Flaxmere House


When we started planning our wedding we were looking for a venue that was private, provided accomodation for both us and our guests, a picturesque setting and somewhere that had an option for both an indoor and outdoor event due to the difficulties of planning a winter wedding. When we came across Flaxmere house we knew we had found the perfect location for our special day. Vanessa and her team did an outstanding job making our vision come to life. They went above and beyond to make everything ran smoothly despite the uncertainty of the weather. They were so easy to work with and kept us in the loop the whole time. We have had endless compliments from our guests on how amazing the food and atmosphere was and this was all thanks to the amazing team and Flaxmere, we will be forever grateful.
Holly and Jonas
We celebrated the BEST DAY OF OUR LIFE – and this was much to the credit of Vanessa and her fantastic team at Flaxmere House. Choosing the venue for our wedding and reception was one of the best decisions we could have made. The grounds, vibe, character and the rugged beauty of Flaxmere blew us away; we were set on this venue from day one. Throughout the whole planning process, Vanessa was exceptional. Her efficiency, smiley nature, expertise, advice and ability to help accommodate our requirements in any way, shape or form were faultless. We always looked forward to catching up in person with Vanessa and sharing with her the development of our decoration ideas, timeline for the day, catering and drink requirements - nothing was ever a problem. We felt very special and looked after at every step in the process The day could not have been more perfect. From the delicious canapes through to our buffet menu - the food stood out no end. So many guests commented that this was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. TOP NOTCH.
All in all, the day was magical, ran amazingly and Vanessa was just the best. We will be forever grateful to Flaxmere House. You truly made our day what it was – captivating & full of love, laughter and fun!
Carl & Ham - 7 March 2020

Flaxmere House team is truly amazing. The food was fantastic, venue was perfect and despite the rain and humidity we and our guests had the best time. The venue suited us to the T. Relaxed but classy. Highly recommend.

Emma & Allister

We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Vanessa and team at Flaxmere House. From the moment we first visited, we have fallen in love with the beauty of the venue. An intimate location nestled in the beautiful natural scenery of the Waitakere Ranges. Vanessa was very knowledgeable with all things wedding and was very eager to help and work with us so that we can achieve the look and feel we were going for. The food was amazing, we have had many guests say this. The ambience was relaxing and the mood during the night was so romantic. Vanessa has a great eye for design and it showed in the decorations she did for the reception. We have had a lot of guests and they were very well catered for at Flaxmere House. Thank you so much for helping us have an incredible wedding reception we will not forget. We will recommend you guys to everyone we know!

Tom and Michelle

From our first visit to the Flaxmere house, we are very impressed by both the location and the team. We loved the style of the house and the natural surroundings.
My husband and I both had relatives travelling from overseas -we wanted to show them the New Zealand lifestyle - and it made our life so much easier being able to accommodate them at the house.

I also had a big mission - I was living outside of Auckland and was doing the planning all by myself.
I was very inexperienced with weddings, and the team at Flaxmere really helped me to overcome the challenges.
For example, I had contacted more than 4 florists who did not suit me, but ended up finding the perfect supplier through Flaxmere house.

On the big day, the food was delicious, the staff were wonderful, and even our VIP guests used to dining at top international restaurants were praising the food.
My wedding would not be so smooth if it was not for their support. My husband and I can't wait to go back for another visit - maybe for a future anniversary!

Chloe & Jeff

Flaxmere House was the perfect venue with beautiful and relaxing surroundings that suited our wedding plans. Great memories will stay with u. Vanessa was flexible and accommodating of our needs. This took the stress out of the planning. A big thank you to Vanessa and all the staff at Flaxmere House and service providers Kevin, Paul, of course Dj Pete.

Jay and Sarah

Flaxmere House has been the perfect wedding location for us. We loved the relaxed feel, the food was amazing and Vanessa has done a fantastic job decorating the venue for us. Vanessa also provided us with great contractors for photos (Kevin), Hair and Make up (Claire) and of course our celebrant (Margaret), thank you all for your efforts! Being able to have close friends and family staying with us for the weekend made this location even better. Last but not least, it is located in a stunning environment and its proximity to Bethells Beach meant guests could go for a swim or surf before the wedding.

