Backpaddock Lakes is without a doubt one of the most unique outdoor venues you’ll find for your wedding in the Hawkes Bay. With picturesque views around the lakes and wetlands, the Ruahine Ranges in the background and wildlife singing, the lakes are the perfect venue to celebrate your big day.

Backpaddock Lakes can cater for small, intimate weddings or larger weddings, with the ability to organise just about everything you’ll need. From arranging accommodation in nearby Waipukurau, to catering by local chefs and food artisans, we can help. Backpaddock Lakes has a purpose built event space, which we affectionately call “The Barn” and beautiful lakeside spots to set up a marquee.

Wedding at backpaddock lakes


Backpaddock Lakes has a specially built barn which can host up to 200 seated guests or 400 standing. The barn overlooks the lakes and boosts a rustic rural design with open sides.

There are a range of options for setting up the Barn to suit your style of wedding.

Price $2,000 Per Day

The Barn for Weddings at Backpaddock Lakes


Backpaddock Lakes has space to host your marquee right on the Lakeside. This is a great option for larger weddings.

Price $1,500 Per Day

*Marquee hireage fees are additional.

weddings, groups, functions and events at backpaddock lakes


You are welcome to have your ceremony at one of Backpaddock Lakes amazing lakeside locations as part of your venue hire.


On Site Accomodation

We have space available for your family and friends to camp on site at Backpaddock Lakes. Please let us know when you are booking if you would like to camp and we can tailor this into your wedding package.

Services On Site
Backpaddock Lakes is run on generator power. We will ensure the venue is fully operational for you, however please discuss this with us during your planning as some caterers/food trucks and bands require a higher source of power than what we can provide. In this instance you may require additional generator power at your own cost.

Backpaddock Lakes has complete flexibility to whatever style of catering you wish to have at your wedding, we have no onsite caterers. Its up to you if you would like a fully catered sit down meal, food truck or spit. We can suggest options once we know the style of wedding you are after.
Backpaddock Lakes does not hold a liquor licence, so you would need to arrange your beverages privately and ensure whoever is managing your bar has the necessary licences.

Wedding Catering Options at Backpaddock Lakes

Wedding Catering Options at Backpaddock Lakes

Backpaddocks Equipment
Backpaddock Lakes does not have our own hire equipment, so all tables, chairs, plates, cutlery and glassware will need to be hired in. We have some suggested vendors if needed.

Backpaddock Lakes has a range of equipment available which you are welcome to use as part of your wedding including some festoon lighting, picnic tables and games equipment such as Kubb, Petanque, Croquet and Hole in One Golf.

Our wedding hire prices include access in the days before the wedding for set up, wedding day and morning after pack out.

On your wedding day, Backpaddock Lakes is open to the public until 2pm. The Lake closes at 2pm for you to have private use and reopens to the public at 10am the next day.

If you would like to host a ‘Day After’ event at Backpaddock Lakes and utilise the Lake or Cable Park we can extend your hire so you have access the day after your wedding. The Lake is open to the public at the same time so it would be available to you on a shared basis. The additional charge is $300.

Our In-House Services

We love weddings! We will help with wedding vendor suggestions, advice on set up and layout, services, wedding day running order suggestions and overall venue management. If you would like a higher level of planning assistance we would be delighted to assist.

Molly Baldwin our Events Manager has more than ten years’ experience in the events industry and her own wedding was held at Backpaddock Lakes! Molly is available to assist with wedding styling, wedding day event management or she can event manage the whole event for you, to your exact wishes – including the dreaded morning after clean up!

When booking your wedding, please feel free to talk to Molly about these additional services and she can advise of costs.

Our Lake season runs mid October to April, however if you would like to get married outside these dates we are more than happy to discuss options with you.

To discuss Backpaddock Lakes hosting your wedding give us a buzz or flick us an email today!

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