Hawkes Bay VenuesHere are some of the places and venues where Richard has worked in the Hawkes Bay region, either as DJ, MC, or both in recent years. There aren’t many wineries, venues or locations in Hawkes Bay where Richard hasn’t entertained yet, and for all the ones listed here, there are at least as many again where no photos were taken, and so no comments are here.
Hawkes Bay Venues
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Mission Estate, Napier

Mission Estate wedding venue in Napier, Hawkes Bay

Here are some photos from weddings DJ Richard has entertained at Mission Estate wedding venue in Hawkes Bay. It’s a spectacular relocated historic building with immaculate grounds, perfect for your summer wedding. Wedding ceremonies can be set up on the lawn in a couple of fantastic configurations and the gazebo is a great spot for pictures. Once inside, the church architecture is striking and the food and wine served are truly first rate. A very memorable venue indeed and one that Richard has entertained at many times.

Both visually and in terms of acoustics and sound quality, Richard’s Bose sound system fit this venue perfectly. Celebrations at The Mission are always memorable. The staff are attentive and polite, the food is sumptuous and the wines are superb. Talk with Richard about the options for your wedding celebration at The Mission Estate.

The Old Church Restaurant, Napier

Wedding reception at the Old Church Restaurant, NapierThe Old Church Restaurant & Winery Venue in Napier

Here are some photos from a wedding DJ Richard has entertained at The Old Church Restaurant wedding venue in Napier, Hawkes Bay. It’s an exquisite venue, with a beautifully maintained Italian style outdoor courtyard that’s perfect for wedding ceremonies, and a truly impressive interior. I absolutely love working in with the team at Old Church and am a regular entertainer there.

Typically weddings are held over three distinct spaces, the outdoor courtyard for the ceremony, cocktails and canapés, the main restaurant for the wedding party’s personalised introductions, the meal and the speeches, then the conservatory room for the dancing.

The Old Church is a mix of glamour and warmth, of high style and unexpected details. With exquisite lighting and sumptuous fabrics, it is a theatrical setting suitable for any event! With their amazing attention to detail, they’ll make sure your event is wonderfully unforgettable. Catering to large or small intimate group, their soul lies in a rich combination of sensual design, impeccable attention to detail, and above all, an anything-is-possible staff whose mission it is to exceed expectaions.

Working at The Old Church is always a pleasure for me and every wedding I’ve entertained there has been relaxed, easy, spectacular and uniquely different.

Craggy Range Vineyards, Havelock North

Craggy Range is one of the most spectacular locations in the North Island of New Zealand. Not only are they a producer of world-class wines, the food and venue are stunning also. The first wedding I’ve entertained here as DJ and MC is depicted in the photos below. The ceremony took place in the Sophia Barrel Room, a cylindrical room with 12 huge oak barrels. The Bose L1 Compact was a perfect match for this area, putting clear, even sound out which could be heard by everyone without being too loud. It was also virtually invisible and not a visual distraction from the gorgeous ceremony.

Cocktails and canapés were enjoyed post-ceremony in the tasting room while the wedding party were out getting their pictures taken and then all the guests moved through to Terroir Restaurant for the wedding reception.

Te Awa Winery and Restaurant, Hastings

wedding-dj-hawkes-bayTe Awa Winery wedding venue in Hawkes Bay

Here are some photos from weddings DJ Richard has entertained at Te Awa Winery wedding venue in Hawkes Bay. Te Awa has a lovely outdoor lawn glade amongst mature trees for your garden wedding ceremony and the reception area has a delightful rustic, yet elegant feel to it.

Richard can have visually discreet sound system set up outside so that your guests can all hear your vows, readings and celebrant’s words clearly and ensuring that the right track is played at the exact right moment and correct volume during your garden wedding ceremony.

This system can then keep the subtle background music going to entertain guests and form a seamless musical background while guests enjoy cocktails and canapes. When you return from photos, the stage is set for your personalised introductions and the reception is underway with style.

Richard has entertained many times at Te Awa Winery and would be thrilled to talk with you about your plans for your big day at this special venue.

Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North

Black Barn Vineyards wedding venue in Hawkes Bay

Here are some photos from weddings DJ Richard has entertained at Black Barn Winery wedding venue in Hawkes Bay. Black Barn has a lovely outdoor area covered with overhead grape vines for your wedding ceremony and the reception area is elegant, spacious and very nicely decorated.

