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Magical Rossendale: Rossendale Catering

Nestled into the Canterbury foothills amongst picturesque grapevines and manicured gardens, Rossendale Vineyard is a sought-after venue for weddings, milestone celebrations and conferences. And next month the best of New Zealand wedding vendors will ascend on Rossendale for the Great NZ Bridal Show.


The ultimate day out for brides and grooms to be, the Great NZ Bridal Show showcases leading designers, celebrants, photographers, musicians, jewellers, beauty and hair experts, stylists, venues, caterers, florists, transports, entertainment and travel to help you plan your perfect day.

As well as the event’s famous bridal fashion shows featuring bridal, groom and bridesmaid fashion.

“The show will feature a whole lot of vendors from around Christchurch and New Zealand,” says Rossendale’s event manager, Graham Jones.

“It’s also a wonderful way to show people our own offerings.”

And Rossendale’s offerings are quite formidable: Beyond the stunning setting, the venue can be fully opened to cater for larger groups of up to 150 or concealed into more intimate areas for close-knit affairs.

“We can make any celebration completely bespoke,” he says.

“From creating your own cuisine and beverage menu, to designing your event styling and entertainment – we make the whole process streamlined and easy.”

Get inspired with Rossendale’s Facebook and Instagram pages, or contact Graham on (03) 322 7780 or via to find out more.

Book your ticket to the Great NZ Bridal Show at


Event perfection: Saints of Tai Tapu

Set against rolling countryside and the iconic Port Hills, Saints of Tai Tapu is not only a picturesque and customised event space, it also brings together a refined selection of sought-after professionals to cater for every aspect of your celebration.

The venue: Built in 1881 in the classic early-Christchurch neogothic style, the idyllic events space includes a peaceful rural riverside outdoor area. With on-site luxury accommodation, there is space for elegant wedding or event preparation, right through to the ceremony, reception and idyllic photo locations.

68 Lincoln Road, Tai Tapu | 027 271 9610 |









The styling: Design by Meisha is a wedding planner and event stylist who brings an interior design skillset to c

reate informed, cohesive and professional styling and event curation. From full wedding planning to on-the-day styling, talk to Meisha about designing a stand out celebration.

@designbymeisha | 021 258 6435 |





The cuisine: Crisp and Vale is a catering company for people who get excited about eating! Fanatical about flavour, passionate about presentation and serious about service, Crisp and Vale leaves guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience. | 027 358 9159 |









The drinks: A small family-owned business, Wine Divine is passionate about selecting the right wines and liquor to compliment your wedding or event. Ensure a perfect match with a free tasting session, from a wine library which spans budgets and palates. Glassware supplied free with a sale and return policy. | 021 844 308








The décor: Christchurch Décor Solutions (CDS) have a host of furniture and furnishing to decorate your celebration. From functional seating, tables, linen and serve ware, backdrops, florals and signage, CDS has the right ingredients to fit-out your soirée.
021 116 0293





Your own blank canvas: Rossendale Vineyard

“Each bridal couple we work with has unique tastes and ideas. They just have to tell us what they want and we will make it happen,” says Rossendale Vineyard’s events manager Graham Jones.



“We have such an adaptable canvas here in our venue, it can be dressed and themed to suit all tastes – from rustic to contemporary, traditional to funky, sophisticated to casual.”

Not only is Rossendale a blank canvas waiting to be painted, it is also an all-inclusive venue supplying beautiful napery, sparkling glassware and shining cutlery.

“There is real convenience for our guests because we set everything up for them. It’s all ready to go – so, much less stress and also much more economical in both time and money. ”

There is even more to Rossendale than the wedding venue itself. The garden settings add to the versatility.

“Our gardeners have been working very hard during the autumn and winter months to ensure everything will be stunning for spring and summer weddings.

“There are so many beautiful mature trees and shrubs here – oaks and copper beeches, rhododendrons and kauri, as well as extensive lawns and a stream boundary. So many location choices for an outdoor ceremony.”

You can contact Graham on (03) 322 7780 or email

He will be delighted to show you how the friendly professional Rossendale Vineyard team make it easy to transform your wedding ideas into a wonderfully memorable day.

He may even be able to summon up some available dates for you in March/April of 2021.


Making its mark: Pegasus Bay

Pegasus Bay has long been recognised for its top drops and now the exceptional space with its breathtaking gardens, lakes, wetlands and beautiful restaurant is making its mark as a premium event venue in Waipara.



“This is a new direction for us after 30 years operating our restaurant,” says Marketing Manager Edward Donaldson, the latest generation of the Donaldson family which established Pegasus Bay in the 1980s.

“We have long been approached about events packages and with about 15 acres of very well-maintained gardens, it’s a very unique location in terms of its indoor-outdoor flow, whether it’s a wedding ceremony or canapés and drinks on the lawn,” Edward says.

Pegasus Bay can cater for up to 110 for a sit down meal across the restaurant and mezzanine floor; a striking space which features 100-year-old recycled rimu panelling and kauri flooring, beautiful chandeliers and Jonathan Smart Gallery artworks.

Add in some of the best fine wines in the region and it’s the perfect place for any event.


Refurbished, refit and ready: Tinwald Function Centre

Refurbished, refit and ready – the Tinwald Function Centre’s new restaurant and remodelled function room with onsite accommodation and ample parking is ready for function season.



A $1 million renovation of the centre has seen its former restaurant remodelled into a purpose-built function space for up to 120 people.

The work made way for the brand-new Alluvial restaurant. Serving contemporary New Zealand cuisine – using fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers – Alluvial extends the centre’s catering options for functions and events.

