A luxury boutique lodge on a tranquil rural estate

Welcome to Hiwinui Country Estate and congratulations on your engagement.

Hiwinui Country Estate is a stunning wedding venue located on our private 1500 acre farm with sweeping views over the Manawatu and Ruahine ranges. Our exclusive intimate setting will ensure your wedding day is an unforgettable lifelong memory.

Whether you are planning a smaller, private wedding or a larger celebration we have the capacity to host up to 100 people in our ceremony area. If you wish to have a formal seated reception with us, the capacity in the main lodge can seat up to 30 people or 50 people as a cocktail style wedding. If your number of guests exceed this you will require a marquee.  We are a seasonal wedding venue with weddings booked from the beginning of December till end of April

Our location is just a short 15 minutes drive from the centre of Palmerston North making it an accessible drive, or a short helicopter flight in to arrive in style.

If you are planning your wedding day we would love to hear from you.

Wedding Ceremony


  • Exclusive venue hire of Hiwinui Country Estate from 3pm till 6:30pm
  • Complete set up and pack down of ceremony area
  • 30 white chairs
  • 4 white market umbrellas
  • 2 wine barrels with decorative candelabras
  • Registration table and chair
  • Easel for welcome sign
  • 6 Sheppard hooks for the isle
  • Music and PA System
  • Use of two fully stocked bathrooms
  • Meeting place for your rehearsal
  • Two meetings with your wedding manager and to assist with recommending vendors
  • Onsite wedding manager for your wedding ceremony
  • Table and Tablecloth for bar
  • 80 Champagne flutes and 2 glass water dispensers
  • Sunscreen and Insect repellent
  • Cake table and cake knife for cutting of the cake
  • Exclusive use of the property for photos while your guests mingle with canapés and drinks on Hiwinui’s veranda and deck.
  • Guests have access to the property from 3:00pm to arrive
  • Bridal party can have exclusive use of Hiwinui to get ready from 9am for cost of $500.
  • This package does not include catering and beverages. BYO/bottle disposal cost does apply of $150
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Wedding ceremony, reception & accommodation


  • The reception includes tables, tablecloths and chairs for up to 30 people seated in the main lodge or up to 50 people cocktail style.
  • Two night’s accommodation
  • First night’s accommodation, the night before your wedding in the Tree Tops apartment (sleeps 4 max) with continental breakfast provisions provided
  • Second nights accommodation in the Super King suite with cooked breakfast the morning after your wedding
  • Exclusive venue hire of Hiwinui Country Estate from 9am for bridal party to get ready on the day of your wedding
  • Grazing platter for lunch while getting ready
  • 1 bottle of bubbles
  • Complete set up and pack down of ceremony area with everything that is included in ceremony package
  • Access to Hiwinui the day before your ceremony to set up reception tables and decorations
  • Meeting place for your rehearsal
  • Two meetings with your wedding manager as well as assistance with recommending vendors such as Marquee hire, catering, etc
  • Onsite wedding manager ensuring your special day is stress free and everything is taken care of
  • Designated gift area with gifts taken to your room that evening
  • Use of three fully stocked toilets, serviced every 30 minuets during the evening
  • Last song plays at 11:30pm with guests departed by 12 midnight so you can enjoy your evening together and soak in the outdoor spa
  • This package does not include catering, beverages, set up of tables, decorations or marquee
  • BYO/bottle disposal cost does apply of $200
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The Elopement Package


Our elopement package at Hiwinui Country Estate is specifically designed for couples who are seeking an intimate celebration of their love for each other. Creating an unforgettable experience to remember forever with just the two of you.

We take the pressure of organising your wedding to deliver high attention to detail, ensuring this will be quality time spent in beautiful surroundings together on your special day.

The package includes:

  • Super King Suite for two nights
  • 2 hour exclusive venue hire of the lodge for your ceremony
  • Full set up and pack down of your ceremony, with your choice of location on the property
  • A trusted and experienced Marriage Celebrant to officiate your ceremony
  • One hour Photography package capturing your special day
  • Petite Wedding Cake
  • Bridal Bouquet and Button Hole
  • Bottle of bubbles
  • Grazing platter for dinner for two
  • Two witnesses for ceremony (if required)

Optional Extra’s

  • Extended photography package
  • Bridal hair and makeup
  • Helicopter flight
  • Queen suite Accommodation if you wish to bring two friends to celebrate with you
  • Additional guests (max 8) are who are not staying in our accommodation are welcome to attend your ceremony and have a glass of celebratory bubbles and grazing platter for $45 per person for the two hour ceremony hire time that is agreed on.

Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

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