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Wedding ceremonies on public spaces

Tauranga has many beautiful parks, reserves and beaches for weddings ceremonies. If you would like to hold your wedding ceremony on the beach, in a park or reserve that is managed by Tauranga City Council, this is what you need to know:

It is recommended that you make a request to hold your ceremony on public land using the scheduling system. It allows you to check for availability of other weddings and events; and to also advise other people of your use. Council hopes that all wedding parties will use this scheduling tool to minimise the possibility of event clashes on the day, however this does not allow you exclusive use of a public space. If Council becomes aware of an event that may impact your ceremony, we will endeavour to contact you via the scheduling system to notify you of the event.

Request to hold your ceremony here

Make a wedding ceremony request

Please accept that you make your application by accepting the following terms:

Council cannot make any specific arrangements to prepare the site for your ceremony e.g. mowing the reserve the day before your ceremony. All reserves are on a specific mowing and maintenance regime with our contractors.

Non-exclusive site use

Council is not responsible if someone else wishes to use or is already using the site at the time you wish to use it.  Whilst we encourage people to use the scheduling system, you are using a public space and other members of the public are entitled to use the reserve at the time you are there.

The use of public spaces for wedding ceremonies are at no cost.

Popular Ceremony Locations

Mount Main Beach (206kb pdf)
McLaren Falls (90kb pdf)
Memorial Park (453kb pdf)
Papamoa Beach Domain (413kb pdf)
Yatton Park (710kb pdf)


You are responsible for the removal of rubbish relating to your ceremony.

Reinstatement of the site

You are responsible for reinstatement of any damage to the grounds.

Protection of trees and Council structures

Signs, banners, guy ropes etc. are not permitted to be affixed to any tree or structure on the reserve.

Equipment permitted

The use of a small number of chairs and tables is permitted. The use of minor infrastructure such as tables and chairs and a 3m x 3m gazebo is permitted. Safety of these structures is your responsibility. Please ensure they are removed from the site immediately after the ceremony.

You are permitted to display small signs to direct guests to your ceremony but these must be self-standing and not fixed to any existing natural or manmade structure.

Any signs, furniture or decorations must be removed from the ceremony location upon your departure.

Amplified sound

If you are intending to use low level background music and a microphone for your wedding ceremony, please make sure the speakers are facing away from neighbouring properties and businesses. If you are on the beach the speakers should point towards the ocean. Public parking areas must remain available to the public and cannot be reserved exclusively for your guests. Vehicle access is not permitted onto the reserves for weddings so all access must be on foot for the bridal party and guests.

Alcohol at your wedding ceremony

Various locations within the Tauranga City Council area are designated as being “Liquor-free”. This means that no alcohol can be carried or consumed at these locations and substantial penalties are in place for those found not abiding by this. If you are planning on getting married at either of these locations and you still want to have a “toast” please fill out the application for dispensation from a liquor ban form and send it to

Please note: Between the 26 December and 5 January inclusive there are additional areas around the city that are included within the “Liquor-free zones”.

Find details of the Liquor-free zones within the Tauranga City

Reserves that need special care

Otumoetai Pa, Gate Pa Domain, Mount Drury, Mauao, Moturiki (Leisure Island)

These sites are significant cultural and archaeological areas, therefore no ground disturbance can occur due to the archaeological features all over the site e.g. no pegs can be used for a gazebo.

Please note that this information is only applicable to wedding ceremonies. If you are hoping to hold a wedding reception on Council’s public land these are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Event Facilitation team.

For further information contact our Event Facilitation team:
Phone: 07 577 7000

Last Reviewed: 15/03/2017