Queenstown provides the most beautiful and dramatic landscapes for your wedding day and wedding photos. With a new, wonderful view of lakes, or mountains…or both at every turn! The hardest part of wedding planning in Queenstown can be choosing which gorgeous backdrop you prefer.
Whether you’re eloping out in the wild with your love, or you’re planning to sneak away from your guests for an epic couple’s shoot, here are some of our favourite spots that we know you’ll love!
Just 20 minutes drive from Queenstown is picturesque Moke Lake. Surrounded by mountains and rolling hills this spot is secluded enough to feel intimate and private but accessible enough to keep your wedding planning easy. The views are truely 360 degrees and if you’re lucky you might even see horses from the nearby stables playing in the paddock next to the lake. On a calm day you’ll be amazed by the mountains reflecting in the lake like a mirror and on a snow day this place feels like a true winter wonderland. And, if you’re heading out to Moke Lake after any heavy rain fall you might need your gum boots to get across the foot bridge!
A 20 minute drive from Queenstown in the opposite direction will lead you to Coronet Peak. Here on the hillside you’ll enjoy an elevated view across Dalefield, Arrowtown, Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. This incredible viewpoint is an easy drive and perfect for ceremonies and photoshoots. During winter you’re bound to find snow and throughout the rest of the year the tussocks and long grass look wild and velvety among the Queenstown landscape.
A little further off Coronet Peak along Skippers Road road and you’ll discover the rugged and beautiful Skippers Canyon. With it’s steep cliffs, deep valleys and 360 degree mountain views this is a great spot for adventurous couples for an intimate elopement or photoshoot. Extra care is needed on the single lane unsealed Skippers Road year round, but especially during winter, but trust us, the views are worth it!
You’ll love the perfect mix of lake and mountain views from the Jack’s Point side of Lake Wakatipu. With some of the most epic sunsets we’ve ever seen and a variety of backdrops to choose from. At 30 minutes drive from Queenstown CBD and not often at the top of the tourist list of things to
do in Queenstown, Jack’s Point is still a bit of a hidden gem and perfect for couples wanting privacy. Adventurous couples have been known to wade through long grass and scramble down secret tracks to access deserted fields and beaches. So you might want to bring some sensible shoes but you can always swap into your preferred footwear for your wedding photos!
A scenic one hour drive from Queenstown is the small but beautiful town of Glenorchy. And if the views along the drive weren’t enough for you, once you head into the Rees Valley you’ll be breathless. This place honestly doesn’t even feel real, it’s as if you’re on the set of a movie… oh, wait you are, as Lord of The Rings was filmed right here! If you’re looking for complete serenity and seclusion, humbling mountain views, and something off the beaten track, The Rees Valley should definitely be on your wish list.
The Remarkables mountain range offers a number of incredible options for your high altitude heli-wedding adventure. Lifting off from Queenstown airport you’ll enjoy a short scenic flight and discover a secluded mountain top location for your wedding ceremony and/or wedding photos. You can even explore alpine lakes in the summer or seek out fresh snow in winter! With views across Lake Wakatipu, the Southern Alps and surrounding mountain ranges, it really is an out of this world experience. Don’t forget to pack some champagne for a toast as newlyweds on top of the world!
There are heaps more amazing options for your Queenstown elopement ceremony and wedding photos. We could write a whole book on the topic, each page with a new location and all the reasons you’ll love it! We’ll leave it at five for now, but speak to your wedding providers for their personal recommendations and details of permissions and permits you may need to seek for each location. You’ll find all the wedding suppliers you’ll need for your Queenstown wedding on the Queenstown Wedding Association website, as well as helpful blog posts and inspirational galleries – everything you need to get your Queenstown wedding planning underway!
We can’t wait to see which amazing Queenstown location you choose!