Robin’s Nest for Weddings

Whether you’re searching for that picturesque and natural backdrop for your outdoor ceremony, or a day-night venue where you can celebrate with family and friends, Ngā Manu offers an idyllic wetland and forest setting. With 14 hectares of nature reserve to explore, photo opportunities are endless!

We offer Robin’s Nest for gatherings of up to 90 people. This beautiful space provides year-round options – in summer, wonderful indoor-outdoor flow allows your guests access to a large deck and lawn; in the cooler months, stay warm inside while enjoying the wetland view.

Robin’s Nest has ramp access from a private carpark which can be used by guests and caterers. The building is equipped with a servery and sink area. Alcohol may be consumed on the premises but Ngā Manu Trust does not possess a license to sell or supply alcohol. Toilet facilities with wheelchair access are via a short covered walkway.

We can recommend experienced local wedding services, celebrants and caterers who are familiar with the venue to tailor your unique day or you may prefer to make your own arrangements.

Theo’s Cottage, which is adjacent to Robin’s Nest, may be hired as a dressing room, a place for the children in your bridal party to find sanctuary or it could provide convenient, overnight accommodation for up to 4 people.

We offer:

  • Our private lawn beside the main pond
  • Free access into the Reserve for your Bridal Party and photographer
  • Discounted admission into the Reserve for your guests
  • Wet-weather option of Robin’s Nest (additional charges apply)
  • Chairs and trestle tables available for hire

Pricing:

1) Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony During Staffed Hours – Use of our private lawn – $200 for 3 hours hire between 9am to 5pm.

2) Your Outdoor Wedding Ceremony After-Hours – Use of our private lawn – $350 for hire from 5pm – 8pm.

3) Your Wedding Ceremony with Robin’s Nest during staffed hours – Use of our private lawn and Robin’s Nest – $400 for 3 hours hire between 9am to 5pm. Maximum of 90 people.

4) Your Wedding Ceremony with Robin’s Nest After-Hours – Use of our private lawn and Robin’s Nest – $550 for hire from 5pm – 8pm. Maximum of 90 people.

Optional:

  • Discounted admission into the Reserve for your guests during Reserve opening hours (10am to 5pm) – Adult Admission $10 and Children under 16 years are free
  • $2 chairs (90 available)
  • $5 trestle tables (12 available)
  • $50 Furniture set up fee (to your plan)

If you require additional time for set-up or pack-down outside your 3 hour hire please discuss this with us.

Non-refundable deposits are required to secure a booking:

  • Wedding ceremony deposit – Half of the total
  • Theo’s Cottage deposit – $75

We offer:

  • Robin’s Nest and private lawn from 9am till midnight on your Wedding day for your ceremony and reception.
  • Access to the Reserve for your wedding rehearsal
  • Free access into the Reserve for your Bridal Party and photographer
  • Discounted admission into the Reserve for your guests
  • Access to 90 chairs and 12 trestle tables

An after-hours staffing fee applies from 5pm – $40 per hour (minimum of 3 hours)

Optional:

  • Furniture set up fee (to your plan) -$50
  • Carpeted stage blocks available – $20 each
  • Discounted admission into the Reserve for your guests during Reserve opening-hours (Adult $10 and Children under 16 years are free)
  • Access to Robin’s Nest for set-up on the day prior is charged at $450 (access from 9am to 4pm), or $200 (access from 1pm to 4pm)
  • Access to Robin’s Nest for pack-down on day after between the hours of 9am to midday – $65 per hour
  • Use of Theo’s Cottage– $140

Non-refundable deposits are required to secure a booking:

  • Wedding Reception deposit – $300
  • Theo’s Cottage deposit – $75
  • Maximum numbers – Robin’s Nest is resource consented for a maximum of 90 people, which includes your caterers, musicians etc
  • Health and Safety policy – Clients will be responsible for disseminating Ngā Manu’s health and safety requirements to their guests
  • Damage to Ngā Manu property – As hirer you will be responsible for any replacement costs resulting from breakage or damage to Ngā Manu property by your guests.
  • Alcohol policy – Ngā Manu does not have a license to supply or sell alcohol. The sale of alcohol is prohibited on our premises. You may bring your own alcohol or have it supplied by a caterer. Alcohol is only to be consumed in the function area and is not allowed in the Reserve.
  • No smoking policy – Smoking is not permitted anywhere on site (Including the carparks)
  • Noise restrictions – Ngā Manu complies with Kapiti Coast District Council’s noise restrictions, which will apply to after-hours functions. During Reserve opening hours we request that your entertainment be at a volume that does not impact on the enjoyment of other visitors.
  • Security – We will hire a security guard for all events which take place after 5pm to midnight. An after-hours staffing fee applies of $35 per hour (minimum of 3 hours). They will be there to assist you with any emergencies, to monitor the carpark, make sure that guests do not wander into the Reserve and to make sure the number of people at the function does not exceed our 90-person limit.
  • Waste Policy – Bins are provided in the kitchen area and main hall of the Function Centre. Wheelie bins are provided around the lawn area. Please make sure that all waste goes into the bins. All recyclables are to be taken away by the client.
  • Payment – deposit to be paid 3 months prior to the day of the event. Final payment to be paid on the 20th of the month after the event has been held.

Please email Admin@ngamanu.co.nz or call 04 293 4131 to make an appointment to view our facitlities and discuss your requirements