-dinner drinks and canapés, giving you access to the lovely surroundings for your photos.

Rata Café
2010-07-28---Functions---Veronica-Young-5Light, airy and modern, with scenic views across the forest-fringed lake and Heritage Lawn, Rata Café can seat up to 100 people with some room to dance after dinner. The café balcony is especially popular and can seat up to 76 people. When the sun goes down the café becomes a lovely evening venue with fairy lights and candles.


Round Lawn
Round-Lawn---Photo-by-Chris-Helliwell-(1)---email-copyThe Round Lawn is a smaller, more intimate space, ideal for weddings of up to 70 people. Have your very private ceremony here, and then move down to the Heritage Lawn for celebratory drinks.



Main Foyer
Foyer---Photo-by-Chris-Helliwell-(2)This is a wet weather option for your ceremony. Located on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre there is plenty of room for guests to gather and for your ceremony. Pre-dinner drinks can be offered here.




For more information or to arrange a site visit contact our friendly Functions Manager at

"We wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all of the Zealandia staff who contributed to our wonderful wedding day. We had the most amazing day and many of our guests commented on the wonderful venue and hospitable staff. We felt really well looked after through out the whole planning process and nothing was too much trouble for you and your colleagues. We will be singing Zealandia's praises for many years to come and can't wait to get our photos back to showcase the beautiful park and true NZ flavour we had on the day!"

Gareth & Jenner

"We couldn’t have asked for a better day! Thank you for your help. We hope Zealandia gets many more wedding functions; it’s a fantastic venue that should give the other venues something to worry about!"

"Exceptional service right from the beginning. Anna the function coordinator was readily available to assist with planning, answering queries and ensured that the day went off smoothly. It was important to us to not have to set up and clean up. They day was made easy for me as able to drop of table settings, alcohol etc the day before and pick up the leftovers on the morning after the wedding. Anna and Saoirse set up everything as we wished, ensuring that every detail was attended to, and solved issues that arose throughout the day. Great to have a wide range of meal and alcohol packages to choose from. I would definitely recommend Zealandia for a wedding or function. We are now members, have done the night kiwi tour, visit the café and even sponsor a fencepost…..we are hooked on Zealandia."

Tania & Glen

"We had a great time and we are very grateful to Anna for her excellent, timely and clear communication about the arrangements and to the other staff for all their hard work."

"I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your professionalism, your attention to detail and being proactive. All that helped to ensure the evening ran smoothly and the guests enjoyed themselves."

"The service was smooth as silk. Thank you for making such a warm, welcoming atmosphere for our guests! Nothing was ever a trouble and everything was accomplished with a smile."

"We really enjoyed having our wedding reception at Zealandia and we are enormously grateful for all the hard work that you and your colleagues put in to making a great day. Everyone we’ve spoken to said how much they enjoyed it too and what a good choice of venue it was."