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Why Get Married at RiverRidge Weddings
in the RiverRidge Retreat Venue?

Our Unique X Factor Points

The RiverRidge Retreat X Factors that differentiates it from any other NZ venue...

  1. Have your most special day last for two days, with all your loved ones right here with you the entire time! This is one of the most important and special times of your lives – you have invested so much time, energy and finances into having your dream wedding – so make sure it is not over quickly!
    The RiverRidge Retreat venue has a capacity of 140 people in the Function Centre and can sleep up to 80 people. Nearby accommodation can cater for more.
  2. Have your dream wedding the exact way you have always dreamed it to be - here, your wedding package is 100% PERSONALISED to yours and your fiancée’s wants!
  3. Have the planning process EASY and FUN rather than full of stress! We take care of it all for you - satisfaction 100% guaranteed! Adele, is recognised as NZ's most Trusted Wedding Planner and Coordinator and your guarantee is her reputation!
  4. Have your dream wedding Ceremony, Reception, and Accommodation all at the one venue - making it so much simpler for you and your guests! Have everything organised: catering, photos, make up, decorations, invitations, hair - if you like.
  5. Have your dream wedding at the venue which is regarded as NZ's best Value for Money venue in NZ!
  6. Have your dream wedding at one of NZ's only unspoiled and untouched areas remaining - the Stunning Catlins, among Nature's Paradise!
  7. Personalised payment options!
  8. Have your very own RiverRidge Dream wedding formula, individualised to you.
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RiverRidge Weddings are held at RiverRidge Retreat, a venue in the stunning Catlins located in the South Island of New Zealand.

We are a true destination wedding venue with a wide range of accommodation at the venue and many beautiful locations nearby including the waterfalls, long sandy beaches, rainforests and many other natural wonders.

We are the Southern Most Retreat in the World!

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Our venue is ideal for overseas couples with their friends and family wanting to have a very special wedding in New Zealand.

Gary and Adele Dawkins, who bought the Retreat after getting married here, will take care of your every need to help you have the wedding of your dreams.

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Adele is also a wedding planner who has planned over a 100 successful weddings and can help you plan your wedding, with you, while you are overseas in any country from America to the UK, so that everything is taken care off when you have your wedding at RiverRidge Retreat here in New Zealand.

Why is the Catlins Region your Best Choice?

The Catlins is located in South Otago in the southern part of the South Island of New Zealand. It is well known for its stunning natural beauty including majestic coastal cliffs, waterfalls, coves, sandy bays, white beaches, rainforests and rivers.

This makes the Catlins an ideal place for your destination wedding as you can include many of these natural wonders in your weddings photos and make a vacation of your wedding if you so wish.

The Catlins is really a hidden gem full of unspoilt nature.

What activities can you enjoy here?

The activities include, at the Southern Most Retreat In The World;

  1. Scenic Water Falls Tour
  2. The Rare Yellow Eyed Penguin and Sea Lion Tour
  3. Catlins Tour by Horse Back
  4. Beautiful Catlins Rainforest Kayaking Tour
  5. The Majestic Cathedral Caves Tour
  6. Scenic Catlins Mountain Bike Tour
  7. Beautician treatments and therapeutic massages

Where Are We in the Catlins?

Check out the map below to see where our wedding venue is located in the beautiful Catlins.


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What Do Brides Say About Us?

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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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