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Plan dream wedding

Adele Dawkins, New Zealand's most trusted wedding planner.

Plan Dream Wedding


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Get married at our venue in Nature's Paradise, RiverRidge Retreat.

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Adele from RiverRidge Weddings is passionate about planning dream weddings.

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Dream Otago wedding packages for 2019

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"Brand NEW 'Dream wedding packages' available. Contact Adele now by filling out the contact form, to view the best option for you. Now only 13 7 available." - Adele

Why Choose RiverRidge Weddings? Watch the Video!

RiverRidge Weddings are proud to be leading the Weddings Venue Industry on both exceptional Quality and outstanding Value for Money. In addition to this, take a look at the other reasons why RiverRidge Weddings are NZ’s premier provider of Dream Weddings

Unique X Factor Points

7 reasons why you should get married with RiverRidge Weddings at the RiverRidge Retreat Venue

  1. An amazing Personalised Wedding Package Deal! - Have your dream wedding the exact way you have always dreamed it to be - to yours and your fiancée’s wants! After chatting with you, we will present you with a 100% individualised ‘dream wedding’ package, that matches your precise wants.
  2. Yours and Your Guests Ultra Memorable Wedding Story! You have the option of the celebration being about the two of you for three whole days (why invest so many resources for it to be all finished after just a few hours?) AND your guests are treated to a pristine venue, for three days, where they receive exceptional value - imagine what they will think!
    (n.b: There are one, two and three day options plus Elopement options)
  3. Easy, Simple and Fun For You! After all, it’s your celebration, so the build up also needs to be easy, fun and stress free. The most trusted professionals have all come together to take the pressure off your shoulders. Your guarantee is our reputation!
  4. All In One Venue! Your dream wedding Ceremony, Reception, Accommodation (sleep up to 80) and activities are all at the one location. This enables the day to flow seamlessly for you and your guests. Have everything organised: catering, photos, make up, decorations, invitations, hair - if you like.
  5. Beautiful! 15 acres of pristine grounds; numerous magical ceremony sites; a new elegant Reception centre; all in the heart of the stunning Catlin’s. Have your dream wedding at one of NZ's only unspoiled and untouched areas remaining.
  6. Flexible payment options..
  7. Have your very own RiverRidge Dream wedding formula, individualised to you. RiverRidge weddings can guarantee you will be 110% (+) ‘overjoyed’ with your wedding, and with the EASY process involved in the time leading up to your Special day(s). Take a look at the 9 steps that together (you and the RiverRidge team) will pass through to achieve your ultimate RESULT – Your DREAM WEDDING! RiverRidge Dream wedding formula RiverRidge Dream wedding formula.
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Welcome to RiverRidge Weddings

RiverRidge Weddings are held at RiverRidge Retreat in Nature's Paradise.

The RiverRidge Retreat is regarded as New Zealand's premier 'destination' wedding venue. The retreat is the Southern most retreat in the world, located in an idyllic setting in the heart of the Catlins.

Nestled beside the Catlins River and beneath gorgeous native bush ridges, the Retreat is positioned on 15 acres of beautifully groomed grounds with its majestic outlook and peaceful surrounds, it is simply a slice of paradise.

RiverRidge RetReat - The Southern Most Retreat in the World!

This major drawcard brings couples from all over the world, to RiverRidge Retreat for their special day. It is a very popular 'destination' wedding venue for overseas couples, NZ couples, both in the North and South Island of New Zealand.

Nature's Paradise in the Catlins

Various wedding photos in the Catlins, Otago.
Bride and groom walking over bridge in the Catlins
Bride, groom and guests on a Catlins beach
Bride and groom in Catlins forest
Running on a beach in the Catlins

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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The Catlins is a major highlight (a hidden gem) on the East Coast of the South Island, New Zealand. The Catlins is on an area of great contrasts and natural beauty with an abundance of extraordinary wildlife.

From magnificent coastal cliffs and headlands, long white beaches, caves and sandy bays to beautiful native rain forests, waterfalls, rivers, valleys, hidden lakes, and rolling green pastures. The Catlins is a fascinating unspoilt rugged place off the beaten track, with so much to see and do.

Adele Dawkins

Hi there, my name is Adele and I look after all of the RiverRidge Weddings.

I have one major focus – and this is to do all I can to help you experience the wedding you have always dreamed of.

I can help you with as much or as little of your wedding preparation as you choose.

You can find out a lot more about me on our wedding planning page.

I would love to meet with you.

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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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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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Why does RiverRidge Weddings stand out from the rest?

One of the reasons is we have many brides who are happy to tell the world about their fantastic wedding experiences, from the planning with Adele all the way through to their dream wedding at our RiverRidge Retreat venue in Nature's Paradise.


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

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.

Mel and Ben, NZ

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.

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

Maria Jones, Dunedin, 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.

- Shelley Povey 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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