You want the most important day of your life to be one that you will cherish the memories of. At Ridge Country Retreat, we understand this completely, the importance of every little detail.
The tranquil, peaceful surroundings of Ridge Country Retreat are designed for private intimacy, a place where you can share the celebration of your commitment with close friends and family and let the rest of the world continue on without you. Ridge Country Retreat is the premier wedding venue for Tauranga.
The options we provide include everything from the ability to book the venue out in its entirety for the wedding celebration from ceremony to the next day, book it just for the reception and overnight accommodation or even just a beautiful place to stay for your wedding night. Extra touches such as transfers via luxury limousine or helicopter for the bride and groom, as well as bus charters for your guests can be easily arranged.
We have complete health and beauty facilities onsite, including make-overs using internationally recognised quality products.
"We had our wedding at Ridge Country Retreat in February 2013. We had a fantastic day; all went exactly as we wanted, thanks to the dedication of David and the rest of his staff.
David was exceedingly helpful during the whole wedding planning process, answering our many questions with patience and offers of assistance. The chef and service staff were excellent; the food was absolutely delicious, and the breakfast the next morning for ourselves and our friends really hit the spot! The spacious rooms were immaculate and beautifully made up for our stay.
We had so many compliments from our guests about the gorgeous venue, the staff and the food. We would wholeheartedly recommend RCR as a luxury venue for weddings, or any special function.
Alice and Nick Gormack"
With regard to our wedding at RCR, firstly, everyone is raving about it and we truly had such an incredible day. So thank you once again for helping us create the most amazing day, leaving us with memories to last a lifetime.
We found communication with you in the lead up to the wedding (which spanned over the past 10 months) both easy and efficient. This was important to me, especially being based overseas until 5 weeks before the wedding. You definitely answered our MANY queries and concerns quickly and patiently, something which Bevan and I appreciated very much. We didn't want a traditional wedding and had quite a few out-of-the-norm requests to make our day unique, all of which you were happy to accommodate and which really did make our day all the more special.
The Chef James assisted us in creating a unique canape/tapas style menu which definitely lived up to our high expectations. Due to our different style of wedding and not having a sit-down dinner, the food really had to be a standout feature, and I'm pleased to report it most certainly was! We have received so many comments about the quality of the food, and the timing for each course was impeccable. We'd like to offer our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to James and the service team for their professionalism and friendly, positive attitudes throughout the entire evening. The staff remained friendly and happy throughout the entire evening - something which our guests commented on, and is a true reflection of a job well done.
The venue itself impressed us from the moment we saw it last year. The gardens and outlook are truly spectacular and every single one of our guests was blown away by the amazing views and the wonderful atmosphere. Our desire was to create a unique and memorable day for ourselves and our guests in an upmarket and stylish venue, but one which still provided a warm, intimate and relaxed atmosphere for our guests. Ridge Country Retreat as a wedding venue exceeded our expectations and we have no hesitation in recommending your fantastic venue to anyone wanting to celebrate their big day with family and friends in style and comfort.
The gourmet breakfast with our immediate family and bridal party the morning after was also a highlight, a special time to celebrate our first morning as husband and wife with our nearest and dearest.
Thank you for allowing us to create the wedding of our dreams at Ridge Country Retreat. We will never forget it!
All the very best for the future.
Shelley and Bevan Pulham" (Wedding April 2013)
“Hey David, I just wanted to let you know how much James and I appreciated everything RCR and yourself have provided for us and our family during our stay with you, and also for our wedding. Everything was absolutely perfect. the food and chef/wait staff, the villas and suites, and also the amazing views were something we will never forget. You made everything so easy and it felt like nothing was too much trouble for you. We will happily stay again and definitely recommend RCR for any future bride or function. Thank you once again, from Lorraine and James Smith :)” (Wedding April 2013)
All our weddings are individually catered to, so please call us on 07 542 1301 or 027 9229 818 to make an appointment to view the Lodge.
The following photos were taken by Marijke Smith at www.photographybym.co.nz and One Black Sheep, Tracy Stamatakos (www.oneblacksheep.co.nz)