Halls & Churches
St Leonard's Anglican Church is situated in the heart of Matakana village just opposite the Four Square. White walls reach to a sky-blue roof, white roses grow in the quaint, stone-walled church garden, and the trees beyond are currently putting on a fiery display of autumnal colour. Built and dedicated in 1914, St Leonard’s recently celebrated its centenary. Interested parties will need to email email@example.com. Whangateau Hall
Whangateau Hall sits in an idyllic spot along Leigh Road surrounded by acres of green fields and just a stone’s throw to the water. The dramatic tidal shift here makes for a serene setting. Since being built in 1889, this hall has hosted many fabulous events and is a treasured community icon. Accommodation is particularly easy with the campground just next door. The hall can hold 100 and hireage costs $150 per day plus a $450 bond. Contact Lynnette Penney on 09 422 6057 for bookings. St Michael and All Angels Church, Leigh
Leigh Church, officially St Michael and All Angels Church, can be found atop a hill along Hauraki Road, right next door to Leigh library (one of the cutest little libraries around). Leigh Church’s construction was finally finished and dedicated in 1915. Today, a trim of daffodils sets off the white fence and gated entrance that grace this lovely little village church. Interested parties will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Warkworth Masonic Hall
Warkworth Masonic Hall is in the centre of Warkworth on the edge of the lovely Lucy Moore Memorial Park and the Mahurangi river. It was built in the Greek Revival style in 1883 and is a Category 2 Historic place. With a maximum capacity of 100, hireage by the hour varies from $8.80 - $11. No bond required, but there is an $80 cleaning fee and if alcohol is to aid the celebrations then $90 covers security to swing by and ensure everything is hunky-dory. Contact 09 379 2030 for venue hire.
St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Matakana Country Park
Matakana Country Park is the new home of the historic and oh-so picturesque St Andrews Presbyterian Church, built in Matakana in 1895. Boasting its original kauri pews, the church seats 100 comfortably with a capacity of 120. The Church is available for you to bring your own minister or celebrant, however recommendations can also be made for you. For bookings and price enquiries contact Cheri Wright on 021 517 504 or email email@example.com. Mahurangi West Hall
Mahurangi West Hall is a hive of activity and standing proof of locals pulling together with a common goal of restoring and renovating. This pocket-sized hall was built in 1885 and seats a mere 30 (more at a squeeze standing up), but the large marquee site overlooking the picturesque Pukapuka Inlet allows for another 200 or so guests. Three-day hire for the whole venue is $800 plus $750 bond. Limited weddings per season are booking up fast! For inquiries contact Christine Halpin on 09 422 0101.
In the heart of the historic Puhoi village you will find the beautiful Puhoi church, officially named the ‘Church of Saints Peter and Paul’. Constructed by skilled Bohemian immigrants over 130 years ago, it’s one of the oldest Catholic churches in the area. It will seat 157 people, plus 40 ‘young and nimble’ up in the choir loft. This venue is only available for Catholic wedding services however; so for further info on hire costs/booking contact the Parish Priest on 09 425 8545. Pakiri War Memorial Hall and Pakiri Church
Pakiri Church is a lovely old Methodist church built in 1926 and gifted to the community about 10 years ago. It holds 50 people. A donation towards the restoration is suggested in lieu of hire fee - others have paid $150-$200. With no electricity or toilets, many parties choose to book the memorial hall across the road too. This can seat 120 comfortably, with a maximum capacity of 150. Full hireage is $300 plus bond of $250. Wild and windswept Pakiri Beach is a two-minute drive away – perfect spots for wedding photos abound.
For church bookings call Stephen Ruck (09) 422 6955, and for the hall contact Robert McLean (09) 422 6054.