- QUEENSTOWN INFO
- WHY QUEENSTOWN
- GETTING HERE
- MARRIAGE LICENCE
With mountain peaks as far as the eye can see, shimmering lakes, and pure crisp alpine air, Queenstown is quite simply a place of pure inspiration. Whether you have an appetite for adventure and the mountains or are more at home tracking down a delicious meal and fine wine, this cosmopolitan four-season lake and alpine resort provides the perfect mix of action and relaxation for an unforgettable holiday.
It’s no exaggeration to say you can experience more in Queenstown in a day than most do in a lifetime.
From June to September, the region transforms into a winter wonderland attracting snow enthusiasts from around the world with stunning scenery, crisp blue-sky days, easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest skiing, and lots of great events.
Springtime combines the best of both worlds – warmer temperatures, longer days and fresh, bright colours transform the landscape but there’s still plenty of snow on the mountains for great spring skiing and riding at any of the region’s six diverse ski fields.
In summer, warm weather and long evenings are perfect for alfresco dining, lakeside barbecues and getting outdoors to enjoy the lakes and trails.
Visit in autumn and enjoy the spectacular change of seasons as the landscape bursts into a blaze of red and gold.
Year-round there’s a huge range of high octane activities to choose from like skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating, and paragliding. Or test your skills on world-class golf courses, explore scenic trails on foot or bike, sample award-winning Central Otago wines and local cuisine, enjoy a spa treatment or browse the town’s many shops and galleries.
For more information on Queenstown please visit www.queenstownNZ.co.nz and get inspired for your next holiday!
Why get married in Queenstown? Well if you have already been here, then you probably already know, but just in case you need a few good reasons….
The awe inspiring scenery with dramatic mountains, crystal clear lakes and crisp mountain air.With four very distinct seasons, your guests will be in awe.Think white winter wedding with fur stoles and a crackling fire, a blue sky colourful spring wedding with blossom and bulbs, the perfect long summer day or the vivid colours of a romantic autumn wedding.
A wide array of wedding venues to choose from including wineries, private estates, villas, lakefront vistas, gardens, clubhouses, churchs, gallerys and many many more – there truly is a place for everyone.
Access to top wedding professionals that cater to all styles and budgets including wedding planners, celebrants, entertainment, videography, photographers, caterers, helicopters, cake designers, florists, stylists and everything in between!
AMAZING wedding photographs – take a look at our Gallery.
A huge range of activities for your friends and family to enjoy before or after the wedding, from jet boating to bungy jumping, winery tours to five star dining – there is something for everyone in Queenstown and your guests will be thanking you for introducing them to their favorite holiday destination for years to come!
A perfect excuse to come back! Imagine the anniversary trips and family holidays that you will get to enjoy as Queenstown secures that special place in your heart and you can relive your fantastic wedding memories year after year!
Queenstown International Airport makes getting here easy. Just a short 3 hour direct flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, or alternatively you can connect daily from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. Air New Zealand, Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar all fly to and from Queenstown Airport.
Many guests choose to fly directly into Queenstown, although it is also popular to include Queenstown as part of a wider itinerary of the South Island and/or New Zealand as a whole. Regardless of the length of your visit, Queenstown is definitely a ‘must see’ place to visit and we consider it the BEST place in New Zealand to get married!
Air travel times
Sydney to Queenstown- 3 hours
Melbourne to Queenstown- 3 hours
Brisbane to Queenstown- 3.5 hours
Auckland to Queenstown- 1.40 hours
Wellington to Queenstown- 1.20 hours
Christchurch to Queenstown- 50 minutes
Christchurch to Queenstown (486km) 6 hours
Dunedin to Queenstown (283km) 3.5 hours
Fox Glacier to Queenstown (381km) 5 hours
Wanaka to Queenstown (67km) 1 hour
Mount Cook to Queenstown (254km) 3.5 hours
Picton to Queenstown (814km) 11 hours
Getting married in New Zealand is so easy! Your celebrant can marry you at any time, on any day of the week, as long as the appropriate paperwork has been completed. The process is the same for everyone, whether you are already in New Zealand or coming from overseas.
Are you eligible to get married in New Zealand?
Anyone can marry in New Zealand, as long as you’re not:
- Already married or in a civil union, unless you are changing your relationship with the same person
- Under 16 – and if you are 16 or 17, you’ll need approval from the family court in order to get married
- Closely related by birth, marriage or adoption
The full list of people you cannot marry can be found online
Both same sex and different sex marriages are legal in New Zealand.
Choosing how you’d like to legalise your marriage
You will need to choose a New Zealand Registered Marriage Celebrant to officiate your marriage, and a location for your wedding to take place.
Think about when you want to get married, and where (you can legally get married at any location, however it is your responsibility to seek appropriate permissions.
Notice of Intended Marriage/Marriage licence
You must complete a Notice of Intended Marriage online, including a statutory declaration that the details provided are true and there is no lawful impediment to the marriage.
You’ll have to arrange your marriage licence no less than 3 working days and no more than 3 months before you want to get married. Many celebrants recommend applying for your marriage licence a month or two before your wedding day.
When applying for your marriage licence you will need to provide your celebrant’s name, your wedding location, and an approximate date of your wedding.
You will also be asked if you require a certificate to be sent to you after the ceremony – this certificate will be your official proof that your marriage has taken place and is registered in New Zealand. We recommend you pre-order your certificate when applying for your licence, but you can choose to order it at any time after your wedding if this is your preference.
The fee for a marriage licence in New Zealand is $150, a certificate $33 + optional courier fee (as at May, 2020).
For more information about getting a marriage licence in New Zealand, please visit
Interested in becoming a member?
The QWA is a “not for profit” organisation designed to bring the wider wedding community based in Queenstown closer, with a focus on providing networking opportunities and marketing initiatives to collectively promote Queenstown as a premier ‘destination wedding location’ by working together. If you would like to join Queenstown’s most popular wedding directory then email us today for more information.