the styled west
Scenic Drive North,
2020-21 Nov 27,
Dec 11,Jan 8,jan 22,
Feb 5,feb 19, Mar 5 & Mar 19
Capacity – 120 people
Photography by Nicola Topping, Emma Keirle, Lionel Tan
GET AWAY FROM IT ALL
Couples wanting a thoroughly-New Zealand luxury wedding have a new option – Tui Hills, nestled in the Waitakere Ranges. Opening in May/June, the former Cassels has undergone full refurbishment. From the floors to the ceilings, the lighting to the seating and tables, from the garden to the entranceway and carpark, no detail has been overlooked.
Whilst many venues have gardens, no other venue offers quite the feeling of seclusion, of being nestled in amongst established native ferns and palms in the Kowhai Glade. And even in the harshest sun, or in the rain, that native garden ambience can be enjoyed. The Nikau Pavilion, with its huge, high canopy and polished aggregate floor brings the indoors outdoors. Surrounded by ferns and other native planting, couples can marry or hold their reception in evergreen surroundings with a summer feel, even in winter.
The natural garden theme is reflected indoors also, with a ceiling garden feature, and an original Tui painting by the artist Flox, in the Nectar Room. Even the dance floor has been revamped, with new lighting and acoustic panels to improve sound quality.
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The Wedding Couple
Ruth Carpenter & Kevin Townsend, Owners
Ruth and Kevin have a simple ambition – to make weddings the fun experience they were always supposed to be. Inspired by the difficulty they had in organising their own wedding, they created the Simply Wed experience in 2018 and bought the stunning Tui Hills as their flagship venue in early 2019.
“Wedding should be about love, and the joining of two hearts, not stressing over the colour of table cloths,” says Ruth. “We believe marriage couples need to have much more fun and much less stress. Tui Hills is the perfect venue for that.”
1012 Scenic Drive North