Located in Fernside North Canterbury, Cairn Cottage is approximately 25 minutes drive from central Christchurch. 

The stunning parterre lavender garden forms a seamless link from the Summerhouse ceremony area down through the Wedding Arch and compliments the rustic barn Reception area. This makes Cairn Cottage the ideal setting for small weddings.


Cairn Cottage offers a large flat lawned area in a rural environment with background views to the north of the Okuku Ranges and Maukatere.

From the moment you walk through the Wedding Arch and down the aisle of the parterre lavender garden the mood has been set.     
The Summerhouse, dressed to suit your style, is the perfect place for your vows. Alternatively you can opt for the Lily Snug, with its intimate, enclosed palm beach feel. Perhaps you would like to choose your own spot.
Our modern rustic barn easily seats up to forty but can accommodate up to sixty people for your reception or ceremony if our friends the rain clouds come calling.
Completely wheelchair friendly.
Cairn Cottage is a peaceful, relaxing and casual setting.

All your photos can be taken on site if you desire. From the Bridal Arch dotted with Clematis in early November, to the extensive beds of peony roses in bloom from late October to early December, or the lavender parterre garden in full bloom from December, there is some where to capture that perfect memory. The old Cobb Cottage and the nearby Cust river offer even more great options.

Lawn games including Petanque, Kubb and Finska are provided for your guests entertainment. [Rules of play included] 

Wedding numbers are limited to a maximum of sixty people including bride, groom and guests. The head table can seat up to six.
All food and alcohol catering is by others.

This is a rural environment so there may be neighbouring farming activities occurring over which we have no control.
As this is a working property no animals are permitted other than disability dogs.

Smoking indoors is not permitted. There is a designated sign-posted area with ash trays provided.

Cairn Cottage Hire Inclusions

  • 1 x head table - seating up to six people plus 6 x varnished rimu chairs. 
  • Up to 7 x wooden dining tables seating up to eight people each with assorted style white chairs.
  • 1 x food/drinks table.
  • 1 x cake table. 
  • 1 x timber easel.
  • 1 x registry table and 2 x chairs.
  • 60 x white outdoor plastic chairs.
  • 2 x exterior 15amp power points for catering purposes [1 x 3 point, 1 x caravan plug]
  • On site parking - vehicles may be left over night at owners risk to be collected before 1pm the following day.
  • Access to venue for rehearsal and set up on day prior from 11am to 5pm or by negotiation.
  • Exclusive use of the venue and reception barn for the day from 10am - 11pm.
  • An additional visit prior to and as well as rehearsal day can be arranged.
  • What you need to bring and do
  • Linen, crockery, cutlery, glassware (some available for hire)
  • All floral and decorative material (some available for hire)
  • Your food caterer
  • Your beverage caterer and chiller trailer.
  • Shade umbrellas if desired
  • Post function clean up by 1 pm of the day following
  • Sound system if required

Cairn Cottage Bookings

Cairn Cottage hireage   
$1500.00   up to 60 people including bride and groom.
We have some crockery, cutlery, linen and floral arrangements for hire if you wish.
A non refundable deposit of $500.00 secures your date and venue booking with the balance due four weeks prior to the wedding. 

An additional $500.00 clean 'n' tidy and damages bond is payable one week prior to the booked date and is refundable within the seven days following. 
The music stops at 10:30pm. 
The Venue closes at 11:00pm.

If you think Cairn Cottage could be the place for you contact Kate on 0274627966 or email