Lena Weissert

Never been married - no 21st or 30th, I'd every intention for a wonderful 40th. Flaxmere House in Bethells was the venue, A Celebration with family and friends on the menu. Eight months of planning I thought I would cry, Vanessa with finesse taking it all in her stride. She worked her magic as I stressed out in Sydney, I needn't have bothered like a fairy godmother in Disney. She rounded her troops, she armed them with chores, like a fairy tale my 40th was beginning to soar. We danced! We sang! We stayed up till late, The Flaxmere team were better than cake. They floated in the background, Always busy but never a sound. A great time was had, we still talk about it now. Bless your hearts for making my 40th memorable, Thank you Vanessa, Dallas, Laura and team,

Forever grateful


To Vanessa and the Flaxmere House Team,

Creating our wedding became a breeze when booking our three day event at Flaxmere House.

You provided us with many options and some fantastic contractors for catering, flowers, photography, music, nails to name a few – we are so pleased we utilised your professional contacts as they certainly over exceeded our expectations.

The arrival the day before our wedding with our families and bridal party was such a great start to the weekend ahead at Flaxmere House as it provided us with the perfect environment, that being relaxed yet intimate.

The wedding day itself was an absolute blast and it went off without a hitch, leading into a wonderful champagne breakfast the day after shared with family a friends it was certainly a nice finishing touch to such a wonderful weekend had.

Vanessa and Team, we thank you  for listening to Glenn and I  you truly saw our vision and encapsulate what Glenn and I are all about. 

So from our heart of hearts we want to thank you all.

Amanda and Glenn Ross xo

Amanda Ross

Such a great venue and wonderful staff. Flaxmere House made everything so seamless and stress free. We had the most magical and amazing wedding day. Thank you to all the team xx Alaina and Brad McGoram

Alaina & Brad

Hi everyone,
I just want to thank you all  for making shaun and I wedding day a miracle.

Fabulous food, great staff. The team did an amazing job. 

Florist : Shannon the flowers looked amazing and the roses really brightened up the tables. Loves the bouquets especially the bridesmaids ones. You did a great mix of flowers.

Hair & Makeup : Seb - makeup looked great and some photos from our friends really looks good. Thanks for creating my hair style. It stayed up all night.

Photographer : Kevin- can't wait to see what the photos come out like. You had great ideas and I'm sure we will have a great variety to choose from have one special one to put on our wall for memories. You really created our moments for us to cherish.thanks for the time you spent with us.

DJ Pete :  great mix and thanks for coming and also to playing my grandma's favourite  song for her birthday.

Celebrant : Margaret - we wouldn't of been married if it wasn't for you.  Thanks for being there and taking time out to help me during the registration process. 

Once again thank you too all and I couldn't of asked for a better group of people to make our day happen.  Especially the weather held out for us too.

Thanks from shaun and Kirsten

Kirsten & Shaun

Vanessa I just wanted to say that we had the most amazing time at our wedding. Laura was outstanding and so was Kristy and Mypo the babysitter! Everything went without a hitch and I was so pleased and grateful at how accomodating you and your staff were. I was really really impressed with the quality of service and the extra mile that your staff went to. Highly recommend Flaxmere as a venue for other’s that are looking at weddings or any celebratory occasions. Once again thanks so much, you guys are fully outstanding !! Thanks again

Erin & Rob

Dear Laura & Vanessa

Thank you so much for making our day truly amazing, There was no stress on the day thanks to the two of you, We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Venue, All our guests were in awe, and how well organised everything was. Laura had everything covered, We hope that any other couple who would like to get married and need to consider a Venue will choose Flaxmere House, Not only did we have an amazing day, but we made a weekend of it and had a great time with our friends and family.

Thank you so much, You Guys are Amazing!!!!

