If you are looking for a small, unique and historical venue
for your wedding - which is also very affordable - we have it
here at Cardrona in beautiful Central Otago!
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Cardrona village is nestled in a mountain valley on the Crown
Range highway between Wanaka and Queenstown. The local
reserve contains two historic buildings - the 133 year old
school, and the even older ex-church. The domain is an ideal
setting for either an indoor or an outdoor wedding.
The Cardrona hall was built in 1879 as the local school.
Children used to walk or ride for many miles to attend
lessons each day, and the adjoining paddock was where they
left their ponies during school hours. For many years,
Cardrona was the largest school in the whole of the Wanaka
district, but in 1954 dwindling numbers caused its closure.
It was then gifted to the valley as a community hall, and in
recent years both the hall and church have been restored to
their original condition and are now used to host meetings,
weddings, and musical events.
The small church has a much more chequered history. Even
older than the hall, it began life as the miner's recreation
hall, an annex attached to the All Nations Hotel downstream
across the river. Surviving a fire which burned the Hotel
down, the annex was later consecrated as the Cardrona
Catholic Church. With the valley's depopulation after the
second World War, the building was transported down valley in
1952 and became the Catholic church in the growing Wanaka
township until 1985, when it was replaced by a new church. It
was to be demolished, but a Cardrona valley resident
purchased it at the original price it was sold for and had it
transported back up the valley to its current resting place
on the Cardrona Hall reserve. It has now come full circle,
and is being used once again as a venue.
The hall has a fully equipped kitchen, and seating for up to
100 - or 60 in the church. You can choose an inside ceremony
in the church, or an outdoor ceremony in the grounds, with a
wet weather option of either building.
There is plentiful accommodation within walking distance -
or, as some weddings have done, you can use the adjacent
grounds to camp for the weekend. Information on catering
options, celebrants etc can be supplied on request.
Contact - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel/Fax: 03 4438152