The Loft
The sensitively restored historic barn “The Loft” is the perfect setting for your country wedding, with a chapel/banquet area upstairs and bar and dance floor downstairs. The Loft can accommodate 120 guests for a sit-down banquet and wood-fired heating makes it ideal for winter as well as summer weddings. The Loft comes with a fully-equipped commercial kitchen. Our caterers are Crescendo Cuisine and  Chef on Demand . The bar is fully equipped (you can have keg beer on tap) and our licence is BYO. The dance area can accommodate your guests and you can use our music system at no charge or the hire system – fantastic and inexpensive  (see our ‘useful links’ page for hire details). The Loft is licensed to serve alcohol and play live music until midnight. The venue is closed at 12.30 am.

You can choose to hold your wedding ceremony outdoors on the soft green lawn of the ‘wedding glade’, surrounded by historic trees and native birds, in front of the Loft or on the spacious lawn tennis court in front of the homestead.

Next Day Brunch
Our caterers can provide a delicious next day brunch in the Loft or in the Homestead or you can cater your next day event yourself from the Homestead. We have two barbecues on the sunny homestead deck. Talk to Zane of Chef on Demand about his coffee cart and filled croissants for a Sunday morning treat for your guests. Our top class local establishment The Tin Hut is open all weekend if you feel like a change of scenery for the night before dinner or the day after lunch.

Guest Accommodation

Tarureka Homestead is a heritage listed, classic country two-storey house with wrap-around verandahs, offering seven double bedrooms, bathrooms and a modern kitchen. The Homestead, which accommodates up to 18 guests, has recently been sensitively refurbished and is centrally heated.

bridal suite

Nearby Accommodation

Further quality homestay accommodation is available for 8 next door to Tarureka at Leanne and Tom’s (tel: 027 200 7089; email:; and more at Longwood,  Benvenuto; Longwood, BellavillaWhispering Winds, Featherston Motels and Camping, Little BranchesWallace Cottage, Underhill Cottage, Plum Cottage and The Laurels Cottage. Accommodation in Greytown and Martinborough is 10 minutes away at Bumblebee Cottage (Greytown),  Cherrywood, and Martinborough Experience. For further local accommodation look at Holiday Houses.

Wedding Weekends
barnhouseWe offer inclusive packages to enable you to hold your wedding over a whole weekend in one stunning venue, from Friday midday until Sunday evening, with accommodation in the homestead and cottage for 22 guests. You can then enjoy the entire estate for your wedding, hold a ‘next day’ event, and provide accommodation for your guests. In the High Summer season (January to March), we offer several packages: Friday to Sunday (venue and accommodation); Friday night (venue hire only); or Saturday to Sunday (venue and accommodation)



Winter Weddings

Look at our winter wedding page for winter wedding details.


The Gardens

The four acres of gardens at Tarureka include formal rose gardens, historic trees, private glades, a lawn tennis court and croquet and petanque areas. There are barbecue facilities on the sunny deck.

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