Queenstown & Central Otago VenuesQueenstown and Central Otago Venues

Over the years, DJ Richard has entertained at dozens of venues across the Queenstown and Central Otago regions, from Wanaka to Cromwell, and many of the wineries and vineyards in Queenstown and her surrounding areas. Here are some of the photos from a few of the celebrations that Richard has entertained at in the Queenstown and Central Otago district.

Queenstown and Central Otago Venues
Here are some of the places and venues where Richard has worked in the Queenstown and Central Otago regions, either as DJ, MC, or both in recent years. Please click on the links to view pictures or to go to the venue’s website.
The Skyline, Queenstown


Queenstown-queenstown-2574054-1279-858Ed & Amanda’s Stunning Queenstown Wedding

In July 2012 I was fortunate enough to be asked by Ed and Amanda to be the Master of Ceremonies and the DJ at their wedding at the Skyline in Queenstown. I’m becoming a bit of a regular in Central Otago these days and I am always thrilled to have another opportunity to visit this spectacular location.

Ed and Amanda live in Australia, so to make their dream wedding a reality, they hired Wedding Planning superstar Laura Larsson from Mint Events. Under Laura’s loving touch, the most breathtaking wedding celebration took shape. From the gondola ride up to the venue, the incredible detail that went into this day became apparent. The white carpet and entire-room white draping were bespoke, tailored specifically for Ed & Amanda. Ed and the boys arrived by black helicopter before the ceremony. Luge rides had been organised for the under-14s while the wedding party had their pictures taken a helicopter ride away and guests were treated to hot mulled wine and hot chocolate.

The meal was simply stunning, the speeches were both heartfelt and hilarious and then it was time to move through to the reception dance. A special cocktail was handed out to guests as they were entertained by Skyline’s Maori troupe, with a haka, a karakea and pokarekareana, which was just beautiful. The first dance and family dances set the tone for a steady night of dancing and celebrating until midnight. Definitely a wedding to remember and what a delightfully relaxed, fun and enthusiastic couple Ed and Amanda are! Here’s an email I received just days later…

Hi Richard, We just had to send you a huge THANK YOU for being the absolute best MC and DJ we could of hoped for on our perfect wedding day! We really appreciated your natural charm and the way in which you managed everything and everyone so well from start to finish! You never missed a beat with the music and you were definitely the warm, caring and humorous MC we were expecting.

We were hoping we hadn’t given you too much to do but you did both with outstanding ease and a constant smile which we’ll be forever grateful for! We only have fantastic memories of our ‘big day’ and we know this is largely thanks to your management and expertise so again, THANKS!
Ed & Amanda, wedding at The Skyline in Queenstown

Rippon Hall in Wanaka
One of the most breathtaking locations in New Zealand is the Central Otago Southern Lakes district, and although a lot less busy than Queenstown, Wanaka is every bit as gorgeous. The scenery is unreal in every direction and the feeling of the town is less intense, less ‘touristy’. I first saw Rippon Hall in 2014, when I visited on a business trip. I was thrilled when Chris & Heidi booked me for their wedding there and I got to return in October 2015.

Rippon Hall is a stunner. The food, the wine, the venue and the views are all beyond describing. Instead of trying, I’ll attach some photos of Rippon Hall and the general Wanaka area for you to see for yourself.

Incidentally, here’s what Chris & Heidi wrote to me just a few weeks after their wedding;

Dear Richard,we hope you are well.  Chris & I would both like to thank you so much for being our amazing MC & DJ on our best day ever!!

Both of us, along with our guests had the most amazing wedding day & night, it was more perfect than we both could have dreamed of & we need to thank you for making the music, speeches & reception run extremely smoothly. Even when things weren’t running to our original timeline you worked with our amazing caterers & suggested ways to make everything continue to work & run smoothly.

With you running our reception, we didn’t have to worry or stress about a thing on our wedding night

You are very professional, fun & great at what you do. Thank you for sharing in our special day, we are so grateful that we had you there to keep our entire day/night on track because with you running our reception, we didn’t have to worry or stress about a thing on our wedding night, we could both just sit back, enjoy the night & take it all in.

We are so glad that we made the decision to fly you down from Wellington to share in our special day.  With thanks,
Heidi & Chris Hodge, Rippon Hall, Wanaka

Millbrook Resort in Queenstown
One of the more spectacular and auspicious venues I’ve entertained at is Millbrook Resort near Queenstown. It’s a fantastic location for weddings or corporate events and as you can see from the pictures below, the views are just stunning. This particular wedding in 2010 was a great celebration, with the ceremony beside one of the greens of the Millbrook golf course, cocktails & canapés on the deck of The Clubhouse, then the reception in the Millbrook Pavillion. Definitely one of the auspicious locations in Queenstown and Central Otago, and one to consider carefully.

Please click on the links to read more about these venues and see pictures from events when Richard has been DJ, MC, Celebrant or all three!