Venue – Te Toki Retreat
A Wedding Oasis
Couples have been exchanging vows on New Zealand’s subtropical Waiheke Island for decades with its lush valleys, gorgeous vistas and hidden coastal nooks all providing a backdrop of natural beauty to enhance your wedding day. Less than an hour from Auckland by ferry, this beautiful island escape has many prized locations where the perfect wedding can take place, but none have the luxurious, multi-faceted benefits of those lovingly built into Te Toki Retreat.
Tucked into the hills near Palm Beach on the north side of Waiheke, Te Toki Retreat expands deceptively from the road to expose a broad variety of unique details rarely found in one venue. The 6-acre property overflows with sculptured gardens and manicured lawns, offering beautiful views from every window and direction. Just coming up the drive, you’ll be entranced by the picturesque sweeping Ceremony Lawn just to the right, while to the left trails climb amidst the dramatic native bush and lush tropical gardens.
This well-planned property is ideal for families coming together in matrimony, with two expansive houses that can sleep up to twenty-four people in style and comfort. While one family of up to twelve occupies the Te Toki Retreat House’s five bedrooms and two bathrooms, the other can escape up a brief trail to the Te Toki Guest House with another five bedrooms and three bathrooms in a modern two-storey, open-plan layout.
Both houses are comfortable and very well appointed; the expansive Retreat House is the focal point for most events. Closest to the Ceremony Lawn and boasting an ample kitchen for catering, it’s surrounded by beautiful decks and a stunning indoor/outdoor fireplace said by many guests to be the heart of the Retreat. The recently renovated hearth, with a wood-fired pizza oven, is the largest on the Island and is a gorgeous gathering spot at any point during your stay. Behind the house there’s a large, lush area for the marquee – ideal for formal and informal marquee-covered dinners, with seating for up to 150 guests. Next to the marquee lawn is an outside Balinese style fully-covered bar.
Once guests have departed, it’s easy to unwind with a variety of options. You can curl up by the giant fire or soak the day’s festivities away in the Jacuzzi tucked into the landscape above the Retreat, surrounded by exotic vegetation, dramatic fountains and garden art. There’s also a spacious, comfortable lounge for the kids or sport fans who wish to plug into the 55” 3D-capable, blue ray TV with all the SKY channels available.
Within Te Toki Retreat’s peaceful confines, all your senses can either be tapped or disengaged. Take a quick ferry ride over and see for yourself why Te Toki Retreat is the perfect venue for a wedding or civil union to remember. ♥