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We would like your wedding at Lacewood to be a very special lifetime memory for both you the bride and groom, and all your family and friends.  The services and options outlined below are designed to help you to create your dream wedding.  If there is anything that you would like that is not covered in the information below, please feel free to discuss with us.


To ensure you can fully enjoy the Estate and to allow time for your families and friends to  relax and get to know each other, the venue is available from  2.00 pm Friday – 2:00 pm Sunday.

You have the options of having your country wedding in:

  • The wooded glade outside the barn with the scenic reserve of 300 year old kahikatea and rural views as a backdrop
  • The cathedral-like barn with its magnificent chandeliers juxtaposed against rustic interior (fantastic weather alternative)
  • Under the grand old oak tree (very popular) – available if hiring the homestead.
  • The lavender garden – available if hiring the homestead.
  • One of the charming little country churches close to Tuhitarata.

The magnificent barn can be dressed to be as rustic or as elegant to suit your taste.  It can host up to 200 people and is equipped with all facilities, including a commercial kitchen, men’s and women’s toilets, a PA system, ample space for a band complete with dance floor.


Lacewood can provide accommodation for up to 32 people in total when hiring the entire estate.  There are also many accommodation options close by to suit all price brackets.

The Cottage

Charming historic cottage. Beautifully renovated with lovely cottage garden. Three bedrooms (sleeps up to eight). Complete with fully equipped kitchen and Barbeque. ( Child friendly) (Check in 4pm – Check out 10am)

The Shearers Quarters

Provides five bedrooms consisting of  1 super king – 1 King (paraplegic room) (king beds can be split into twin singles)  3 Queen-size beds complete with  en-suites all with own external access. Shared kitchenette and lounge facilities  Can sleep up to 10. Panoramic views to the countryside. Barbeque. (Check in 4pm – Check out 10am)

The Annex

The Annex, attached to the main homestead, comprises one bedroom with en-suite and conservatory/lounge area with its own private access. Looking out at the Italianate gardens.

The Honeymoon Cottage

Privately located, with its own cottage garden in a glade of silver birch and oak trees with views of the countryside. The comfortable two room historic cottage features a rustic and romantic bedroom and bathroom. Includes morning after breakfast.

Tuhitarata Estate Homestead

Full hireage of the secluded Tuhitarata Estate homestead and gardens for two nights (2.00 pm Friday – 2:00 pm Sunday).

Includes full use of the homestead.  The handsome two storied country house in a park like setting, was built in the 1860s.  The magnificent stylish rooms are elegantly furnished and exude an intriguing atmosphere, reflecting the hidden history of the house as well as the owners’ own backgrounds.

This historic and grand home features a large formal dining room, large formal living room, conservatory, large country kitchen, scullery, media room, six bedrooms, 2 shared bathrooms 2 en-suite, one separate toilet and a facilities room.  Also includes a large patio off the formal lounge and a swimming pool.  Sleeps up to 12.

All rooms provide stunning views of the old English trees, the magnificent formal  Italianate gardens, the orchard, and the rural countryside and mountain ranges beyond.

Hireage of the Homestead allows for the additional option of holding the wedding ceremony within the formal gardens. Under the grand old oak or Lavender garden

Please note the Estate Homestead can only be hired for adults. (Not child friendly)


Transport to and from the venue can be arranged for your guests so that they do not have to drive.


Lacewood is a very picturesque location.  The private and secluded grounds offer backdrops of mature deciduous trees, native bush, and rural scenes.  In spring the glade that surrounds the barn is full of blossom, snowdrops, daffodils and blue bells. In autumn deciduous trees surrounding the barn are a patchwork of brilliant colour.  In winter the bare branches of the mature oaks, maples, birches and gingko trees offer a contrast to the magnificent kahikatea (the tallest of New Zealand’s forest trees) that are the backdrop to the barn.

Venue hire includes access to the Homestead’s large formal Italianate gardens for wedding party photos.  The extensive gardens includes 100 year old oaks and other specimen trees; formal Italianate ‘garden rooms’ which feature box parterres, stone walls and formal hedging; Apple Blossom and Judas tree avenues; a spectacular wildflower meadow in spring and summer; an orchard; and snowdrops, blue bells and daffodils in spring.  The surrounding farmland and the Rimutaka, Tararua and Haurangi Ranges provide an expansive and tranquil backdrop.

We recommend the following photographers : Siaosi Photography and FineLine Photography  These photographers have had experience photographing weddings at Lacewood and know the property and its buildings well.


We have teamed up with two reputable catering companies who have been hand picked to look after all your food, beverage and venue needs. Check out   and

they will be your main point of contact  speak with them directly about your specific requirements.


Your welcome to decorate the venue and choose entertainment of your choice.


Rehearsal can be scheduled with your celebrant from 3pm the day before your wedding.  The dining tables for your reception will be set up  prior to your arrival.  Ceremony site is set up the morning of your wedding.

The After Wedding Function

If your planning on having a brunch as a after wedding event and the numbers exceed 30,  You will need to hire the barn for 2 days.  This can be catered for by your selves or can be arranged with our preferred caterer.

Wedding Reviews

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