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Bridal Club Magazine

Four seasons in one place

In the 1860's, a gold rush lured miners to a rugged corner of New Zealand. I'm sure that the French Butel brothers never dreamed that what they established as a 500-acre wheat farm to feed the nearby town of Arrowtown would become a world class resort and an idyllic setting for weddings.

Today, the rustic remains of that farm live on in the restored buildings and an iconic avenue of trees that welcome visitors to Millbrook Resort, an international resort in total harmony with the land. This five-star, four-season property, set in a natural amphitheatre and surrounded by mountains, is blessed with stunning natural scenery and has much to offer prospective couples as they plan their big day. As well as a full range of luxurious, beautifully appointed accommodation, there's an 18-hole golf course, multi award-winning spa and a number of dining options.

An impressive 95% of the grounds is open space, creating a myriad of ceremony and photo opportunities. You can tie the knot just about anywhere on the grounds. A popular spot is beside the shimmering Millpond overlooking the manicured greens with Coronet Peak in the background; or there's the dappled shade of the trees beside the original Smithy shed, Orchard Hill which provides views overlooking the entire resort, or head behind the Villas for views over Lake Hayes and the Remarkables. With pebbled drives, rustic stone walls, mature trees, the shimmering pond and mountainous backdrops your photographer will have a field day!

If I was planning a large wedding, the Millbrook Pavilion would be high on my list! This permanent silk-lined and carpeted marquee has clear front and side walls and double doors and covered entrance overlooking the spectacular 27th green. On a more intimate scale, the Millhouse Conference Centre overlooks the Millpond and, having been restored from the original estate's wheat mill, is characteristic of Millbrook's old-world charm. Whether you'd like to offer your guests a casual but elegant barbeque beside the Millpond or a mouth-watering degustation menu, a talented catering team will put local wines and produce to good effect and can tailor menus to suit the most discerning palettes. Their selection of cold, hot and dessert canapés are mouthwatering! Guests heading to Queenstown from around New Zealand or from abroad are bound to want to stay longer than merely for the ceremony … as much as they love you, they'll fall in love with this region, too! Thankfully, Millbrook Resort offers a range of options from rooms and suites to cottages, villas and fairway homes, all complementing the style of the region. Recent and ongoing upgrades have cemented the Resort's 5-star status. You and your guests will be spoilt for choice, and a wedding at

This article was kindly supplied by My Wedding New Zealand's Premier Wedding Magazine

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