Makoura Lodge Country Wedding Venue

Celebrate your wedding day surrounded by native bush, singing birds and pristine views at one of Manawatu's most beautiful country wedding venues, just one hour's scenic drive from Palmerston North. 

We offer a complete Wedding Venue with everything you need in one location: indoor/outdoor ceremony area, reception for up to 110 guests, accommodation, delicious food and a fully stocked bar (licensed to 3am.)

The team at Makoura Lodge will strive to give you outstanding, country hospitality and help to create the best day of your life.


Ceremony areas

Exchange vows in our garden, specifically designed as a ceremony area, or embrace the indoor rustic charm of Makoura Lodge.

After your ceremony enjoy refreshments with your guests in this secluded paradise. Picnic tables can be utilised and lawn sports provided for entertainment.  




reception venue & beverage

Our reception facilities can cater up to 110 seated guests in our Lodge. We offer an extensive range of buffet menu options, with organic, fresh produce sourced from our vegetable garden where possible. We have a variety of beverages available at our bar.

To view our beverage list click here

exclusive weekend use

No need to be out of our venue by midnight. When you book a wedding at Makoura Lodge, we offer the venue from Friday afternoon until late Sunday morning, after a cooked breakfast with all your guests. You might like to try out some of our fun activities or provide them as entertainment for your guests.

wedding Accommodation

We offer exclusive use of our; Lodge Accommodation, Glenluce Homestead, Burnside cottage, Glamping tent and our Riverside Honeymoon suite for your wedding, which can sleep a total of 61 guests. Your bridal party and family may like to stay the night before your Wedding to enjoy spending more quality time together. With over 30 guests staying, we offer a group discount rate of $57pp/night, otherwise standard pricing applies.



Winter weddings 

From the beginning of June to the end of August take 25% off your Wedding management fee! During the winter months we do not have minimum guest numbers so you can enjoy an intimate, boutique type wedding.

Don't worry if it raining; you have the option of getting married in front of our beautiful open fire and can have photos in our rustic woolshed. Snow on the Ruahine Range provides a stunning photographic backdrop. 

“People have not stopped commenting on the venue, they thought the food, management, team, location and place was amazing - just thought I’d let you know, because you guys did an amazing job and Jamie and I are so very thankful!!! So THANK YOU.
— Monique and Jamie Harris
Dear Kimberley and Chris and the rest of Makoura Lodge staff, thank you so much for being such amazing hosts for our wedding day. All of our guest kept commenting how it was the best wedding they had ever attended, that is all thanks to you guys, we cannot thank you enough!!
— Regards Chelsea & Michael

Thank you all so much for playing an enormous part in making our wedding day the best day of our lives! We can’t recommend you and your beautiful venue enough, we’re already thinking of excuses to come back and stay!
(We’ve had a million comments about the food and dessert, it was beyond!! We’re all still dreaming of the brownie and raspberry coulis!)
— Matty & Alice Hicks


Click to enlarge our wedding gallery photos.