There are some spectacular privately owned properties around Auckland that charge very reasonable rates to rent their land for weddings and events. A large paddock with a view of the ocean provides a beautiful vista and great photographic opportunities. Working with a large ‘blank canvas’ does mean you need to organise everything from the ground up: toilets, heating, generators, transportation, a food prep area, car-parking, lighting, furniture, and the list goes on. If its a rural area don’t forget suppliers will need transportation costs covered. Islands (such as Waiheke) are idyllic settings but transportation for both suppliers and guests can be an issue, along with travel time restrictions. Try to find a location near main centres to avoid these additional costs. Look for a site where property owners are experienced in event-planning and can help you pull everything together. Jonkers Farm is a great example of a stellar location with owners that have enormous experience in wedding and event management. Jonkers is situated a breath away from Bethells Beach and has spectacular panoramic views of both the east and west coasts. For ninety years, five generations of the Jonkers family have farmed the land at ‘Puketotora’ (the original Maori name for the land on which Jonkers Farm now stands) and run it as a working farm. This spectacular 540 acre property is also a global destination for film and special events. The property boasts streams, waterfalls, native bush and even an air-strip – and owners Greg and Jo are well rehearsed in pulling together amazing events here. Be sure to book with them well in advance as they are an operating farm as well as a much-in-demand film location. Click here if you would like more information about Jonkers Farm. www.jonkersfarm.co.nz – phone 09 – 8108189