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New Zealand destination wedding locations

There is no shortage of stunning scenery in New Zealand meaning there is no shortage of perfect elopement locations right here on the South Island and luckily for you, I have found them all! 

 Nowhere else in the world has such diverse landscapes in my opinion and all within a short drive of each other. This is what makes New Zealand one of the best, if not THE best destination for your elopement or pre-wedding couples photography shoot. 

 If you are a fan of snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and wild landscapes then look no further, we may have just found your perfect elopement location. Queenstown and the surrounding areas are absolute gold mines for epic photo spots, and I can’t wait to show you. Right, you have hand-picked New Zealand, penciled me in, your new best friend and elopement photographer and now we just need to figure out the best place to elope. 

 I have taken the time to compile a list of some of my all-time favourite elopement location ideas around Queenstown & Beyond that will get all those wild elopement ideas flowing.


Skippers Canyon

This one is for the mountain lovers! For the couples that love to have epic mountain peaks all around them, dramatic rocky New Zealand landscapes that look like they go on forever. This is the perfect location to get lost in together as there are no distractions, immerse yourself in wild NZ landscapes as I capture your love.

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Moke Lake

A beautiful lake up in the mountains, on a still day Moke Lake is known for its stunning reflections. Wave to the horses in the paddocks, try to avoid the sheep and cows wandering alongside the road as you make your way to this picturesque spot. 

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Kelvin Heights

Across the lake from town is the Kelvin Heights Peninsula. Here there are a few spots to have a quiet ceremony.

You can choose to go lakefront and on top of a grassy hill looking towards the Remarkables. Kelvin Heights is a great option if you are planning on visiting a helicopter location afterward as it’s only 15 minutes from the airport.

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The Remarkables

The name speaks for itself but The Remarkables…well they are remarkable! One of Queenstown’s most famous ski-fields in winter, this is also a stunning summer spot to see the views looking over all of Queenstown. 


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Coronet Peak

A famous skifield in Queenstown for night skiing Coronet Peak has a fabulous outlook over the valleys below and The Remarkables mountain range in the distance.


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Wilson’s Bay

On the road to Glenorchy, Wilsons Bay is a location not to be missed. The stone beach is sheltered by the bay as it looks out at Walter and Cecil peak in the distance on the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

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Lake Hayes

Checklist for Lake Hayes: Beautiful lake? Check! Gorgeous pier out to the lake? Check! Epic reflections? Check! Close to Queenstown? Check Check!

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Jacks Point

Jacks Point is well known for its stunning golf course but it is also a perfect location for a photo shoot as it is nestled below The Remarkable mountains. On one side of Jacks’ Point, the huge majestic mountains stretch for miles and on the other, the turquoise blue waters of Lake Wakatipu glisten below. 

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Deer Park Heights

Open again to the public after 10+ years Deer Park Heights is incredible farmland right in front of the Remarkables and only 15 minutes drive from the airport.

From the top you are spoilt for choice with views out over Lake Wakatipu and the townships below or to the left the Remarkables mountain range- you cannot get any closer than this to the Remarks without a helicopter.

Deer Park Heights is a great choice if you want those high views without the price tag of a heli and is the location for several scenes in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Elopements ceremonies at Deer Park cost $800nz.

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The Crown Range

Make sure your seat belt is on for this drive as the winding road takes you up into the Crown Range mountains. The higher the road gets the more amazing the view gets! 


For the Adventurous- Helicopter Elopement Packages

Words don’t do these locations justice! These are for the couples who want to feel like they are the only 2 people on earth! Feel free to forget I’m even there as we fly by helicopter to secluded and mind-blowingly beautiful mountain top locations overlooking Lake Wakatipu and the southern alps. Feel the fresh New Zealand wind in your face as you are photographed with the epic views of all of Queenstown in the background.

Check out my blogpost about the best Queenstown & Wanaka helicopter locations in Queenstown & Wanaka


A little bit further

But wait, there’s more!! Below you will find even more elopement locations within the south island. There is something for everyone and the journey to get there is all part of the fun!


Glenorchy is commonly known as Lord of the Rings country! However, you don’t need to have seen the movies to appreciate the unbelievable views that Glenorchy has to offer. This location is best suited to a 3-hour package as there is so much to see and so many places to stop. The drive itself is mind-blowing as the road weaves alongside the sparkling blue waters of Lake Wakatipu the whole way. There is even a hidden waterfall that we can walk to, and that is before we even reach Glenorchy. Once there, the most popular and picturesque places are the famous red shed and the pier at the wharf at the ‘top of the lake’.

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Mount Cook

Mount Cook S is one of the best known NZ locations, and for good reason! It has it all, unbelievable lakes, majestic mountains all around, and landscapes that are so stunning that you will have to remember to pick your jaw up from the ground before I start shooting! There are so many great spots that we will stop along the way before we even get into Mount Cook Village so your session will be really diverse.

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Lake Pukaki

Lake Pukaki is a shade of blue that has to be seen to be believed. On a clear day, you can see the amazing snow-capped mountain range in the distance as we shoot on the Stoney lakefront or a grassy knoll overlooking this milky blue glacial lake.

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So there you have it, a round-up of my best places to Elope in New Zealand.

Congratulations, In choosing New Zealand as your elopement destination you have taken the first step to creating an incredible elopement experience. I can’t wait to guide you and help capture your epic love story right here in my beautiful hometown.



So there you have it, a round-up of my best places to Elope in New Zealand.


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Congratulations, In choosing New Zealand as your elopement destination you have taken the first step to creating an incredible elopement experience. I can’t wait to guide you and help capture your epic love story right here in my beautiful hometown.

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