Whare Paddock & Woolshed at Punawaitai - Venue for hire


Hawke’s Bay, woolshed venue

This woolshed has seen weddings and parties, dances and sheep shearing. The whare paddock has 2 hectares of flat space all around, plenty of space for marquees for your party or glam tents for guests, ideal for your wedding reception.  There are 150 year old oak trees and the woolshed, barns and sheep yards to provide a rural backdrop to your event.

This is a traditional, working woolshed in a picturesque valley by the sea and a real slice of rural New Zealand. Here’s your chance to do your own thing: get rustic and authentically as kiwi as a black singlet. The photography opportunities are outstanding.

There is cabin accommodation onsite and caterers’ kitchen (additional charges may apply), plus a covered BBQ area. Additional guest accommodation for up to 100 people in local beach baches can be arranged on request.

As a base for a sporting event there are challenging hills and a quick step to a 21km long stretch of beach: running, orienteering, horse treks, 4WD Rallies, cycling.

This is a DIY space, paint your event on this classic kiwi canvas.

For a bit more sophistication, see the Punawaitai Homestead. Helicopter landing is available on a nearby paddock and there is an airstrip for small planes.

For a classic Hawke’s Bay wedding venue, enquire for details.



  • Accommodation
  • Bond/Deposit Required
  • Full kitchen
  • Onsite parking
  • Stage

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Central Hawke's Bay

Central Hawke

There are two main towns in Central Hawke’s Bay – Waipukurau and Waipawa – with a number of smaller townships including Otane, Takapau, Tikokino, Porangahau and Ongaonga; as well as several beach townships including Kairakau, Pourerere, Aramoana, Blackhead and Te Paerahi.

State Highway 2 runs through the centre of Central Hawke’s Bay leading south to Palmerston North and the Wairarapa and north to Hastings and Napier.


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