Non-Queenstown residents to pay more for weddings at The Lake Hayes Pavilion weddings

I just stumbled across this post on about weddings at The Lake Hayes Pavilion.  It seems that while venue costs for Queenstown ratepayers using The Lake Hayes Pavilion for their wedding reception haven’t changed (still $1300 incl GST for a three day hire, Friday to Sunday) from now on it will be more expensive for out-of-town wedding couples.  If you’re not a Queenstown resident it will now cost you $1720 including GST for the same three day hire.  Apparently the council made this decision because the Pavilion is usually booked out throughout the wedding season and the majority of these weddings are those of non Queenstown ratepayers.  I guess the Council is trying to make it easier for Queenstown rate-payers to have their reception at the Pavilion.

If you want to check out the article yourself (it doesn’t say much more than this) click on

Interesting – I just saw the same article on the Otago Daily Times website ( but in that article it said the cost was $650 for Queenstown rate-payers!  Then there’s this one (, again on, that makes a bit more sense: $650 for Queenstown rate-payers to have their wedding at The Lake Hayes Pavilion and $325 for the days either side.  The impression I got from the first article was that it was compulsory to pay for three days (Friday to Sunday) for a weekend wedding but this might not be the case.  I will try to get the Queenstown Lakes District Council to clarify this and will post an update here soon.

Weddings at the Lake Hayes Pavilion

Weddings at The Lake Hayes Pavilion will now be more expensive for non Queenstown ratepayers.

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Patrick Fallon

I am a wedding photographer based in beautiful Queenstown, New Zealand. I have been full-time with the photography thing since 2006 and still can’t believe I get to do what I love for a job! Here are a few words that I think sum me up: I AM…tall and bald, happy, imaginative, constantly hungry, active and friendly. I LOVE…my girl, coffee, photography, fooooooood, my family and friends, riding bikes, being outside, the simple things in life, people… I love my life! I believe that wedding photography can and should be SIMPLE, NATURAL, BEAUTIFUL.

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