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Top 10 ways to wed in NZ

7 November 2009

There's nowhere in the world you'll find divine extremes of nature such as New Zealand offers. Majestic snow capped mountain peaks, clear tranquil lakes, dense rain forest, bubbling hot mud pools and all within two relatively small strips of island.

Here's ididjeridoo's fave options for the modern bride and groom-to-be getting married in New Zealand:

1. Bungy Jump Wedding - Definitely something strictly for the fearless! Why not have your ceremony on a bridge then celebrate the bond by bungy jumping to the bottom. There are a few options to choose from such as the Kawarau Suspension Bridge - a 43m drop from the bungy jump platform to the river.  The Skippers Canyon Bridge that towers 71m over the narrow Shotover River Gorge, the Pipeline  - 102m high, built on a single span suspension bridge across Skippers Canyon and for the brave hearted there's The Nevis Highwire, a trepidation leap from the Gondola Jump Pod at 134m.

2. Glacier Wedding - The two most famous glaciers in New Zealand are the Fox and the Franz Josef. Nowhere else in the world, at this latitude, have glaciers advanced so close to the sea. These two glaciers are just what glaciers should be - mighty rivers of ice, tumbling down a valley towards the sea.

3. Mount Cook Wedding - The Mt Cook National Park is 700sq km in area and is one of the most spectacular, in a country famous for its parks. Of the 27 New Zealand mountains, over 22 are in this park, including the mighty Mt Cook. At 3,755m this is the highest peak in Australasia. What a beautiful backdrop for your wedding ceremony.

4. Waterfall Wedding - This nature-packed wedding would delight anyone. The Hunua Falls in the Hunua Range Regional Park provide a wonderful stage, with native bush and a beautiful waterfall in the background.

5. Fiordland Wedding - To be married on the water whilst cruising the Fiord in a spacious modern vessel with the views of the Luxurian Rain Forest that clings to sheer rock walls washed with waterfalls. With luck on your side you may even catch sight of dolphins, seals and rare penguins!

6. Thermal Wedding - Rotorua is situated in the North Island and is best known for their thermal reserve. The most spectacular geyser is Pohutu, an active geyser that usually erupts at least once an hour. Pohutu spurts hot water about 20m into the air, with the average eruption lasting about 5 to 10 minutes.

7. The Marae Wedding - ‘Nga Hau E Wha National Marae’ is one of the largest Marae in New Zealand. The Marae is a place of great prestige and spirituality, where Maori customs and culture are preserved and practiced. ‘Nga Hau E Wha’ means the ‘Marae of the Four Winds’, where people from all points of the compass meet and where people from all cultures are welcome. Before your wedding ceremony, a welcoming ritual called ‘te powhiri ki te manuhiri’ will welcome you onto the Marae.

8. Castle Wedding - Castle Claremont was originally built in the late 1860’s for one of New Zealand’s most famous pioneering families. Purchased by the Catholic Church in the early 1900’s to be turned into a monastery. Today this beautiful chapel has been delicately restored, while the 35 acres of colorful gardens surrounding this beautiful building add another dimension to this wonderful

9. Chateau Wedding - The Chateau Tongariro - surrounded by elegance and grandeur, nestled in a world heritage area and in the presence of three mighty volcanoes, the Chateau Tongariro provides the most fitting backdrop for a special celebration.

10. Beach Wedding – The Abel Tasman National Park offers some of the best sailing in New Zealand and some of the most beautiful, secluded inlets, coves and bays for beach weddings in New Zealand. Say your "I do's" with the on sand between your toes and the sea gently lapping at the shore at Adele Island.

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Shadan is the Aussie girl who married a Kiwi boy, and discovered first hand the lack of help available for UK-based Antipodeans returning "home" to marry.

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