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Your love story is your own, your wedding day should be too

Deer Valley is set on 50 acres of farm land in the beautiful Ararimu Valley in the Franklin Area, 40 minutes from Auckland’s CBD. Nestled among mature trees, sprawling gardens and rolling countryside with stunning views of the Hunua Ranges, this is an elegant rural retreat for intimate nuptials.

Rustic rural romance

With an expansive of space, and a variety of settings to choose from, the location of your ceremony is over to you. Beneath the grand oak tree, under the curious gaze of our resident deer among rolling farmland, beside the charming Woolshed Lodge, or perhaps in our beautiful glasshouse marquee? Simply visit our property, let your heart and your imagination wander, and tell us what feels right for you. 

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And when the I do's are done…..

The stunning clear marquee sets the mood for your reception, showcasing panoramic views and delightful cameo appearances from our majestic red deer. Mingle with guests in the private courtyard, lounge by the outdoor open fire or get involved with guest entertainment on the lawn. This is your day – we give you the freedom to create an experience your way!

A day filled with your love and great food

We have amazing catering partners, who will look after your event from start to finish, providing the staff, equipment, food, and service that will make your day stress-free and easy, so you can focus on what matters most – celebrating with each other, and those you love most. (Please note self-catering is not an option, however Deer Valley does offer BYO for refreshments.)

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A storybook celebration

Deer Valley is a photographer’s dream. With endless possibilities for stunning photographic opportunities on site, you’ll be left with original photos that will truly capture the unique wonder and magic of your special day. See some beautiful snaps on our gallery page to help inspire your own creativity.

all the details

Yours to use for creating a memorable day

  • Stunning glasshouse marquee
  • Bespoke table and chair packages
  • Bathroom facilities with wheelchair access
  • PA system 
  • Sun umbrellas
  • Guest entertainment –  outdoor vintage croquet, petanque, noughts & crosses, cornhole  
  • Fairylights and festoon lighting 
  • Our in-house wedding celebrant
  • Kawai Baby Grand Piano


Deer Valley is an exclusive venue, hosting just 6-10 weddings during our November – March fawning season. Throughout the year, we also welcome runaway lovers to enjoy elopements and intimate celebrations (2-30 guests) – get in touch with us to find out more about availability and reserve your preferred date.


100 seated  guests (including Bridal Party) or 120 cocktail style

We are based in Ararimu, not far from Bombay Hills, Franklin.  There is ample parking for guest cars, or alternately bus services can be arranged. If you want to arrive in style, Deer Valley has a helipad.

Our wedding season starts on the last weekend of November and ends on the last weekend of March for our larger events, however throughout the year, we also welcome runaway lovers to enjoy elopements and intimate celebrations (2-20 guests) – get in touch with us to find out more about availability and reserve your preferred date.

Please note: this doesn’t include Sundays or Public Holidays.

Since there are no kitchen facilities, you will need to hire a professional, self-contained mobile caterer. We have a list of preferred suppliers and we can provide more information about this when we meet. Deer Valley offers BYO refreshments.

Onsite Woolshed Lodge is a beautiful space to get ready for your big day or to enjoy your first night as newlyweds.  As well as a luxury B & B all year round.  There are a number of local boutique bed and breakfast options nearby, and we can discuss what’s right for you when we meet.  on the property.

We are more than happy to show you around, so please contact us to make an appointment.

Stay in style at Deer Valley

Escape to the country with a stay at Deer Valley. Complete the form below to enquire about availability and to secure your preferred dates at Woolshed Lodge.


“On the day we decided to head up the hill and have photo’s with the deer it started raining.  Tania took off her gumboots for me and escorted me with an umbrella.  We will always treasure this day and our stay with them has truly been a highlight. Thank you for the most amazing day.”