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The Summer Wedding Season Upon Us

The summer wedding season is well and truly here. There's something special about weddings in the summer and here at Waverly on Wairoa, our wedding guests are beginning their summer celebrations in our gorgeous grounds.

We can’t guarantee the weather but the warm, sunny Bay of Plenty days generally make summer the perfect time for couples to tie the knot. Summer is wonderful in Tauranga and a long summer day is perfect for a relaxed wedding or even an evening ceremony. And blue skies are great for the wedding photographs.

Set on the outskirts of the city with views over the Wairoa River, Waverly is ideally situated - getting married beside a sparkling river on a sunny summer day is a great option. The views from the expansive deck at the wedding venue offer a stunning setting and magical light formations on a warm summer's evening.

There's nothing like a wedding in the open air and marrying in the adjacent River Garden venue offers the perfect opportunity for a picturesque riverside ceremony. And when it comes to finding a suitable wedding dress, summer wedding attire is so flexible - you don't have to worry about extra layers for the cold.

If you have a large guest list, including children then the summer months make it easy to ensure your loved ones can be there with you to celebrate. It is school holiday time and often the easiest time of year to get leave from work. 

Planning a summer wedding might be sometimes difficult because it's a popular time to get married. Think about a summer wedding at Waverly on Wairoa, and get in touch to discuss your preferred dates. It would be a privilege to work with you to help create your memorable day.

Looking for Team Building Activities in Tauranga?

Tauranga businesses should consider Waverly on Wairoa as a destination and venue for any team building activities. Waverly is located on the Wairoa River and this beautiful outdoor environment serves as a great catalyst for team development. We work with Waimarino Adventure Park and Kayak Tours to provide a range of options for corporate team building programs.

Well-designed team building activities in Tauranga can bring significant benefits to local businesses, including effective communication, making the workplace more enjoyable, improving time management and raising team productivity.

At Waverly, our outdoor team building activities will challenge and excite, and we may take you out of your comfort zones but we'll prove that you and your team can do more than you thought you were capable of.

We design inspirational team building events tailored to your requirements, utilising our stunning river landscape. We’ll work closely with you to understand your aims and objectives so we can customise our 3D team building program and kayaking experiences to suit any group.

Whether you’re bringing a new team together in a fun environment, or wanting to challenge your team to help them realise their potential, Waverly is the perfect venue for your team building program. We offer a modern, well set-up conference venue with inspiring riverside views, and access to all of the possible activities available at Waimarino Adventure Park including a range of incredible Tauranga kayak tour options. 

Our venue at Waverly on Wairoa is easily accessible, just 10 minutes’ drive from Tauranga City and with good connections to the airport for any guests coming from out of town. So get in touch today to talk about developing a corporate team building program at Waverly - it's an investment in the future of your team and your business. 

What Makes the Perfect Wedding Venue?

You've decided to get married (and that is the most important thing!) but then all the decisions that come next can begin to feel quite overwhelming. Here are some simple tips to help you book the perfect wedding venue.

The perfect venue will fit all your guests

People are always the most important thing, and this is especially true in weddings. Surround yourself with the people you need there celebrating the occasion and making the memories with you. You need to accommodate everyone comfortably so look for a venue that has a large seating plan - because it's far better to have extra space than too little.

Perfect all year round, whatever the weather

Make sure the venue will perform and look its best in the same season and at the same time of day you intend to get married. Is there heat and air conditioning? Is there a ‘backup’ space if all of a sudden it starts to rain? Is there good indoor/ outdoor flow so you can make the most of the good weather and minimise the impact of poor weather?

Offers both a ceremony venue and reception venue

You can't beat the convenience of having both events at the same location - so long as you don't feel you're compromising what you want from both sites. The perfect wedding venue will save you and your guests from being ushered between venues while still giving you the best ceremony venue AND the best reception venue.

The perfect setting

Speaks for itself really. Beautiful views don't just provide a beautiful backdrop for the photos but they can influence the whole atmosphere of the day.

Suits your wedding theme 

It is not easy to plan a style-specific wedding at all venues.  A neutral venue will suit most wedding day styles because you can decorate it the way you want.

You can trust them to think of all the little details

Because you'll be too busy to. Like the signing table and chairs, water dispenser, dressing the pergola, storage for any extra items you're supplying, onsite parking for the wedding group, and games such as petanque to keep the guests entertained. 

