It’s safe to say that the Kapiti Coast is simply jaw-dropping at every turn; from the wild, windswept beaches at the West to the majestic hills standing tall on the East. You’re certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a wedding venue - so we spoke to Shona Lincoln from Matai Huka Garden Weddings, to hear a bit more about their piece of paradise nestled amongst gorgeous, lush native bush.

So, where did it all start? Shona says that the beginnings of this spectacular venue was a desire to work from home, surrounded by the beautiful gardens on their property. “After 15 years on the road as a Pharmacy Rep, I wanted to work from home as I love to be in the garden. I thought it would be great to share what we have created here (we started with a large paddock!).”


Bride and father at Matai Huka


Matai Huka is certainly much more than a large paddock now! Its expansive property covers an incredible eight acres of drop-dead gorgeous scenery, which is perfect for weddings. “We have endless photo opportunities on the property, from an old Fergie tractor to a rockery with old wagon wheels, and a backdrop of native bush, lakes and gardens!” - what more could you want!


What’s more, Matai Huka offers a complete wedding package, which covers everything from the venue, marquee, and flowers, to the photographer, food and beverages. “We take care of everything,” says Shona, “you just arrive on the day!”. One of Shona’s favourite parts of her job is meeting with all the wonderful couples, and personalising their weddings to make each and every one special and unique to them.


Matai Huka Gardens ceremony area


Looking for a venue? We are so lucky to have so many beautiful spots around the Kapiti Coast, and it can be an overwhelming decision to make. But Shona sums it up perfectly - “Pick exactly what feels right for you”.


Find out more about Matai Huka Garden Weddings here.