As an extension to the Otago regional special featured in our Winter issue, we rounded up nine great reasons to tie the knot in Dunedin.
1. You can get married at the country’s oldest train station. Just five minutes from the town centre, The Porters Lounge (tucked behind two sets of double doors that open to the Dunedin Railway Station’s platforms) has recently been refurbished and would make for jaw-dropping photos. Think delicious stonewalls, rustic railway tracks and arched doorways galore – in other words, if you’re looking to give your photographer a dream backdrop, this is it.
2. As far as Dunedin wedding venues go, The Savoy is hardly the new kid on the block – established in 1910, its oak-panelled walls have seen their fair share of receptions. The institution’s leadlight windows and sparkly chandeliers are well-known treasures to locals, but the venue will feel like a stylish discovery for any out-of-towners.
3. If passing out after one martini too many doesn’t sound like your cup of hen-night tea, opt for a civilised stroll around Dunedin’s many art galleries (then maybe drop in for a classy cocktail at Carousel – the clean lines and black-and-white wall paper are sure to finish your day in style.)
4. The iconic Broad Bay China shop is a treasure trove of loveable crockery – take your ‘maids there for a browse, then treat them to a unique teacup as a thank-you gift.
5. Assuming tea cups and art galleries won’t be the manly rager your groom was hoping for in a stag do, he and his mates can take a tour round Speights Brewery, learning the ins and outs of what goes into producing the pride of the south. After that, they’ll probably have to stop off for a pint or two at the Speights Ale House – it’d be rude not to.
6. Need to blow off some pre-wedding steam? Charge around the countryside on a mountain bike with Offtrack, getting up close and personal with some of the region’s most stunning locations. Alternatively, enjoy a round at New Zealand’s oldest golf course, or give your image an air of cool by learning to surf at St Claire Beach.
7. Trying to impress out-of-town guests? Take entertainment to the next level (literally) by sending them on a scenic aeroplane flight over the Otago Peninsula.
8. Fish fans will delight in stopping off at Carey’s Bay Hotel for a seafood platter. Make a day of it by exploring the surrounding Port Chalmers, with its vibrant range of design boutiques, antique stores, bush walks and secluded bays.
9. If the stress of wedding planning is getting a bit much, Scotia Bistro’s Doon Bar has a sneaky 300 whiskies stashed behind the bar. Need we say more?
Photos courtesy of DunedinNZ