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About Riverridge Weddings

About RiverRidge Weddings

RiverRidge Weddings in Nature's Paradise are regarded as New Zealand's premier weddings because of several 'special' unique points;

The unique points;

  1. RiverRidge Weddings are 'one stop shop' weddings! We have made it so simple and easy for you. The RiverRidge Retreat venue is an 'all in one' venue, with ceremony options, reception and accommodation. RiverRidge Weddings specialise in professional wedding planning, all catering requirements, alcohol, invitations, flowers, decorations, photography, hair and makeup, wedding party and guests activities and much more. RiverRidge Weddings even have an on-line wedding shop! It makes it so simple and FUN for you!
  2. Party all night long – that's right, no closing time – and what's more BYO is available. We want you to celebrate for as long as you want to on such a special day.
  3. Have your wedding last for 3 days! Why? Because all too often, it's over to fast. RiverRidge Weddings in nature's paradise enables you and your family and friends to stay for three days, and two nights, for the price of one!
  4. RiverRidge Wedding planning with Adele Dawkins – is recognised as New Zealand's most trusted wedding planner – you get to choose (out of three levels) the amount of wedding planning help you would like.
  5. NZ's Premier 'Destination' Wedding Venue – Experience a destination wedding amongst nature's paradise at RiverRidge Retreat, in the stunning Catlins. Have the entire 15 acres of paradise exclusive to you and your family and friends for 3 days. Everything is here plus more, that makes RiverRige Retreat New Zealand's premier destination wedding venue.
  6. 100% individualised wedding packages – RiverRidge wedding packages provide you with huge value for money. Adele works closely with you to ensure the package is 100% right for YOU!
  7. Flexible payment options – We know the wedding bill can stack up – it is for this reason why we find a payment method that suits you.
  8. The unique RiverRidge Wedding Formula ensures you your guaranteed dream wedding – see below...
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100% NO RISK GUARANTEE! To make your decision even easier, Adele has come up with a guarantee for you that takes away any of the unforeseen events that may pop up.

This guarantee is truly AMAZING and Adele guarantees it will take away any wedding planning stress. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Call Adele NOW (0800 777 387) to find out what this guarantee is – you will be 'blown away'!

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If you have problems using the form below, please email us at adeleandgary@riverridgeretreat.co.nz

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We absolutely loved our wedding down there, it was perfect.

It really felt like it was about us. We had the whole venue to ourselves for the whole weekend.

The guests are still talking about what an amazing day it was!

Renae from Otago

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How To Find RiverRidge Retreat – Natures Paradise…

Getting here is easy! We are far enough to get away from it all, but not too far to get here!...

Drive 10kms south of Owaka on the Papatowai Highway.
Look for the Catlins River Walk sign, turn at the Catlins River Walk sign and drive 3.5 km to us.

You know you are getting close as you drive on the gravel road with the beautiful Catlins River on your right, birds, wildlife, sheep and cattle surround you at differing times of the year.

Look for the Catlins River Walk sign, turn at the Catlins River Walk sign and drive 3.5 km to us.

When you come from the south you are treated to a panoramic view of the Houipapa and Tawanui Valleys in the Catlins. After winding down what is known as Gibbs hill, the sign you are looking for is within a kilometre from the bottom of the hill.

Our Venue & Catlins

Click the icon below to watch a video showing our venue and some of the stunning Catlins beauty spots.

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These are just some of the many brides that are delighted with RiverRidge Weddings.

You can click on one of the thank you letter photos below to see the full size version.

I found RiverRidge Retreat to be the ideal venue for Tony and my wedding.

It enabled us to have all of our family and friends, accommodated on site.

We ended up having 60 of our closest stay with us at the retreat for three days – such a very special time.

Our other guests stayed in nearby accommodation.

A big thanks to Adele and Gary for their amazing help to make our dream wedding day.

Maria Jones, Dunedin, NZ

Adele helped to make our wedding so unique and special to us.

She customised everything and made it such a personal experience.

Her communication and organisation made the planning simple.

We always had full confidence in her.

Rachel and Steve Cook, Queenstown, Central Otago

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