Ormlie Lodge, Taradale

Weddings at Ormlie Lodge, Taradale, Hawkes Bay

St Patrick’s Day in 2012 was one to remember for those of us at Tony & Wendy’s wedding at beautiful Ormlie Lodge in Taradale, Hawkes Bay. The homestead is set amongst lovely, well manicured gardens and the lawn below the house is perfect for a sunny garden wedding. The atmosphere and service at Ormlie was relaxed and the scene was set for a great fun celebration. Although these pictures were taken on a cellphone, hopefully you’ll get an appreciation for how much fun everyone had on the day.

Since that day, Ormlie Lodge has been sold and the new owners Mike & Anna are keeping it active as a function venue. After seeing the changes already, especially in the gardens, I know Mike & Anna will re-establish the venue and once again this grand old lady can be a first-rate venue for wonderful garden wedding celebrations.

Church Road Winery, Taradale

On several occasions I’ve been hired to be the DJ and/or Master of Ceremonies (MC) at weddings at Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay. It is a gorgeous venue, with lovely expansive lawn area, and the most wonderful opportunity to make a Grand Entrance to the wedding reception between the barrels. Here are a few of the photos that will give you an idea of what an outdoor wedding ceremony on the lawn, followed by a night of DJ entertainment at Church Road Winery is like.


The barrel room has now been partially emptied of barrels and is used as seating for guests. The pictures of the ceremony and ceremony sound system below were in the Cuve Room, now a popular location for wedding ceremonies.

Estuarys Restaurant, Marineland Motel, Napier

Double 40th Celebration at Estuarys Restaurant, Marineland Motel, Napier

Easter Sunday seemed like a great night for Brady & Dawn to celebrate their 40th birthdays and what better location than the lovely setting at Estuarys Restaurant at Napier’s Marineland Motel. Around 50 guests dressed up for the ‘Rock Star’ theme and set about enjoying the evening. Richard set up his DJ equipment in the conservatory, which was all opened up as the evening was calm, warm and picturesque. Being a double 40th celebration, the crowd was heavily into the classics, and with the theme, 70’s and 80’s rock music featured strongly. The play list is at the end of this post for your amusement.

DJ gear pictured here was a Bose L1 Compact, Galaxy laser effects light, a pair of AmericanDJ JellyDome LED effects lights and Richard’s custom DJ console. Although a Bose B2 subwoofer was also on hand, it stayed in the car as it would have been considerable overkill for the size of the crowd and venue. Also noise complaints from 4km away aren’t unheard of…

Here’s the eclectic playlist from the night:

Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts 1-7) (16:44)
Led Zeppelin – Black Dog (4:47)
Dire Straits – Telegraph Road (13:48)
Chris Rea – The Road To Hell (Parts I & II) (4:18)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Keep On Chooglin’ [Live] (12:48)
The Temptations – Papa Was A Rollin’Stone (6:44)
Joe Cocker – Delta Lady (2:47)
Tina Turner & Ike Turner – Proud Mary (4:37)
Cold Chisel – Cheap Wine (3:12)
Little River Band – The Other Guy (2:43)
Eagles – Heartache Tonight (4:22)
Jimmy Barnes – Higher & Higher (2:50)
Three Dog Night – Mama Told Me (Not To Come) (3:15)
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side (4:02)
Doobie Brothers – Black Water (4:02)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Hey Tonight (2:34)
Van Morrison – Full Force Gale (3:09)
Little River Band – Cool Change (4:51)
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Southern Cross (4:35)
Eagles – Tequila Sunrise (2:49)
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (5:43)
Jim Steinman – Rock & Roll Dreams Come Throug (5:27)
Kiss – God Gave Rock ‘n Roll To You (5:05)
Meatloaf – Hot Summer Night (Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth) (4:07)
David Bowie – Jean Genie (4:03)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son (2:14)
Doobie Brothers – China Grove (3:13)
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy? (4:15)
The Beatles – Come Together (4:10)
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk (3:14)
KT Tunstall – Black Horse & The Cherry Tree (2:48)
Eric Hutchinson – Rock & Roll (3:53)
Amy Winehouse Ft Jay Z – Rehab (3:50)
Killers – Mr. Brightside (3:41)
Van Morrison – Gloria (2:34)
Jimmy Barnes – Chain Of Fools (3:14)
Fleetwood Mac – Don’t Stop (3:09)
Doobie Brothers – Listen To The Music (3:38)
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary (3:03)
Stealers Wheel & Reservoir Dogs – Stuck In The Middle With You (3:15)
Journey – Don’t Stop Believing (Full Tilt) (5:07)
Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (Dirty Funker Remix) (6:04)
Queen vs The Miami Project – Another One Bites The Dust (Cedric Gervais & Sun Mix) (3:57)
Pink Floyd – The Wall (White Label Dance Remix) (6:18)
Eric Prydz – Call On Me (Radio Edit) (2:44)
Max Graham & Yes – Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Remix) (2:37)
Kash & Inxs – Dream On Black Girl (3:15)
NYCC – Highway To Hell (3:12)
Royal Gigolos (Mamas & Papas) – California Dreamin 2004 (House Mix) (3:14)
Queen – I Want To Break Free [White Label Remix] (5:31)
Moustache & Melinda Jackson ft Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere (3:37)
Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby Mcgee (4:27)
Kinks – Lola (4:01)
Three Dog Night – Joy To The World (3:27)
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride (3:58)
Hollies – Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress (3:13)
The Doors – Roadhouse Blues (4:01)
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild (3:25)
Rolling Stones – Satisfaction (3:42)
Abba – Dancing Queen (3:44)
Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (4:38)
Hot Chocolate – You Sexy Thing [80’s Remix] (3:26)
Jacksons – Blame It On The Boogie (3:27)
Various Artists – Dirty Dancing Megamix 2004 (10:10)
Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta – Grease Megamix (4:46)
The Beatles – Twist & Shout (2:31)
Cher – The Shoop Shoop Song (2:42)
Los Lobos – La Bamba (2:43)
Dave & The Dynamos – Life Begins At 40 (3:42)
Beach Boys – Help Me Rhonda (3:04)
Belinda Carlisle – Heaven Is A Place On Earth (3:56)
Madonna – Like A Virgin (3:07)
Prince – Raspberry Beret (3:23)
Elvis Presley – Good Luck Charm (2:18)
Elvis Presley – All Shook Up (1:55)
Leif Garrett – Runaround Sue (2:16)
Lulu – Shout (2:49)
Jim Croce – Bad Leroy Brown (2:56)
Elton John – Crocodile Rock (3:48)
Daddy Cool – Eagle Rock (4:07)
Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – Islands In The Stream (4:04)
Cold Chisel – Khe Sanh (4:05)
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me (4:49)
Bon Jovi – Livin’ On A Prayer (3:50)
Jimmy Barnes – Working Class Man (3:25)
ACDC – You Shook Me All Night Long (3:29)
Kid Rock – All Summer Long (4:52)
LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennet & GoonRock) (4:19)
Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger (feat. Christina Aguilera) (3:20)
LMFAO – Sexy & I Know It (3:15)
B52’s – Love Shack (5:17)
Pink – Get The Party Started (3:07)
Alice Cooper – School’s Out (3:26)
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl (3:00)
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline (Live) (3:58)
John Cougar Mellencamp – Hurt So Good (3:31)
Doobie Brothers – Long Train Runnin’ (Original) (3:24)
Eminem Feat Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie (4:21)
Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire (2:32)
Frank Sinatra – New York New York (3:26)

Elephant Hill Wine Estate and Restaurant, Haumoana

Although it has been a few years, I’ve entertained twice at spectacular Elephant Hill Winery in Hawkes Bay. It’s one of the more unique venues in the region, and the photos I have really do not do the venue or the location justice. Elephant Hill is very well worth considering for your wedding or special event, and my DJ equipment is totally sympathetic to the decor, layout and style there.

Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings

Another new venue for me recently was the Hawkes Bay Opera House in Hastings. The Shakespeare Room served as location for both the wedding ceremony and reception for Grant & Diane’s mature, intimate wedding. The room really was perfect for painting with colour and with the help of my intelligent controlled RGBAW uplighting, I was able to constantly transform the look and feel of the room throughout the night.

I played the music for the wedding ceremony, then the cocktails & canapes hours, then was both Master of Ceremonies (MC) and DJ for the reception to follow. As this was a very small wedding, the pictures don’t show dozens of people up dancing, but that floor was occupied all night, with a classic array of timeless tracks.

Cheval Room, Hawkes Bay Racecourse, Hastings

The Cheval Room, Hawkes Bay Racecourse in Hastings.

Clearview Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay

Clearview Estate Winery, Hawkes Bay is nestled amongst olive trees and vineyards on the Te Awanga coast. The iconic rustic red shed restaurant provides the perfect relaxed winery wedding venue. The meals are wonderful and the wines magnificent. It was very much a relaxed feel to the wedding Richard entertained at Clearview, and everything just meandered along at a lovely pace. Highly enjoyable.