For wedding day memories you will cherish forever

Nelson is a city like no other in New Zealand. Surrounded by national parks, stunning beaches and crystal clear ocean, this is one of the country’s sunshine capitals and a sought after location for unforgettable weddings. Without a doubt the most desirable wedding venue in the city is the Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Here your wedding guests can stay in stylish luxury in the heart of the city and take advantage of a range of facilities that’s truly hard to beat.

At Rutherford Hotel Nelson we can ensure that your every request is met in full because we believe that flexibility is the key to a successful wedding. Our experienced staff will listen to your ideas, and then respond with a personalised solution crafted from the wide range of options available.

We are here to fulfil your wedding dreams, whether you prefer an outdoor ceremony and reception or wish to use one of our many specialist rooms or restaurants as your venue of choice, we can make sure you and your guests are always catered for.

To see what your wedding at Rutherford Hotel Nelson could be like, download our Wedding Packages.


Maitai Room

The Maitai Room is suitable for receptions of 300 - 450 guests, it has access to the outdoor courtyard, two foyer entrances to the room and ample natural light.

Or for smaller weddings the room can be divided into:

Maitai 1

Maitai 1 is suitable for receptions of 150 - 250 guests, it has access to the outdoor courtyard and the entrance is through the Riwaka foyer.

Maitai 2

Maitai 1 is suitable for receptions of up to 150,  with the entrance through the Maitai foyer.

Waimea / Wairau Room

This room is suitable for up to 150 guests, it has an in-built dance floor in the centre of the room and the entrance is through the Waimea foyer

Heaphy Room

Heaphy Room is suitable for up to 40 guests, it's intimate setting is perfect for smaller weddings with lovely natural light.