About This Venue
Harpers Homestead is an exclusive and private wedding venue. The entire property provides a rich opportunity for a truly unique wedding celebration, a fabulous backdrop for stunning photography and the creation of memories to last a lifetime.
Located on the northern banks of the Waimakariri River, just 15 minutes north of Christchurch, Harpers Homestead takes full advantage of its country setting, the beauty each season brings and the local history that dates back to the 1860s. At Harpers Homestead, your wedding ‘day’ lasts 48 hours with exclusive packages that include 48-hour venue hire and two nights accommodation. Just the thing to ensure a stress-free, relaxed environment for you and your support crew.
The elegant homestead is set on extensive park-like tree studded grounds that are bounded by the spring fed Silverstream. Ceremonies can be held and photos taken at numerous beautiful sites around the property. And soon this will include an open-air rustic cottage to keep you and your guests covered in the event of liquid sunshine on your special day.
The homestead is styled French country and offers a guest lounge, dining room and the chance to relax. A large balcony provides glorious views and connects the romantic bridal suite with three additional premium rooms that can accommodate up to eight guests. Meals are available, and facilities include a spa house, tennis court, and outdoor entertainment areas. More often than not, brides and their bridesmaids enjoy a relaxing evening at Harpers the night before. Hairdressers and makeup artists etc. arrive on-site on the big day.
The purpose-built reception barn comfortably seats 110 and offers a unique rustic-luxury experience for your reception and the celebrations into the evening. You may even like to have your first dance under the stars and lights that hang from our magnificent oak trees.
Weddings at Harpers Homestead set a different pace of occasion due to everything taking place at the same venue. Your wedding feels connected to everything and everyone, offering a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Harpers Homestead truly is a place to share.
- AV system
- Bar area
- Bridal change room
- BYO alcohol
- BYO catering
- Clean-up included
- Fire pit
- Marquee or Tent
- No curfew
- Tables and seating
- Wet weather cover
- Wheelchair Access
- Air conditioning
- Hair Dryer
- Linen supplied
- Open fireplace
- Towels supplied
- Washing machine
- Wheelchair access
Owner / Manager
“One day…” we said to each other the day after our wedding as we gazed at the magnificent display of cascading autumn colour blanketing the grounds of Millbrook near Arrowtown. “One day we will own a piece of land that will make us feel just like we do today.”
Well, there is nothing like a good shake up to make you realise it’s time to make your “one-day…” happen. After losing their home in the Christchurch 2011 February earthquake, Marina and Andrew contemplated: do we stay or do we leave the city we call home. They decided to stay and make their “one-day…” come true. After 18 months of searching, Marina and Andrew finally found the place, which felt to them like they had come home.
They developed the property and venue with passion, with the aim of creating a magical experience for happy couples and their guests. For Andrew and Marina, harvesting the rewards of their passion is in making others dreams come true and for Marina, that reward goes one step further. As a New Zealand registered marriage celebrant, Marina enjoys officiating many of the marriages performed here at Harpers Homestead.
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