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Wedding magic

When it comes to your wedding, there’s nothing that feels too special.

From the flowers to the food, the dress to the dancing, the day should be perfect.

And for those wanting an extra special day, Peppers on the Point can deliver all of that and more within their exclusive Rotorua location.

“In the last global financial crisis, the owners decided to replicate visiting the chapel in Tekapo with a purpose-built chapel on the property,” says Peppers on thes Point lodge manager Ann Gregor-Greene.

“The idea was that, with the slowing down of international visitors to New Zealand, we could offer weddings on the property.

“So the property has been hosting weddings ever since and now more than ever due to less international guests coming to the property.”

This five star boutique lodge is set on two hectares of gated, meticulously manicured gardens located right on the edge of Lake Rotorua, providing the perfect backdrop to a romantic day.

Situated right on the water’s edge, Peppers on the Point opens guests up to experiences they won’t get anywhere else.

“There is a jetty and, weather permitting, the float plane can collect from the jetty for ‘bucket list’ flight excursions over the crater lakes and volcanic regions, hot pools and more,” says Ann.

“We have two full-time gardeners who take care of the flowers, lawns and gardens and, who also manage a number of petting animals we have on the property.

“The property, prior to any Europeans, was a Maori pa site, so it is steeped in culture and heritage and history. It has quite an interesting story which is depicted on a story board at the bottom of the property,” says Ann.

The purpose-built chapel has an expansive window overlooking New Zealand’s version of Romeo and Juliet’s home, Mokoia Island, and panoramic views of Lake Rotorua.

“Peppers on the Point is a fabulous place to say ‘I do’ to the love of your life. With beautiful wooden pews, a full sound system and, with the conservatory we have in the main lodge, we can host up to 70 guests for a really intimate, exclusive wedding experience,” says Ann.

With all the basics covered – including crockery and cutlery, chairs and tables, tablecloths, chair sashes, dance floor and more, Ann says the team at Peppers on the Point helps to make your magical day as smooth and stress-free as possible.

“We have a wonderful experienced team of chefs and waitstaff, and we can theme the conservatory to the style that the bride and groom choose.

“We also have a dedicated wedding coordinator to manage the event from start to finish.

“The lodge can also be purchased as a full buyout for guests who want a more private event,” says Ann.

“Once upon a time, when we had the international visitors coming through, we didn’t always have the opportunity to showcase the property or the food and beverage offerings to locals, but now we are able to host locals and domestics to our restaurant, the Mains at Peppers: www.themainsatpeppers.co.nz and we also have a calendar of wonderful events,” says Ann.

The team at Peppers on the Point will be attending the Bay of Plenty Wedding show at booth number 53, held at TrustPower Arena on Sunday, May 30, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, visit: www.weddingsatpeppers.co.nz

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