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Get Away From It All

There are many great features of Tui Hills as a venue, but by far the most important features of a wedding are the couple getting married and their guests.

By the time the ceremony, reception and dancing are over, expect to feel the happiness of knowing your special day lived up to expectations – a joyful ceremony, the taste experience of food and drink fit for any top restaurant, tired feet from dancing the night away to great music, and the knowledge that every important detail from centrepieces to lighting was taken care of by our friendly staff.

While a wedding lasts a day, the memories last a lifetime.  Our experienced team sees their task as helping couples make those memories by allowing them to focus on their friends and family. The beauty and seclusion of the venue adds to that experience, making the day special – your day.  

Nestled in the bush-covered Waitakere Ranges, Tui Hills offers a native garden setting where you and your guests feel a million miles from anywhere, but only 30 minutes drive from central Auckland.

Catering for up to 120 guests, there are three ceremony areas and outdoor and indoor options for the reception. 

You can marry in the secluded Kowhai Glade where ferns cast their distinctive shade on the lawn.  The Nikau Pavilion, with its huge canopy, is the perfect setting for summer outdoor receptions or an outdoor ceremony in inclement weather. The indoor option is the sumptuous Nectar Room with bar and dance area.

The best way to find out if Tui Hills is for you is to make an appointment for a visit to get a feel for what your wedding day could be with our help.

The Classic Wedding

This is going to be the biggest day of your life, and you want to be across all the details – seating, catering, guest lists, table centrepieces, the music and more.

Tui Hills is the perfect backdrop for an event that you and/or your wedding planner will choreograph to be a unique experience with the assistance of our team.

 

The Concierge Wedding

Our staff and stylists organise the venue, with your input, leaving you to enjoy the fun stuff. This includes catering and drinks, seating and decorations, and centrepieces.

Concierge Plus includes celebrant, photos and flowers – reducing stress even further.  We do it all!

 

Or a 6-Hour Luxury Pop-up

Want a stress-free wedding organised for you, including the celebrant, catering, cake, flowers and photography?

You can, while hardly lifting a finger, from just $10,995. Hosted every second Friday in the 2019-20 summer season in conjunction with Simply Wed.

Photography by Nicola Topping, Bridal Gown by Vinka Design, Groom’s clothing by Barkers, flowers by Go Wedding Flowers, props by Click For Hire

Food + Drink

Dining at Tui Hills showcases the best of fresh local ingredients, with a contemporary New Zealand style and plenty of choices – all created by the dedicated team from the Free Range Chef, lead by the Chef himself Stephen Weeks.

Enjoy a selection of canapes, then shared plates of slow-cooked lamb shoulder, Asian oranged-spice pork, roasted free-range chicken and much more, served at the table family-style.  Or choose from a range of grazing themes such as Mediterranean Mezze, Classic Kiwi Grazer, All American and Decadent Desserts.

For an ultra-social form of dining, canapes can be teamed with substantial “walk and fork” dishes that can be eaten sitting down or standing up.

Eating outside under the cover of the Nikau Pavilion, or inside, a gourmet barbeque in true Kiwi style is another great option.  

All dietary needs are catered for. Vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options come as standard. Other specific requirements can be accommodated on request.

With the seating arrangements you can choose from a tables-and-chairs layout, a “walk and fork” service with trays and casual seating, or a combination of both.

 

Stephen Weeks, the Free Range Chef

The drinks list at Tui Hills is headed by two of the world’s great champagnes, Veuve Clicquot and Moet & Chandon.

The Nectar Room bar also offers a wide range of Soho and local West Brook wines, plus Heineken on tap, craft beer from Cassels & Sons and a full range of spirits. That includes Lavender-infused gin from Riverhead’s Lavender Hill. Refreshments can be paid for with a drinks package and/or on consumption, all at affordable prices.

Gallery images by Nicola Topping, Emma Keirle, Craig Shearer and Lionel Tan

A New Vision

Opening in May/June 2019, Tui Hills is undergoing major refurbishment and upgrading after being purchased in January. Watch the progress via our blog below. You can register for a viewing via the Enquiries page.

One of Auckland’s most popular wedding venues under a previous name, Tui Hills is building on that history and the natural beauty of the Scenic Drive location by regenerating the gardens and refurbishing and updating all facilities.

A contemporary look with warmth and personality is the aim, with the style and standard of cuisine and service to match.

With a team of seasoned professionals from front-of-house to the back office, wedding couples and their guests will soon be enjoying the experience of a lifetime.

Louise Ngaei

Louise Ngaei

Tui Hills’ wedding coordinator, Louise is devoted to making your special day just that. She has experience in fashion, marketing and events in London and Sydney. That’s on top of similar roles in New Zealand, most notably at the Orange Group.  Before joining Tui Hills, Louise worked at Bride and Groom magazine.

Photography by Owen Allison 

James Colebourne

James Colebourne

The Eden Cloakroom, Chapel Bar and Bistro, and Mekong Baby are just some of the iconic establishments around Auckland that James has lead to success in a nearly 30-year career. Now Hospitality Manager at Tui Hills, he ensures the highest level of service and catering so that every wedding reception is memorable for all the right reasons.

 

Follow The Progress

See how things are changing and improving at Tui Hills, starting with refurbishment and regeneration work.  There’ll be other announcements too, about services, personnel and more.

No Panic At The Disco

Sound-proofing acoustic panels and new air conditioning will make the dance floor at Tui Hills the place to be. 

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Concrete Progress

Out with the old and in with the new.  Concreters are on the job this week re-laying old and adding new.

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Trees Glorious Trees

Screening out the rest of the world with new tree planting is adding to the feeling of privacy at Tui Hills.

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All Around The Garden

Turning Tui Hills into a top class venue starts with making the most of its greatest natural feature, large native gardens…

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1012 Scenic Drive North

Tui Hills

Weddings and Events

1012 Scenic Drive North

Auckland 0816