Experience the unforgettable at our truly unique castle venue in the beautiful Nelson countryside.

The Mudcastle is a magical New Zealand wedding venue for couples who want to make their special day one to remember.

Located in the sunshine capital of New Zealand, the hand-built, adobe brick castle has beautiful on-site accommodation and indoor and outdoor sites for hosting your wedding ceremony and reception.

The secluded grounds provide the perfect backdrop to your wedding with picturesque gardens and waterfalls, surrounded by the rolling hills and rustic farm buildings of the Moutere Valley. Golden beaches, mountains, lakes and three national parks are not far away.

You and your guests will have exclusive access to the castle and grounds for the duration of your stay. Exclusive access means that no other booking is taken.

One of New Zealand’s most remarkable wedding venues, The Mudcastle is your dream wedding destination. We are very flexible and cater to your personal wants, needs and budget.

A distinctive conference and event venue

The Mudcastle is also available for conferences, events, retreats, family reunions and other celebrations.

Ask us about venue hire for your next event.

Your Premiere Nelson Wedding Venue

The Mudcastle is the perfect venue for your dream wedding or event.


Weddings at The Mudcastle are a dream come true. With on-site boutique accommodation for the bridal party, indoor and outdoor ceremony sites, top quality catering and seating for up to 100 guests, The Mudcastle offers privacy, style and attention to detail at every turn. Rainbow friendly.

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Events hosted in a hand-built natural earth castle always generate a buzz. Perfect for conferences, retreats, and corporate events, creative brainstorming sessions, as well as Christmas parties, charity events, family reunions and other celebrations. Our secluded country location guarantees your privacy.

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Staying at The Mudcastle is always an exclusive experience. You’ll be the only booking in the entire castle and will only see the owners if you need them for something. For small groups seeking a special getaway location, multi-night self-catering stays at The Mudcastle are perfect.

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Memories You’ll Treasure Forever

You deserve

A Venue Like No Other

Celebrate your special day or host your event in a real castle, lovingly hand-built using traditional adobe bricks. It’s the only wedding venue of its kind in New Zealand.

Picture-Perfect Location

Welcome to paradise. Our gorgeous grounds and gardens and the region’s beaches, lakes, and mountains offer breath-taking photo opportunities.

A Wedding as individual as you are

Relax in the knowledge that your hosts have over 30 years experience in making dreams come true. They can help you with any aspect of planning your day should you want or need their assistance.


Wonderful hosts. Delicious food catering for all dietary requirements. Fascinating story. Looking forward to my next visit.
No8 Tours

We recently had our wedding at The Mudcastle and it was the perfect experience. You can't beat the setting and Glenys & Kevin are the perfect hosts. All the guests were raving about the food and the location. If you're looking for a wedding venue in the Nelson Marlborough region this is the place to go!

-- J. Gerbich

Dear Glenys & Kevin,
"The word is out and our wedding was top tier for all attendees. It was beyond perfect and all of that was down to you. Thank you for allowing our mob of Aussies and West Coasters to invade your house,for the patience and kindness you had with us all night and for putting up with us well into the wee hours. The venue and you as hosts were unbelievable and gave us a day we will cherish forever."

--Sam & Janelle Loveridge

Hi Glenys,
"How have you been? Humphrey and I have been continue traveling the world and we’re currently in Malaysia. Humphrey’s brother, has sent us some photos from our wedding and we wanted to share them with you. They really did turn out fantastic. Please feel free to show these photos to your potential guests if you want to give them some ideas of what their special day might look like! We really had a great time and it was the best day of our lives. Thank you again for everything you and Kevin did to make it so special!"

-- Sally & Humprey

“We had a perfect day and couldn't imagine having our wedding anywhere else, The Mudcastle is a fabulous venue. All our guests commented on the lovely setting. Thanks again."

-- Fiona & Chris McGlinchey

"The greatest of hosts plus the most romantic venue equals the "perfect" wedding. Thank you!"

-- Allan and Barbara Stevens

“We have great memories of our stay at the mud castle we talk about it often. Don't forget if you are coming over the ditch you are welcome to visit & stay at our humble abode it is not a castle LOL . But I am sure you will be comfortable.”

--  cheers from Mick & Sharon Applebee

“Thank you again so much for being lovely hosts and letting us use your beautiful home for our wedding.”

--Zoe & Michael Hughes

“I had the pleasure of coming to the wedding of a good friend several months ago. I said at the time that I would write a note to you about my time at The Mudcastle because I talked to you both before we left that night. I loved the way that the castle had many little cosy places to talk with friends away from the larger parts of the venue - you could still hear what was happening but have some quietness so you could enjoy talking together in small groups. I loved the way that you catered for the children who were there - they were really happy and if they wanted to be noisy, they had other places they could enjoy themselves in without being too noisy in the reception. You even thought to put little chocolate bites out for them and they, along with everyone else were fascinated with the ice swans - really different and gorgeous! The food was absolutely magnificent and that roast beef was out of this world - so tender, cooked perfectly and very full of flavour. The dessert was amazing - I could not fault the catering. There was a very homely feeling about the place and when the meals were served from your lovely large open kitchen you just felt so at home. All your staff were extremely helpful and friendly at all times. Thanks so much for such a special night.

--Angela Potton

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