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, activities if you wish and a wide range of beverages.

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

Please read below for a brief overview or download our wedding brochure for full information and pricing.



Ceremony areas

Exchange vows in our native gardens, specifically designed as a ceremony area, or embrace the indoor rustic charm of Makoura Lodge. The indoor option provides a reassuring 'plan B' if bad weather prevails.

After your ceremony enjoy refreshments with your guests in our beautiful surroundings or inside the main lodge. Lawn sports are provided for guest entertainment or choose from many other entertainment options here- activities




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 fresh produce sourced from our vegetable garden. We have a variety of beverages available at our character bar. We also allow 2 bottles of BYO per 10 guests at a corkage rate of $12 per bottle.

A minimum number of 60 adult guests apply in our peak season. Enjoy small, intimate weddings in our winter months.

make your wedding, a wedding weekend

When you book a wedding at Makoura Lodge, we offer exclusive use of our venue and accommodation for your Wedding day & night. The following day, enjoy coming back to the lodge for a country, cooked breakfast with your wedding guests.

On your wedding night, there is no need to be out of our venue by midnight as we are licensed to 2am* and being only surrounded in farmland we have no noise restrictions.                  * conditions apply

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 62 guests. Your bridal party and family may like to stay the night before your wedding to enjoy spending more quality time together and enjoy getting prepared for your wedding onsite. Minimum staying guest numbers do apply (see terms and conditions).


Winter weddings 

From the beginning of June to the end of August take 25% off your venue hire and service fee! During the winter months we do not have minimum guest numbers so you can enjoy an intimate, boutique type wedding. With vendors, friends and family generally more available in the winter, winter weddings are known to be easier to plan!

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

see what a wedding at makoura looks like- Mikalah & Rory’s

special day

Film David Le
Photo Toni Larsen

“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 & 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
Thanks to you all at Makoura Lodge for making Caitlin and Dales wedding such an amazing experience. Your organisation and attention to detail made everything run so smoothly. The food, accommodation, and views are only surpassed by the friendliness of the staff.
— Chris Montgomery-Hall
Thanks to you and all the staff at Makoura Lodge for providing a stunning venue, fantastic food and helping everything run smoothly on our wedding day. All day our family and friends raved about how relaxing it was at the lodge and they all loved the pre-wedding clay bird shooting and golf. I can honestly say i would not change a thing about our day and I would highly recommend Makoura Lodge as the perfect wedding venue.
— Meredith & Lukas Krieger


Click to enlarge our wedding gallery photos.