A unique wedding venue in North Canterbury

Photo: Susannah Blatchford Photography

If you are after a rustic yet elegant wedding venue in North Canterbury, look no further than The Woolshed at Tipapa!

Getting married at Tipapa Estate and The Woolshed at Tipapa is a unique and special experience. Offering two venues in one, full of character and rich in history, Tipapa Estate is available for your exclusive use over the period of your wedding, offering plenty of different spaces to create your dream day.

We recommend staying at Tipapa Estate homestead, for which we offer an exclusive venue and accommodation package or special wedding rates for individual rooms, to fully immerse yourself in the special occasion.

From the time you book until your wedding is over, we are here to guide you in the planning of your day at Tipapa Estate. Our objective is to provide you the most perfect and relaxed venue experience.

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Tipapa Estate and The Woolshed at Tipapa: two wedding venues in one near Christchurch

The beautiful homestead and extensive gardens and grounds are available for the ceremony and immediate post ceremony celebrations before moving into the historic Woolshed for the wedding reception and dancing.

Photo: Susannah Blatchford Photography

The Woolshed is fully heated has plenty of power points, includes a sound system, an adjoining commercially registered kitchen and two onsite toilets. The Woolshed is fully licensed until 12.30am and if required, we can provide licenced and experienced bar staff at an additional cost. The Woolshed comfortably seats up to 130 guests with room for a band and dancing. The venue can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests in a more informal set up.

Tipapa Estate and The Woolshed at Tipapa are available for 1 day hire (8am-1am) or 48 hour hire period (12pm the day prior – 12pm the day after); allowing you as much or as little time as you require for set up and pack down of your wedding.

You are welcome to supply your own registered caterer, licensed bar staff and BYO beverages, and wedding vendors to help you bring together your perfect wedding day.

Throughout your hire period enjoy the exclusive use of the Gallery Cottage and its private garden to prepare.

We invite you, and your family and friends to relax and have a special and memorable day amongst the peace, beauty and tranquillity of Tipapa Estate.

 

Venue hire inclusions:

  • 1 day OR 48 hour hire of The Woolshed at Tipapa
  • Complimentary wedding planning consultation with Kate from Collective Concepts to help get your wedding planning underway at Tipapa Estate (valued at $175inc GST)
  • Ability to select your preferred wedding vendors to create your perfect day
  • Complimentary corkage so you can BYO beverages
  • 1.8m round tables (up to 10pax per table) and white cross back seats with cushions
  • 4x 1.8m trestle tables
  • 90 meters of festoon lighting for the woolshed plus 90 meters of solar powered festoon lighting for gardens and parking areas.
  • 2x ceiling suspended rustic ladders for you to create ceiling installations
  • 4x outdoor BBQ tables with seats and white umbrellas
  • 8x wine barrels
  • Wool sorting table (perfect for a huge grazing table or buffet in The Woolshed)
  • Exclusive use of the Gallery Cottage throughout your hire
  • Inbuilt sound system in The Woolshed
  • Quad bike and trailer assistance to help you move furniture between your lawn ceremony and woolshed reception (you need to arrange the people power!)
  • Pre and post hire venue cleaning
  • Plenty of onsite vehicle and bus parking

PLUS

What you need to bring:

  • Your preferred registered caterer
  • Linen, crockery, cutlery and glassware
  • Licensed bar staff (we will help you define your requirements on booking)
  • BYO beverage and chiller trailer (plus bags or bins to take your recycling and waste away)
  • Your team of wedding vendors to deliver your perfect day!

Available extras:

  • Licensed bar staff
  • Transport to and from Christchurch
  • Recommendation of wedding vendors who have worked at Tipapa Estate
  • Recommendation of local B&B accommodation for your guests
  • Mini bus drop-offs to local B&Bs at the end of the night

Click here to receive the Wedding Information Package.

Securing your booking:

A non-refundable deposit of 20% off your venue hire secures your date and venue booking with the balance due 6 weeks prior to the wedding.

FAQs

Photo: Claudia Pyke

What is included when I hire The Woolshed at Tipapa
  • 1 day OR 48 hour hire of The Woolshed at Tipapa
  • Complimentary wedding planning consultation with Kate from Collective Concepts to help get your wedding planning underway at Tipapa Estate (valued at $175inc GST)
  • Ability to select your preferred wedding vendors to create your perfect day
  • Complimentary corkage so you can BYO beverages
  • 8m round tables (up to 10pax) and white cross back seats with cushions
  • 4x 1.8m trestle
  • 90 meters of festoon lighting for the wool shed plus 90 meters of solar powered festoon lighting for gardens and parking areas.
  • 2x ceiling suspended rustic ladders for you to create ceiling installations
  • 4x outdoor BBQ tables with seats and white umbrellas
  • 8x wine barrels
  • Wool sorting table (perfect for a huge grazing table or buffet in The Woolshed)
  • Exclusive use of the Gallery Cottage throughout your hire
  • Inbuilt sound system in The Woolshed
  • Quad bike and trailer assistance to help you move furniture between your lawn ceremony and woolshed reception (you need to arrange the people power!)
  • Pre and post hire venue cleaning
When can I come for a visit? How can I book a visit?
  • We would love to show you around! Please contact us and we will be in touch to arrange a time with you.
What are the access times for a 1 day hire?
  • Access is from 8am for set up and you would need to pack out that night (by 1am).
What caterer can I use?
  • You are welcome to choose your own registered caterer. We can also recommend a number of fabulous wedding caterers in the Christchurch/Canterbury
What are the options on a wet day?
  • Should the day be wet or cold, the grand Dining Room in the Homestead is the perfect venue for an indoor ceremony and celebration drinks, prior to moving through to The Woolshed OR we can discuss option to ‘flip’ The Woolshed from ceremony to reception (numbers depending)
What are the options for transport?
  • We can help you to arrange coach transport to and from Christchurch, and local mini bus transport to and from Motunau. Contact us if you’d like more information.
What are the options for accommodation?
  • Our place! We have 4 beautiful bedrooms at the Tipapa Estate B&B, all with ensuite. Click here for more information.
  • Or you and your guests can stay close by with multiple accommodation options for guests in Greta Valley (5mins) and Motunau Beach (15mins).
Can I use a wedding planner or coordinator?
  • Kate from Collective Concepts knows our place inside and out or if you would like other recommendations, please let us know as we’ve welcomed a number of local wedding planners from Christchurch and Canterbury to Tipapa Estate in the past.
Can our dog be part of the ceremony?
  • Absolutely! We do need to know in advance and your furry friend must be on a leash on arrival with its own minder to take care of their needs.