The perfect Wairarapa Wedding venue to say ‘I Do’

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa is a stunning country-style wedding venue in Martinborough, Wairarapa.

Whether you are planning a small, private wedding or celebrating with many we are here to help. Our venue has the ability to host up to 120 people for your ceremony and reception.

Brackenridge believes that every wedding is as individual as you. Our role is to provide you with a beautiful setting and friendly personal service. From the very first time we meet to the end of your big day, our dedicated wedding coordinator will liaise with you to make your wedding planning a dream.

Brackenridge has been designed for weddings. Our onsite day spa means you don’t have to travel far for all those little last minute treatments. From nails to massages let our spa therapists look after you.

Additionally there is no need for your guests to travel elsewhere for their accommodation. We have 8 x two bedroom cottages, 2 x four bedroom cottages and 8 studios available for you, accommodating up to 64 guests onsite. All guests receive complimentary continental breakfast provisions, they also get full use of our indoor heated lap pool and gym.

Extend your wedding celebrations with a post wedding brunch. Our sunny veranda and lawn space makes a wonderful area to catch up with guests the day after your wedding. The main centre, veranda and garden area can be hired from 9.30am – 12.30pm.


Venue Hire

Venue Hire

We want to make your wedding as stress free as possible - so we make our wedding venue hire include everything you need.

  • Exclusive use of all facilities: foyer, banquet room, both verandahs, wedding lounge and storage room until 12.30am (Bar closes midnight)
  • Complete table setup
  • Function Manager and bar staff
  • An experienced Wedding Coordinator
  • Onsite Wedding rehearsal
  • Parking for up to 100 cars plus one bus
  • Use of wooden tables, chairs, lounge furniture, crockery, cutlery, linen napkins & tablecloths for reception. Seating for up to 120 guests (options and pricing for more guests available)
  • Easel for signage and Lectern
  • Tealights for the room (6 per table and mantlepieces)
  • Ceiling and Wall fairy lights in the banquet room
  • Fully stocked bathrooms, which are serviced every 20 minutes during the wedding

High Season Venue Hire

Capture the amazing white roses in our lush green gardens on our ceremony lawn. The rolling hills and late sunsets provide the perfect backdrop for photographs while the rest of your guests enjoy drinks in the covered verandah.

Venue hire is done by year, please enquire for pricing.

Low Season Venue Hire

Take advantage of the best season for photographs, theming and use of our open fires for a cosy reception.

Venue hire is done by year, please enquire for pricing.

We had such a lovely day at Brackenridge.
I would honestly like to thank Courtnay and the staff. You really made the whole day so enjoyable. I can tell the Brackenridge team worked hard to have everything perfected because the wedding was flawless and we spent the day enjoying the celebrations and didn’t have to worry about anything as it was all taken care of. All the staff were lovely and friendly to work with, the accommodation was great. I can’t think of a bad thing to say! The venue was so beautiful, I knew I didn’t have to worry about not seeing it in person when I booked it because I had so many friends who had been there telling me how great it was.

Jenni & Phil, February 2020

Highly recommend Brackenridge as a wedding venue, Courtnay and the team looked after us so well and took all the stress away from our day.  The cottages on site were beautiful and very clean.We had the most wonderful day and are so grateful we chose Brackenridge as our venue.  You guys are the best.

Kayla & Alex, January 2020

Overall the day was fantastic and we had several guests comment on the set up and the venue itself. The staff were perfect, especially Courtnay! The decorations she pulled together with the flowers we gave her matched our vision perfectly, and really added to our day.We really appreciated her input into planning, as she raised things we hadn’t considered and her experience was invaluable. Everything ran really smoothly on the day, and we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing everything was under control.We would not hesitate to suggest Brackenridge as a venue to friends and family, thank you again!

Caroline & Tom, January 2020

We both really enjoyed working with both Courtnay and Brackenridge. Courtnay’s approach made the overall wedding planning process light hearted, while maintaining professionalism, during what could usually be a stressful time.  Having our wedding at Brackenridge allowed us to combine the ceremony, reception and accommodation all into one and reduce the stress during this time.

