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Something Old – Something New

Tui Hills is renovated and reborn as one of Auckland’s most iconic weddings venues.

“You’ve changed all the things that needed to be changed, and kept all the things that were worth keeping.” That was the reaction of a groom who visited Tui Hills for the first time after attending several weddings at the location years before.

For the best part of two decades, the site of Tui Hills was a well-loved venue where thousands of couples married. In 2018, management problems lead to the old Cassels going into liquidation, and for several months the building and grounds lay unused. But in February 2019 the property was bought by Aucklanders Ruth Carpenter and Kevin Townsend who had already started the pop-up wedding business, Simply Wed.

In the months that followed the grounds were replanted, walls were painted, outdoor paths concreted with exposed aggregate, and bar facilities and other areas were modernised while keeping the property’s considerable charm. European styling gave way to a fresh look celebrating the location and the New Zealand style. New caterers, with a reputation for flair, came on board, plus top celebrants, photographers and more. Today it is delivering luxury weddings at an affordable range of prices.

Here To Help

Our team’s skill and knowledge will make organising your wedding an enjoyable experience. That starts
with finding the right wedding package, then working with your on planning.

Marieke Holthuisen

Marieke Holthuisen

Wedding Coordinator

You’re in safe hands with Marieke looking after your wedding. She loves bringing all the elements together, utilising experience as an event manager and florist.

With more than a dozen years spent at Cassels, Kumeu Valley Estate, Carringtons Pumphouse and elsewhere, she’s the ideal person to guide your wedding journey.

Virginia Carrick-Eede

Virginia Carrick-Eede

Venue Manager

The ultimate can-do professional, Virginia learned how to manage a myriad of details at once working as a chief stewardess for the rich and famous on super yachts.

From there she scaled up, working for Pilkington’s Restaurant and Vodafone Events Centre managing their front of house and taking customer satisfactions to another level.

Ruth Carpenter

Ruth Carpenter

CEO and Owner

As the founder of the Tui Hills Group and Simply Wed, plus a graduate of the Wedding MBA, Ruth is immersed in the world of weddings.

In her previous career she was a project manager, working for names such as Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, Air New Zealand, Farmers, BNZ and Marks and Spencer.

Neil Prasad

Neil Prasad

Wedding Consultant

A man of many talents, Neil is a  highly-experienced planner of Indian weddings as well as an accomplished photographer and videographer.

If that wasn’t enough, he also supplies sound, light and staging equipment to turn your wedding into an extravaganza.

Find out more here.

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