Gives you options for the level of service you want

Some venues have food and beverage restrictions while others have a mandatory caterer. A full service wedding venue usually offers everything from table and chair rentals, to linens and catering supplies, while a non-full service venue may only offer you the space, leaving it up to you to fill in the rest. A venue that offers you options - flexibility around catering and furnishing choices, and even help with the wedding planning if you want it, is ideal. 

Things to Consider When Choosing a Conference Venue

Attending a good conference can be a memorable experience - being in a group of like-minded people, learning new skills, making new friends and catching up with old ones. With this in mind, there are a few points to consider when choosing your next conference venue.

Firstly, embrace technology. Make sure that every room has wifi and the ability to host audio visual equipment. Many conferences revolve around a presentation and even social media so when choosing your conference venue, put wifi at the top of the list.

 

Hold your conference somewhere nice. People go to meet others, to exchange ideas and network so the venue needs to set the right tone. You want to attract visitors from around the world to come to the conference and enjoy the place so look for a venue in an attractive setting that international visitors will appreciate as much as a local audience. 

A conference venue must be easily accessible. Good connections to domestic and international airports and nearby cities are crucial to getting more delegates there for the event.

Decide on the size of the conference and that will help determine your conference venue. It needs to accommodate all of your guests and if you’re planning on having a reception or any catering, there will need to be space for this too.

Offering guests food and refreshments can be a nice touch so look for a venue that offers the option to work with caterers. Of course budget will play an important part in choosing a suitable conference venue and remember that a friendly team who will go the extra mile is also valuable. 

Nestled above the beautiful Wairoa River, Waverly on Wairoa's conference venue has stunning natural surroundings that every visitor will enjoy. We also offer fun team building activities including kayaking and other adventure activities that could be an extra attraction for conference delegates. The modern open plan venue is spacious and well set up with wifi.

Being just 15 minutes from Tauranga Airport, 1 hour from Rotorua and just over 2 hours’ drive from Auckland, makes Waverly surprisingly convenient given our superb location in the scenic Bay of Plenty countryside.

 

We offer a BYO refreshments service and we'll happily recommend suitable caterers. The team at Waverly will work closely with you to ensure the success of your Tauranga conference and we'll always go the extra mile! Talk to us about choosing your conference venue.

 

 

One Stop Shop Makes Waverly the Obvious Wedding Venue Choice

Conveniently located 10 minutes north of Tauranga, at Waverly you and your guests can really escape while all the essentials are right there. If you’re planning your big day and looking for a venue that's the complete wedding package, the facilities, the location, the personalised touches, and the ability to entertain your guests by offering them something really special, all make Waverly the obvious wedding venue choice.

It's clear the team at Waverly love weddings. And they really love being able to offer truly unique weddings with their stunning riverside venue and one-of-a-kind adventure-style entertainment. Located at Waimarino Adventure Park, this one stop shop wedding venue is a fun way to make sure everyone remembers your big day!

Plan your choice of adventure activities:

Whether you're a pair of thrill seekers or just wanting to create everlasting memories, Waverly offers a huge range of entertainment. Is there any better way to celebrate a marriage than the happy couple sinking into the warm relaxing waters of a thermal pool while the wedding party enjoy a game of beach volleyball, bombing New Zealand's only kayak slide, quietly paddling the river or flinging themselves down the Slip n Slide? From the climbing wall to a Tarzan swing, there are activities to keep all your guests, young and old, having fun.

The Food: 

At Waverly we can offer suggestions or recommendations on trusted local caterers to book for your wedding. Want an elaborate cake with four tiers and fondant roses? No problem. We'll go the extra mile to help make it happen.

The Location:

It feels like a million miles from reality here but our Tauranga wedding venue is so close to Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, just 2.5 hours from central Auckland and less than 1.5 hours from Hamilton. From an intimate riverside ceremony to a reception on the deck overlooking the sparkling waters, the dance floor buzzing with guests, Waverly on Wairoa has the romantic landscape to make your wedding day perfect. 

The Facilities:

Waverly has the premier facilities to suit your wedding plans. The beautifully sheltered wedding reception venue seats up to 140 guests and features uninterrupted views of the river for everyone to enjoy.

This is your day! Make it fun, memorable and get the fairytale wedding you've always dreamed of.