Maggie & Sam,
December 2019

The day was just perfect (including the weather!) – I have nothing negative to say about any aspect of it. Everyone said what a great wedding it was.All of the staff were super helpful and efficient. Our accommodation was super amazing and the beds were incredibly comfortable. I loved the little touches Courtnay added to Tyler and I’s cottage for the wedding night. There were genuinely no dramas whatsoever on the day and I was very relaxed thanks to Courtnay and the rest of the staff.

Kelsey & Tyler,
November 2019

The day was perfect, we have had so many comments on what a perfect wedding it was. I was getting a little stressed going into the day but Courtnay took care of everything so seamlessly, her and the team were absolute superstars and were so chill about everything – just what I needed!All our accommodation swapping and time changing etc was dealt with quickly and painlessly. The venue was beautiful – those roses were scrumptious and the backdrop of sheep/sunset was just quintessential New Zealand – I loved it.There are not many venues where guests can stay onsite and that is something we had really wanted so we were super stoked to find Brackenridge.

Ceallaigh & Nate,
November 2019

Brackenridge is a homely, romantic, down to earth luxury establishment.If you want a wedding where the whole family can stay on site in an exclusive part of beautiful Martinborough, Brackenridge is the place.Courtnay and the team have organising and executing weddings down to such a fine art they made the whole experience a breeze for us. Our wedding day was truly magical and we will be forever grateful.

Erika & Max,
October 2019

We cannot recommend this venue highly enough! Courtnay and all the team were simply fantastic. From the minute we first meet with Courtnay she was so excited for us, she followed through on every conversation, recommended excellent vendors to work with us, was helpful and made our wedding vision come true. Even when we had to change the ceremony spot due to the weather she dealt with things so well, made me feel completely at ease and it turned out even better than we had hoped for!Cannot thank you enough for making our special day…fabulous! We cannot wait to come back every year for our anniversary.

Michelle & Jason,
October 2019

Planning a wedding from Sydney is no easy task but Courtnay and the team made the whole experience super easy and made me feel at ease knowing that everything was going to come together well.The wedding day was just magical ,they did an amazing job setting everything up just beautifully. All our wedding guest were super happy and loved the accommodation.Would 1000% recommend having a wedding at Brackenridge or even just staying a weekend away. Thank you so much team you outdid yourselves.

Holly & Marcus,
September 2019

Our wedding at Brackenridge was a dream come true!Courtnay did a fantastic job as our wedding planner and was able to understand and deliver to the vision we had. Her team was also fantastic making it everything we wanted and more.Tom and I feel very lucky and grateful for their hard work and ability to make our day unforgettable. Thank you!

Claudia & Tom,
April 2019

From start to finish, our experience was nothing but positive. We had a great time on the day, Courtnay made the planning process an absolute dream and the way she dealt with my endless questions I take my hat off to her. Everything on the day was incredible and went perfectly to plan.  Sue ensured the wedding went like clockwork on the day. I just want to say a big thank you to Courtnay, Sue and the rest of the team for making our special day even more special than what we could have hoped for.

Amy & Kupa,
September 2019

Everyone was such a pleasure to work with and were so professional and discreet, I hardly noticed them on the evening.You can tell Sue and her team have been doing this for a while! Everything went seamlessly and if anything went wrong we had no idea! All of the guests had an amazing time and raved about the venue and the food. The brunch the next day also went really smoothly and the set up was perfect, thanks again!Everyone loved the accommodation facilities and the setting and we are so glad we chose Brackenridge for our wedding and we look forward to coming back to stay in the future.

Adele & Chris,
March 2019

Dan and I trusted you and your staff from the beginning to help us pull off the best wedding – and you absolutely delivered. Our family and friends are still telling us how much they love the venue and atmosphere. We honestly could not have asked for a better day, and cannot thank you enough.We honestly cannot thank you all enough for pulling off our perfect wedding day – Dan and I are so lucky we chose you.

Caitlin & Dan,
November 2018


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