Hospitality Awards 2019 Page 27 The Waterlily Gardens sits between the stunning Karangahake Gorge and Waihi Beach, a popular holiday destination, and with its stunning surroundings and exceptional hospitality it is the perfect space for any function. We profile the venue to find out more about how it came to be recognised for hosting stunning weddings in this year’s Hospitality Awards. TheWaterlily Gardens: LUX Wedding Venue of the Year 2019 - Waikato Spread across 15 acres of carefully planned space, The Waterlily Gardens include formal lawn areas, and multiple water lily and lotus ponds throughout the property, as well as native New Zealand Bushwalks, rivers, waterfalls, a fernery and pine forest, and an incredible one-acre lake with a beautiful old twisted willow on an island in the centre. For couples seeking a unique space to showcase their love, The Waterlily Garden offer an all-in-one wedding venue. The happy couple can stay overnight in one of the venue’s gorgeous little cottages, get ready at their leisure on site, wander to which ever area they have chosen for their ceremony, and then celebrate with an amazing reception in the venue’s glass walled Garden Pavilion, catered and serviced by their attentive staff. They then retire to their own cottage for the night, a few minutes stroll away. Thanks to this beautiful space and the skill and dedication of its team, The Waterlily Gardens has become a renowned venue for discerning couples looking to host their dream wedding in paradise. All staff greet guests at every wedding and the venue has its own to dedicated venue coordinator who will be on hand to ensure that everything goes without a hitch. Looking ahead, as New Zealand’s wedding industry flourishes The Waterlily Gardens has many new opportunities to grow and thrive. As such, the venue’s team will remain committed to restoring the gardens to their full glory and opening new areas to wedding guests. The team are also keen to enhance and enlarge the entertainment areas for future couples and their loved ones. Company: The Waterlily Gardens Address: 441 Pukekauri Road Telephone Number: +64 07 214 8188 Web Address: © Photographer, Jackson Bright © Photographer, Olga Levien © Photographer, Olga Levien