Introducing: Alongside

This Paihia waterfront establishment makes for the best in seaside celebrating. With glittering views over the harbour, a fresh, locally inspired menu and flexible layout options, it’s our favourite new find.


    This Paihia waterfront establishment makes for the best in seaside celebrating. With glittering views over the harbour, a fresh, locally inspired menu and flexible layout options, it’s our favourite new find.

    What kind of cuisine does Alongside offer?

    Being over the water, it makes complete sense that we offer quality local seafood, sustainably line-caught and prepared by our team of chefs and served with fresh local produce. Think international cuisine with a casual Kiwi twist – the best Bay of Islands experience.

    Who would the venue be best suited for?

    For those looking for a world class venue, and perhaps the bride and groom who want a classic Kiwi beach wedding – without the sand issues. With simple styling touches, the venue can be transformed to suit both casual and formal affairs. 

    How many people can the venue cater for?

    Our outdoor deck hangs over the water, and can eat up to 200 seated guests, or 600 standing, while our intimate lounge area can accommodate up to 40 guests on luxe sofa seating.

    What makes Paihia a great place for a destination wedding?

    With accommodation, the beach and the wedding venue all within walking distance, everything in town is extremely convenient both for you and your guests. With stunning views, friendly locals and a dash of New Zealand history, there is something for you all to enjoy while hosting or attending a wedding.

    What would your tip tip be for couples looking for a venue?

    Firstly, look for friendly and efficient team members, particularly those who will be helping run your day. Equally important, ask what extra costs will be incurred if you book the venue – charges such as overtime costs and cake cutting fees, for instance. Be sure you are clear on these before you book the venue to avoid unexpected charges.

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