Getting Married on Barrier: A How-To Guide

Our Autumn issue is packed with wedding inspiration fresh from Great Barrier Island. Tempted to say ‘I do’ there? Here, find all the need-to-knows.


    Our Autumn issue is packed with wedding inspiration fresh from Great Barrier Island. Tempted to say ‘I do’ there? Here, find all the need-to-knows.

    Remember:

    • There are no banks or ATMs; most places take eftpos and credit.
    • Set up a wedding website with information about the Island for your guests, including info about car rentals such as Aotea Rentals as there’s no public transport on the island. 
    • Book accommodation in advance to ensure your guests can stay in the same area.
    • Find out if your venue has cell phone coverage.
    • The island is accessible by ferries and planes, but these services will not be available in extreme weather conditions. Make sure your guests are aware.
    • The roads on Barrier are narrow, and not all are paved – leave yourself plenty of time to get from A to B
    • While there are small shops that sell everything from mayo to marmalade, there aren’t any big grocery stores, so if your guests have special dietary requirements, it’s best that they come prepared.

    Photo hotspots:

    The keyhole rocks at Sugar Loaf, Palmer’s Lookout, Kaitoke Beach – just to name a few. 

    Key vendors:

    Celebrants: Jilly Dobson (09 429 0250)
    Accommodation: Great Barrier Lodge has villas and rooms along the WhangaparaparaHarbour or find a bach to rend on bookabach.co.nz. 
    Caterers: Gourmet to Go offer wedding catering to suit a range of needs.

    Getting there:
    Ferry: Sealink – this is the best option if you have lots of luggage.
    Fly: Fly My Sky


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