Nearly two centuries ago, the first grapevines were planted at Kerikeri That was the work of Samuel Marsden, the driving force behind the establishment of Anglican mission stations in New Zealand.
Nearly two decades ago, Rod and Cindy MacIvor followed in his footsteps with the establishment of the vineyard and wine estate they named after him.
Marsden Estate is youthful by comparison, but the vineyard, the gardens and the estate building look well settled into the sub-tropical landscape of New Zealand’s Far North.
Just a few minutes’ drive from Kerikeri village, Marsden Estate offers wine sales, tastings and tours, with innovative cuisine to complement its award winning wines. It’s known for the relaxed atmosphere of its courtyard dining space overlooking the lake and vines, with innovative cuisine that showcases the unique flavours of the region.
The charm, style, atmosphere and history to be found at Marsden Estate make it a superb venue and events centre. The rendered building, designed by eccentric Welsh-born architect Martyn Evans, looks as matured as its European counterparts, without losing its archetypal Northland character.
The perfect destination for weddings, private parties and corporate functions.
Vineyards and weddings go hand in hand. Something about the two just seem to gel so well. We have been lucky to be part of that special day for so many couples over the past few years (almost two decades) and they always bring you back to the beginning. Breath taking, heart warming and so many moments where memories to be cherished are made.
One wedding to the next is never the same, its someone's vision, their dream, and we understand that. If you would like to enquire about our venue for your wedding, call us or pop in to arrange a meeting so we can get an idea of what you have in mind.
We have certain restrictions in terms of maximum numbers and also a high demand for dates over the summer period... But we strive to be as flexible and accommodating as we can be.
Jo and I had our wedding here on 27th Feb 2016. I have to say Cindy, with the assistance of Rod, Brenna and the professional team... thank you! The location of your vineyard and restaurant lends itself to a 'world class' setting. The carefully groomed lawns and gardens leading to the lily covered lake where we got married. To describe it as 'beautiful' may be an understatement. The silent effort you all put in behind the scenes meant we turned up to a professionally immaculate location for us to share for the rest of our lives. Guests comments included 'stunning location' and 'wedding of the year'. Thank you again for actually making our day so memorable.
-Blair and Mrs Howard