Anyone remember MTV Cribs? Fiordland Lodge is a little like those celebrity mansions, only with much more class. Located on the outskirts of Te Anau opposite the Fiordland National Park and a two hour drive from Queenstown, it’s a unique NZ wedding venue with killer views, striking interiors and accommodation for 27 guests across 12 comfortable rooms.
It’s exclusive to couples for the duration of their stay, and helicopter rides to the nearby snow-capped mountains are commonplace. Now that’s one way to get hitched. Read on to find out everything this place has to offer…
Tell us a bit about your venue…
Fiordland Lodge is a luxury lodge located directly opposite the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. The lodge itself was constructed in 2002 and sits on a superb rural site with rolling grasslands. It has commanding views out across Lake Te Anau and the snow-capped Kepler Mountains.
Inside, the open architecture of the lodge reflects the vastness of the Fiordland National Park and nods to the forest are found in the striking natural timber construction. In the lounge, a latticework of huge log trusses soar to over thirty-six feet above and surround a large open fire, clad with local river stone.
A wedding at Fiordland Lodge is the event of a lifetime and the romantic nature of the lodge truly shines as the rooms spill over with music, firelight, dancing and flowers.
What inspired you to get involved with weddings?
Demand and a background in weddings. The property simply lends itself to weddings – the lodge itself is very rustic with lots of timber and stone and open fireplaces. Fiordland Lodge is truly a magnificent and unique location to exchange vows.
Tell us about the facilities your venue offers?
An exclusive retreat with only 12 rooms, we accommodate up to 27 guests overnight but can cater for up to 100 day guests, ensuring a truly amazing atmosphere.
Fiordland Lodge is set on the crest of a hill and offers expansive views over the World Heritage Listed Fiordland National Park. Fiordland Lodge has stunning, unobstructed views of Lake Te Anau, Murchison and the Kepler Mountains and can accommodate 120 seated guests on the front lawn. Couples can hold their wedding ceremony anywhere on the property
Fiordland Lodges Great Room also has spectacular views and is anchored by a massive stone fireplace. Vows can be exchanged here as a wet weather alternative.
The photo opportunities are endless and you can actually fly by helicopter directly off the lawn and have your wedding photos taken on snow-capped mountain ranges. Of course you have reserved the entire property so the possibilities for ceremony and photo locations are limited only by your imagination.
What do you think is the selling point for most couples?
Fiordland Lodge is impressive in every aspect. The locations, the surrounding property, the food and the service are all big selling points for couples looking for somewhere special. The property is one of the finest luxury lodges in the country offering a truly remarkable property for weddings.
What’s your favourite thing you’ve seen a couple do at your venue?
Fiordland Lodge can offer weddings exclusive landing rights in beautiful remote locations in the Fiordland National Park and offers many heli-wedding options that always makes a special day truly unforgettable. Direct from the lodge lawn, we can whisk you and your wedding party away to a special location guaranteed to provide the most stunning backdrop for your wedding.
Describe the kind of couples your venue attracts?
We attract a lot of couples that love everything that our outdoors location has on offer. Our location alone attracts the outdoor enthusiasts who love the mountain and lake vistas.
Our location also offers guests coming to a wedding at Fiordland Lodge endless opportunities for exploring the national park including Milford and Doubtful sounds and the great walks of the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks either prior to or after the wedding itself.
Any new additions on the horizon?
We have opened the lodge up to lunch time weddings. Ideal for smaller weddings from two to 30, couples can now host their wedding onsite between 11am – 5pm without having to book out the entire lodge exclusively.
For more info or to make an enquiry with Fiordland Lodge, head to their WedShed profile here.