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What Do Brides and Grooms Say About RiverRidge Weddings?

When we say that RiverRidge Weddings is the best choice for your New Zealand wedding, we mean it.

But don't take our word for it, just watch and read some of the many brides that have had their dream wedding turn into reality with RiverRidge Weddings.

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Mel-and-Ben We can not thank you and Gary enough for your hospitality and letting us have our 2nd big day down there!

Everyone could not stop saying how beautiful it is there and specially my mother in law, auntie and Ben were so so impressed and amazed, makes me very proud to have come from such a stunning part of the country!

For the most beautiful venue and location to have our special day at. You have done such an amazing job to get the retreat looking as fab as it does now.

We truly had the most wonderful day! Enormous thanks from the whole family xxx

Anyway again, thank you so much, Shelley's photos are amazing and that is with huge thanks to you as well for having such a stunning venue so thank you for making our day everything it was and more!

Mel and Ben, NZ

This was going to be the most memorable day of my life. I wanted a wedding planner who listened to me and who I could trust.

As soon as I met Adele, when she drove all the way to Christchurch to meet me, I knew she was the perfect wedding planner for me. So genuine, yet so professional. You took all the planning stress away and made it easy and fun.

Thanks so much Adele. Looking forward to our next coffee catch up.

Ann – Marie Flannery, Christchurch, NZ

To Gary and Adele,
Just a card to thank you both very much for a great weekend for Michele and Steve’s wedding.

Joy and Alan Brown

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

Thanks so much for doing all the little things that others don’t do.

All that you did for us didn’t go unnoticed Adele.

It was a fun, easy and exciting few months of planning thanks to you.

Katie and Geoff, Taupo, NZ

What an awesome venue for such an occasion – perfect!

A and E Lindsay

All of our planning was done with Adele over Skype. This was because we lived in Australia and desperately wanted to get married at the sought after RiverRidge Retreat destination wedding venue in the South Island of NZ.

Adele and I would Skype on a weekly basis for a solid 4 months. I always looked forward to these Skype calls because Adele would update me on progress.

Our wedding was planned to precision, even down to getting all our guests over from Australia.

Lesley Thomas, Melbourne, Australia

Absolutely wonderful wedding venue!!!

Yoska and Karel

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

My husband and I wanted a destination wedding venue within New Zealand.

RiverRidge Retreat was the amazing venue and the Catlins is a great destination – NZ's best kept secret

Back with Nature, just perfect.

Kimberly Walker, Auckland, NZ

Our wedding lasted 3 days, all our loved ones were with us at the retreat the entire time.

We were allowed to BYO (a huge bonus), the food was delicious, and we got amazing photos with such great contrast.

Sandy white beaches, water falls, tree canopy’s, rugged coastline shots. It was such a special time. Thanks Adele.

Jo and Sam Anderson, Invercargill, NZ

Our celebrations went all night long – the no closing time at RiverRidge Retreat was a great plus for us and our friends.

And there flexible payment plans meant we could afford to have an awesome wedding.

7 months on and Kane and I still can't stop talking about the special celebrations we had at RiverRidge Retreat.

Monica and Kane Treeby, Hamilton, NZ

Hi Adele and Gary. Thanks for helping to make our wedding so amazing.

We decided to write this card to let you know all the things you did that helped make our wedding day and weekend so special.

This is what we came up with…

- You always had all the answers to our many thousand questions in the months leading up and you were so willing to help. This made the planning easy.

- You let us party with our loved ones all night long (lots of Sunday morning headaches, LOL’s).

- We could have all our family and close friends stay on site with us for the weekend.

- The weekly payment installments which we started 11 months ago made it all possible.

- The guys had a blast with the clay target shooting and the girls loved the beauty treatments (just a pity we didn’t have time to try some of your other many activity options).

- Your chef Mark was happy to customise the food to suit. Mark also called us on three separate occasions to discuss all our food needs.

- Shelly was an outstanding photographer. We must send you some of our photos.

- Your one stop shop meant it was so easy for us get everything we needed, e.g: decorations.

Anyway guys, there are lots more we could waffle on about – can’t thank you enough!

Hope you guys enjoy this wee ‘thank you' gift.

Katie and Tom Bennett, Christchurch, 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.

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