wedding at the river gardens

River Gardens is a unique private property in Bethlehem offering exclusive use of picturesque grounds for your special wedding day, with stunning views overlooking the Wairoa River in Tauranga.

Great photography options with sweeping lawns on different levels, small avocado grove, large specimen trees and a delightful pond with bolder rocks. Flow on access to the Waverly on Wairoa reception facility is a convenient option, with many features.

The wedding ceremony venue set-up includes:

  • 30 seats for family and guests in the wedding ceremony area overlooking the river with front rows dressed.
  • 4 Gazebos erected and dressed with sheer white floating curtains, creating a( 9.5m x 3m) canopy plus a (3m x 3m) of shade / shelter. 2 Umbrellas over table settings.
  • A unisex bathroom (the loo with a view) seating on that level with table and chairs.
  • There are many rustic garden seating areas set throughout the gardens plus 3 rustic bar leaners.
  • Two tables with cloths for bar use and nibbles.
  • Signing table and chairs.
  • Water dispenser filled with filtered chilled water, punch bowl, large chilly bin, bins available for ice, for chilling drinks on the day.
  • The pergola is dressed if requested with sheer white floating curtains.
  • A large fridge freezer is available to chill beverages the day before, clients to drop off. Storage available for any items eg: glassware, decorations, sound system etc.
  • Onsite parking is available for the wedding party, celebrant, and the photographer. All other parking is along the roadside in Taniwha Place and the Waimarino car park if hiring their facility.
  • Power is available from the house if required. 
  • Pentaque court and a quoit set to enjoy.

A self-service, self-catering wedding ceremony venue, BYO with supervised on site management. Liaise with Jan over personal requirement and time frames. River Gardens is available to the wedding party for rehearsals during the week prior at an arranged time.