Wairarapa VenuesWairarapa Venues

Over the years, DJ Richard has entertained at dozens of venues across the Wairarapa, from Wharekauhau Luxury Country Estate in the south of the district, to Taureka Estate in Featherston, many of the wineries and vineyards in Martinborough and marquee weddings on private land in Masterton. Here are some of the photos from a few of the celebrations that Richard has entertained at in the Wairarapa district.

Wairarapa Venues

Here are some of the places and venues where Richard has worked in the Wairarapa region, 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.

Tirohana Estate, Martinborough

Wedding & corporate entertainment DJ at beautiful Tirohana Estate, Martinborough

A stunning wedding in the large marquee at Tirohana Estate

Here are some photos from weddings DJ Richard has entertained at Tirohana Estate wedding venue in Martinborough. In addition to the lovely elegant new semi-permanent marquee, Tirohana has a large carpark area that can host another large marquee and the service, food and wine are second to none. ‘Like’ Tirohana on Facebook.

A bit about Tirohana

A boutique award winning vineyard, Tirohana is a stunning and picturesque location in the heart of Martinborough’s wine region, producing Pinot Noir (Tirohana is proud to be the recipient of several awards and trophies), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Dessert wines. Owned by Raymond Thompson, the Estate is managed by his daughter Saranne and son-in-law Toby and has a staff of International professionals, both in the wine and hospitality areas.

The Venue

Tirohana Estate comprises an atmospheric Cellar Door, fine dining restaurant, sunny terraced patio and 5-star Qualmark rated accommodation (self-contained).

Wedding Co-ordination

Wedding co-ordination of all the elements onsite are ably looked after by our staff. If you book Tirohana Estate an update will be sent to you every quarter with monthly updates thereafter incorporating everything from napkins to transport. The week before the wedding, a checklist is sent through to ensure that everything is in place

A Tirohana Wedding

For groups of 30 or less, the Tirohana Cellars Restaurant is available for dining with dancing on the terraced patio under marquee cover. For groups of 31 to 50, a marquee on the terrace patio is available, with dancing in the marquee. For groups of 50 – 250, a marquee on the carpark to the front of the Cellar Door building is available, with inclement weather cover available on the terrace patio. Catering is provided by Tirohana Cellars whilst the bar service is provided by Tirohana Estate.

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa, Martinborough

Brackenridge Country Retreat and Spa is a truly wonderful place, either for your wedding or simply for a peaceful relaxing break away. Richard has entertained there several times over the last 10 or 15 years, and every celebration has been a complete success. From the manicured lawn garden wedding ceremony location, to the casual cocktails and canapés time, the wedding reception and then on to the lovely private villa accommodation, Brackenridge has it all. They even have a full spa menu to soothe away muscles after a night of dancing and celebrating!

Murdoch James Estate, Martinborough

A lovely venue I’ve only worked at a couple of times in the last 30 years is the lovely Murdoch James Estate, just out of Martinborough. I remember the last wedding there clearly though, as it was a German couple and the reception was full of fun games and German wedding traditions. It was a lot of fun and the family and guests were there to have a fantastic time.

Muirlea Rise, Martinborough

I was honoured to be the DJ for the first non-family wedding at Muirlea Rise in Martinborough. It is a small vineyard, in the heart of the Martinborough wine village. Established in 1987 by Lea and the late Willie Brown and still family owned and operated, with son Shawn currently the only second generation wine maker in Martinborough. Continuing the tradition of minimal intervention wines reflective of the growing season (all over the place), this was a wonderfully relaxed and casual venue.

Martinborough Hotel, Martinborough

I have entertained a few times at the quaint Martinborough Hotel, although I didn’t take photos at some of the events there it seems.

Peppers Parehua, Martinborough


DJ Richard has entertained a few times at Peppers Parehua in Martinborough, for wedding and corporate clients. It is a lovely venue, with wonderful private accommodation on site.