Inside Scoop: The Kelliher Estate

The Kelliher Estate – and the Dawsons team who man it – are leading vendors on the Auckland wedding scene. New to the world of venues and vows? We delve into what has made this setting stick.


    TheKelliherEstate – and the Dawsons team who man it – are leading vendors on the Auckland wedding scene. New to the world of venues and vows? We delve into what has made this setting stick.

    How would you describe The Kelliher Estate to someone who had never heard of it?

    The Kelliher Estate really is Auckland’s hidden gem. Set amongst a sub-tropical garden, this unique Spanish mission-style homestead offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, all set on a private and historic island. The venue is accessible by car, bus or even helicopter for the adventurous type.

    This is an exclusive venue that can cover all aspects of your day, including a private room to get ready in, numerous ceremony settings, indoor and outdoor dining, plenty of photographic settings and an exclusive overnight suite. Even though it’s only a short drive from the Auckland CBD, it really does feel like you’ve stepped into the tropics.


    How would you describe the Dawsons style of catering?

    Our talented chefs work with the finest seasonal and sustainable ingredients to create five-star food that’s exactly right for your occasion. From gourmet sandwich platters to crayfish niçoise served under an ice cloche, anything is possible.

    What sets Dawsons apart from other caterers?

    The personalisation we offer makes us a market leading, quality caterer. We want your wedding to be unique, offering a glimpse into your personality through our food and service. We don’t stop at “delivering the catering” – from start to finish, the experience is personalised. Our wedding planners will assist you with as much or as little as necessary to ensure your wedding day is exactly what you dream it to be.

    In your opinion, what’s the most important thing a venue should do?

    A venue should be transparent in everything they do, and as be accommodating as possible. This is an exciting day – ensure all guests have the most amazing experience possible.

    What are the advantages of choosing a venue with in-house caterers?

    The risk of mishaps and accidents are minimised. In-house caterers have a systematic way of operating. We also understand potential costs involved, have regular staff and are experienced in managing the venue.


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