With carparking for 80-plus vehicles, 13 motel rooms, public bar, bottle store, outdoor area and a “plug-in and go” technology system, owner Greg King says the renovations were designed so users can just turn up.

“The function space includes an 85-inch smart tv for presentations, a microphone sound system for speaking, and free wi-fi.

“Our team are looking forward to helping businesses and the community hold their events, so please talk to us about your needs.”

Call the Tinwald Function Centre on 03 308 7505 or email


An unforgettable setting: Amuri Estate

A beautiful wedding could not be simpler at Amuri Estate, Hanmer where the supreme views take the effort out of creating an unforgettable setting. The venue seats up to 200 guests and there is a luscious variety of spaces on the property.


Photography by Bethany Howarth Photography


The ceremony lawn looks across the valley to the mountains: lawn seating, or grandstand-style seating rising up the bank are options.

The paved canapé and drinks terrace is large enough for dining, and inside options include the large reception hall and the drawing room.

“It’s ideal for an intimate winter reception,” Manager and Wedding Planner Vanessa Orr says.

Working with three catering companies, Amuri Estate can offer you the cuisine and drinks of your choice in buffet, plated, and shared styles from the fully-equipped kitchen and bar.

Accommodation is available on site, with a lodge sleeping six within three king rooms with ensuite, and a kitchen/living area.

The Wallace Peak Cottage sleeps two in a king room and has kitchen, living and log fire.

A qualified Event Manager, Vanessa is your wedding co-ordinator on the day, or throughout the planning process, if you wish. Organising meetings, the run sheet, event plan, rehearsal, Vanessa liaises with the M.C., photographer and caterer on the day.

Table settings are available to hire, make your own selection or simply leave it all to Vanessa on the day if you prefer.

“I love seeing couples’ days come together; our stunning views ensure a picture-perfect start to married life.”


Photography by Bethany Howarth Photography


Canterbury’s favourite winery wedding venue Melton Estate

Imagine a place architecturally designed for weddings that was tailored to make your big day everything you wanted and more. Think of an all-weather outdoor wedding chapel and entertaining space that comes complete with lighting and heating.



Well… lucky for you, you do not have to imagine. Melton Estate is a boutique winery located just 15 minutes west of Christchurch International airport in West Melton.

This little piece of heaven on earth has been hosting weddings for 18 years.

Melton Estate is your beacon of hope in ensuring you have an unforgettable day offering a full-service wedding experience.

It is the only Canterbury winery wedding venue with a Qualmark Four Star Plus rating (Venues) and has earned a Silver Sustainable Tourism Business Award.

Quality, sustainability and customer service are a daily focus.

Tracy Caunter from Melton Estate warmly invites you to “come out, see it, enjoy it and have a beautiful day in amongst the vines”.


A place to celebrate! – Rossendale Vineyard

Planning a wedding or family celebration is stressful at the best of times but in recent weeks, planning has become near impossible.



Enter Rossendale Vineyard! With more than 20 years’ experience, this beautiful and unique venue offers the ultimate setting for any celebration, big or small.

With in-house catering, experienced and friendly professional staff and beautiful gardens as a backdrop for ceremonies and photography, Rossendale is available year-round with each season offering its own opportunities.

A wealth of information is available on their website with an amazing 360 degree visual tour and drone-shot video that shows just how beautiful the setting and venue is.

For an on-site visit please call venue managers, Graham or Liz to arrange a day and time for them to show you around and discuss your plans.


Methven Resort

An idyllic location: Methven Resort

Just an hour from Christchurch, Methven Resort offers an unforgettable experience for a wedding venue or exceptional conference location.


Methven Resort


This exclusive escape in Methven Village is renowned for fine food, fantastic facilities, entertainment, serenity and space in a beautiful mountain setting. Accommodation staff will personalise every detail for your event, to ensure everything runs seamlessly.
The main conference room, the largest in Mid-Canterbury, accommodates up to 300 and can host a sumptuous banquet.

The resort attracts weddings and conferences all year round, with Mount Hutt offering a majestic back drop for photos. Early booking is advisable, with summer weddings and conferences proving especially popular.  Methven Resort is revered for exquisite top-class food, with the restaurant seating up to 100.There are 47 affordable and comfortable rooms, including family suites that sleep four, along with three steamy outdoor hot pools and a 25-metre heated pool.


Visit or phone 03 302 8724.


A Rolling Stone

Head back to the City: A Rolling Stone

In the heart of the city at 579 Colombo Street, you’ll find a unique restaurant and entertainment destination that will really personalise your next event and make it something special.


A Rolling Stone


Two threads intertwine at A Rolling Stone: it’s a fabulous venue for concerts, musicians, entertainers and touring shows; and a great space and atmosphere for functions of any size from small family groups to big celebratory parties, and from meetings to corporate functions. Fundraising events are also a specialty – if your team or club is wanting a fun night out and an easy way to generate funds, a range of events from quiz nights to ceilidh, entertainment and meals are possible.

Absolutely delicious food awaits; French Head Chef Flavien has a flair for creating the perfect menu for any affair – delectable finger food treats right through to full three course dinners. Sit down with the experienced team of Gretchen, Mike and Nik to discuss your requirements. They take pride in the fact that they are hands-on and really go the extra mile to make your event thoroughly enjoyable. “It’s a home away from home and when you invite people to your home, you want them to feel welcome and relaxed,” they say.

Look out on Facebook for upcoming events and shows at A Rolling Stone across a wide variety of genres. Don’t forget to book the all-important Christmas function now, with special festive menus to suit.


You can phone the team any time on
03-377 4787 or email