Christelle & Minaar

Dear Vanessa, Laura and all the Flaxmere House Team,

Thank you so much for providing us with such a beautiful, relaxed and well organized venue for our wedding day. Since our first visit to Flaxmere House we felt well looked after. Your wedding package was fabulous and we highly recommend it to all future brides and grooms. Everyone commented on how yummy the food was and how attentive the staff were. Kevin your photographer is AMAZING and your scenery allows for some incredible photos without the hassle of travelling. Rubie your hair and make up stylist made me feel beautiful and was a delight to work with. Thank you again for all of your hard work and helping us to create our dream wedding day.

Kind regards

Cassandra & Todd

Justin and I had our Wedding and reception at Flaxmere House in November 2014. The original plan was to have the service on Bethels Beach, unfortunately the weather had other plans. We left the decision to the very last moment to decide that we would move the ceremony to the lawn at Flaxmere instead, then it rained in the last five minutes so Vanessa and her team moved everything inside – even though this should have been stressful it all run smoothly and we weren’t even behind schedule. I loved the personal approach that Vanessa had with us everything turned out just as I had pictured it. Having everything in one venue really took the hassle out of everything. A big thank you to the whole team they were fantastic, they all worked so hard from start to finish. I loved my flowers so much Shannon knew exactly what my vision was and fulfilled it perfectly. Margaret our Celebrant made us feel relaxed and light hearted. The photographs Kevin took for us were perfect – they really reflected us and even though the weather and backdrop weren’t what we had planned for it didn’t matter at all – we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

So thank you for making our day so special it will be forever in our hearts.

Geri & Justin

We had our wedding and reception at Flaxmere House in October 2014, and we were so thrilled that we did this. Vanessa and Laura were so helpful and accommodating and they really did take the stress out of planning a wedding. We had a wonderful time and all our guests were impressed with the location and service which made our choice extra special. We were not going to go off site for photo’s, but Vanessa made us a picnic and said we should take a breather – we are so glad that she did this for us as it was just what we needed – thanks for this Vanessa. We would highly recommend Flaxmere House for your choice of venue. Once again thanks Vanessa and Laura for your outstanding service

Jeanette & Richard


Just want to reiterate heartfelt thanks for all the wonderful service, support and assistance you have rendered us during our 25th wedding anniversary celebrations at Flaxmere House.

Your staunch help has made all smooth and easy for the whole process of planning my surprise celebrations for my husband, Oliver. I was truly impressed with the quality of service your have extended to me and my party and I was so proud telling my guests how great and how pleased I am with the whole team who created an evening worth truly remembering.

May you have prosperous business in the days ahead and please extend to all the staff who worked so well during our event.

All the best.


Kookie & Oliver

I just wanted to thank you so much for all of the hard work that you and Cathy and the others put into making our wedding so wonderful. The lead-up was as low stress as we could possibly hope for, even given the 3.5 week planning period! No-one thought it would be possible to do a full-blown wedding and reception in that amount of time. Everyone present was impressed and amazed at how perfectly it came together, and they all had such a good time. So many people told us how wonderful the food was, and how gorgeous the decorations were. Lucas and I were so happy with every part of the day. We've created some really fantastic memories, and I couldn't imagine how it could have gone much better even if we had a year to plan. So thank you very much for everything you've done to make it so special!

Annie & Lucas

Tracey & I held our  wedding at Flaxmere House in april 2014. we had the most amazing day, and a night to remember. Vanessa and her friendly and very capable crew were instrumental in making it happen so smoothly. There's a reeason why so many of our guests mentioned how wonderful the venue was, and how nice all the staff were.  The canapes, mains and deserts were exquisite . The celebrant ( Margaret ), photographer ( Kevin ) and DJ ( Stu ) chosen by Vanessa were excellent and all helped to make the day all the more special.  Thanks to Laura and Kelly for their excellent work in helping make things go so smoothly.  The house and facilities were so nice, with plenty of rooms and beds allowing for our closest family and friends to stay the night.  Relaxing in the spa the next day added to our fond memories. We would highly recommend Vanessa, her team, services and Flaxmere House to anyone wanting to have that perfect day.  Thanks , Troy.

