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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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'ALL IN ONE' Destination Wedding Venue in Nature's Paradise

Experience the wedding of your dreams

RiverRidge Retreat is one of New Zealand's few 'real' destination wedding venues. Come to this majestic retreat with family and friends and experience a destination wedding in nature's paradise. We are located in the beautiful Catlins, South Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand.

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A - Ceremony

Amazing options to choose from surrounded by nature. For example rivers, native bush, birds, green fields and rolling farm land, lakes, sandy white beaches, waterfalls, rustic charm, seal life, bush life, flower gardens, and native gardens.

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B - Reception

The RiverRidge Retreat reception centre was built to blend in with the native bush environment and the large windows and folding doors open up to this wonderful view. The centre itself includes a large seating dining area, with wooden dining tables and chairs, dance floor, fully equipped commercial kitchen and bar area, and a large covered deck to cool off on during the summer.

C - Accommodation and Venue

The RiverRidge Retreat venue can sleep up to 80 guests in quality accommodation. We can help to organise additional accommodation for more guests, in nearby quality facilities.

D - Wedding Planning

Choose from three levels of wedding planning with New Zealand's most trusted wedding planner – Adele Dawkins

E - Catering

Delicious menu choices from RiverRidge Weddings own highly experienced chefs. Alternatively bring your own caterers. Pre-booked meals are available on the Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday morning, and Sunday lunch.

F - Alcohol and Beverages

Different arrangements can be made to suit you. BYO is an option.

G - Wedding Party and Guest Activity Options

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
  8. And more...

H - The Stunning Catlins and All Its Majestic Attractions

The Catlins is renowned for its variety of beauty – from the rugged Catlins coastline to hidden waterfalls. From native bush bird life, to sea-lions basking in the sun on sandy white beaches.

I - Transport

Transport from the airport to RiverRidge Retreat and transport from RiverRidge Retreat to the airport. Transport is also available from the retreat to other accommodation facilities.

J - Amazing Photo Opportunities

Sandy white beaches, native bush canopies, spectacular waterfalls, rustic charm, rugged coastline, green fields – you name it – we have it here in the Catlins!

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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 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, 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

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

Absolutely wonderful wedding venue!!!

Yoska and Karel

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

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