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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  4.00 pm Friday – 3:00 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
  • 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 kitchen, men’s and women’s toilets, a PA system, space for a live band etc. Venue hire includes the provision of flowers for front entrance, registry, gift and cake tables.


While there are many accommodation options close by to suit all price brackets, Lacewood can provide accommodation for up to 22 people, plus the Honeymoon cottage.  Should you also decide to hire Tuhitarata Homestead, you would be able to accommodate up to 33 family and friends plus the honeymoon cottage.

The Cottage

Three bedrooms (sleeps up to eight). Charming historic cottage. Beautifully renovated with lovely cottage garden. Fully equipped.

The Shearers Quarters

Can sleep up to 10. Has five bedrooms with en-suites all with own external access. Shared lounge/kitchen and laundry. Panoramic views to the countryside.

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 (4.00 pm Friday – 3:00 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, library, conservatory, large country kitchen, scullery, media room (includes foldout double bed), six bedrooms, four bathrooms, one separate toilet and a facilities room.  Also includes a large patio off the formal lounge and a swimming pool.  Sleeps up to 16.

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.

Please note the Estate Homestead can only be hired for adults.


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.


All Lacewood weddings are exclusively catered by Lacewood’s catering company. We have an extensive list of menu options to choose from. If you desire something different, we can meet with you to tailor a menu to suit your requirements, so please don’t hesitate to ask.


Barn decoration and theming is available, if required.

Rehearsal or Night Before Celebratory Dinner

Many brides and grooms like to enjoy a rehearsal or pre-wedding dinner that allows the wedding party to relax the evening before the wedding.  Lacewood offers the option of a dinner for the wedding party (max 14 people) in the elegant main dining room at the Estate Homestead or outside in the formal garden or orchard.  We can also arrange pre or post wedding events at our partner business, the Royal Hotel in Featherston. The Royal Hotel has spectacular function rooms, formal or alfresco dining options and a full bar and restaurant. We’re happy to discuss options to suit your requirements.


Breakfast in the barn for those staying on site is available as an option.  There are also many breakfasting options available in nearby Martinborough, Greytown or Featherston. You may wish to organise a pre-wedding or post-wedding function at the Royal Hotel in Featherston (

The After Wedding Function

You are welcome to hold an after wedding brunch or BBQ the next day at Lacewood. Our caterers would be happy to help you provision for this should you so wish.


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