Tracey & Troy

We began planning our wedding approximately a year out and we came across Flaxmere House online and it seemed to meet all our requirements, including the ability to sleep 20 guests. After meeting Vanessa and her team we couldn't have been more pleased with our choice. They supported us every step of the way and were happy to accommodate our every need assisting all arrangements from nails and hair, through to additional nearby accommodation for our guests.
Our big day was amazing, Vanessa and her team took care of every detail and went above and beyond with a few last minute ideas and changes we had. Flaxmere seemed to be able to sort everything except the weather, which came through for us, though it was comforting to know they made contingencies available. A huge thank you from us for making this special day run perfectly.

Cassandra & Chris's wedding

Nina and I wanted a relaxed atmosphere where our friends and family could gather and enjoy our special day, and Flaxmere House exceeded our expectations. We decided on a cocktail party style wedding with rolling canapés throughout the day and into the evening. We even had a separatemenu for the kids and a "Fairy" for their entertainment. Vanessa and her team did an outstanding job and the day ran seamlessly. The food was amazing and we had generous portions. Vanessa was extremely flexible and let us use our own celebrant, decorations, music and furniture. Nothing was too difficult for her! The house and gardens were immaculately presented and easily accommodated our 86 guests, including room for 20 of us to stay for the night. We would highly recommend Flaxmere House as a wedding venue. The added bonus of the accommodation, BYO alcohol and of course, Vanessa to organise the details, make this a great venue. We couldn't imagine how our day could have been any better.

Thank you so much

Nina & Cam 's wedding

Our wedding at Flaxmere House in November 2013, was a fantastic day due to Vanessa’s patience, skill, ideas and expertise in helping us plan our wedding. It all went off without a hitch (excuse the pun). Our young children did brilliantly starting the ceremony, which I think was part of the relaxed atmosphere and everyone’s friendly faces. We used everyone Vanessa recommended and were thrilled with the results of the flowers, makeup and hair, catering, photos, music and the wedding cake (and I still have my “nails” which look lovely). Vanessa and Laura, made our experience of getting married a lovely memory which we will never forget and neither will any of our family or friends who joined us on our special day.
Wishing you all the best
Kindest regards

Joanne & Craig's Wedding

Exceptional location and supberb service for our intimate and relaxed but not lacking quality and style wedding last weekend. Our dreams really came true and Vanessa and her lovely crew exceeded our expectations. It was such a joyous time and Flaxmere is romantic with ultimate facilities. Food totally scrummy and of high standard. Such a bonus to be able to offer accommodation for the night for our guests that had travelled afar and not be able to have restriction of leaving a venue when on such a high. We highly recommend this venue. Vanessa bent over backwards to make our day the tops and even bore extra last minute costs. Amazing. Words cannot thank you enough and we will be back

Lockie and Colette's Wedding

Thank you Vanessa for an awesome holiday home. Our family (17 members) was well accommodated – plenty of room, and the property was very private, peaceful and picturesque. The facilities were great – spa, kitchen, bathrooms and outdoor area. We took some lovely family photos backgrounded against the lush bush in the backyard. Would highly recommend this place for larger groups who wish to stay together under one roof. Thanks so much again

Tessa's Holiday Home

Flaxmere was the perfect spot for our corporate getaway with everything we needed and more! Vanessa was a pleasure to deal with and went over and above to ensure our group of 17 were looked after. We’ll be back.

Brooke Bayliss-Browne

Frucor Beverages Ltd - Corporate Event

We used Flaxmere for our wedding reception in January 2012. Vanessa's warm, friendly hospitality, and "anything's possible" attitude made our day happen despite the crazy 9 day timeframe we put upon ourselves. In fact, we almost pulled the pin but Vanessa was the one to tell us we could do it - and I'm so glad she did! Vanessa helped ease any stress, which is just what us brides need. The house was perfect for our 70-person family friendly style wedding, and the grounds helped keep the kids entertained. It was also a bonus to be able to offer accommodation to those who travelled from out of town. We couldn't have found a more perfect place. Thank you Vanessa and your lovely family!

Natalie's Wedding
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