Turanga Creek Vineyard
Love By the Vines
Whitford, Saturday, Feb 16
Romance And Nature
What can be more perfect than getting married under shade trees, looking out across rows of vines and rolling hills, imagining that you are somewhere in romantic Tuscany or Alsace? Turanga Creek’s boutique organic winery makes that a reality.
Just 30 minutes from central Auckland, the vineyard was built around stables, which adds to the charm, giving it an old world rustic feel. While the indoor dining area was extended recently to give ample room to hold weddings and the end-of-day after party for up to 60 guests.
Canapes are prepared by the Turanga Creek kitchen which has a commitment to using organic, bio-dynamic and seasonal ingredients in keeping with its certification as an organic winery.
Turanga Creek has one other charming feature – two border collies called Pineau and Grappa – lovely, well-behaved, child-friendly dogs if you’re happy to have them mingle with guests outside after the ceremony.
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Turanga Creek, Whitford, Feb 16
Celebrant – Sarah Bloxham
Photographer – Nicola Topping
Food – Turanga Creek
Bubbles – Crémant dÁlsace
Flowers – Branch + Bloom
Styling – Miss Hemingway
Up to 30 guests – 2 hours $6,995, 4 hours $11,990 incl gst
Extra guests, up to 30 – 2 hours $92pp, 4 hours $150pp incl gst
Catered After Party – From $2,995 incl gst (drinks extra)
Helicopter Arrival – POA
…Extend The Celebration
If you’d like the celebration to continue after the wedding itself, we’ll organise lunch or dinner at a nearby venue, or for the last wedding of the day you can book the catered after-party. Just let us know what you’d like.
Turanga Inspires Romance
Sarah Allen And Thomas Tesniere
Sarah and her partner Thomas found romance after meeting at Turanga Creek three years ago when Thomas came to intern as a winemaker. Today they run the family operation, and day-to-day Thomas works as the chef delivering a sharing style menu with influences from home in Brittany, France.
Turanga Creek itself began as a landscaping idea. Wayne and Mandy Allen purchased the property 20 years ago when it was a rundown stud farm and decided to plant a small vineyard – just over 1/2 a hectare. It grew into what it is today – 8 hectares planted in a variety of vines from the Rhone Valley including Pinot Gris, Viognier, Merlot, Malbec and Syrah. Their “Down to Earth” philosophy is about getting back to nature’s roots and creating a sustainable property based on organic principles.