Baylys' Farm

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About Baylys' Farm

Baylys’ Farm lies at the heart of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, and is steeped in both history and natural beauty. With 2000-acres of rolling farmland sitting alongside secluded bays and golden sand beaches of the Pacific Ocean, the property provides a stunning backdrop for your wedding celebration across multiple ceremony and reception locations. As a semi dry-hire venue Baylys’ Farm specialises in providing you with the beauty of a beachside wedding that can be tailored and styled to your tastes, while they take care of the functional elements.

Behind The Brand

What rooms/spaces do you have available for a wedding?

Ceremony: The Point (capacity 150pax)

Our most popular ceremony location, The Point is located in the same area as our beachfront marquee allowing you to keep the festivities close together. After walking up a small track you are greeted with elevated 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands, which is sure to take your guest’s breath away. The Point has a downward slope, meaning all guests are able to enjoy the ceremony with ease. This area also has a standalone bar, perfect for serving water or post-ceremony bubbles

Reception: Beachfront Marquee (capacity 150pax)

Nestled above a private beach with uninterrupted views out to the Bay of Islands, our Beachfront Marquee has been landscaped especially for your wedding reception. The marquee lawn is an idyllic spot for the post-ceremony drinks and photos before you head inside for dinner and dancing. The marquee itself is a blank canvas for you to set-up and style as you please. We’ll take care of the functional elements, such as toilets, power, lighting, and furniture.

Reception: Wool Shed (capacity 90pax)

Our Wool Shed is the perfect space for a rustic indoor reception. The building has all the necessities, and exposed wooden beams make it an easy space to style. A raised stage works well for wedding party seating and speeches, and tables can be folded away later at night when the dancing begins.

Note: Our venue capacity is 150 people.


Do you offer onsite accommodation?

No, we do not have any onsite accommodation however we are a ten-minute drive from Paihia, which is a busy tourist town with plenty of accommodation options available at different price points. We recommend certain resorts, hotels, and holiday homes to our couples depending on their needs.


What additional features and facilities does your venue offer that couples may find useful?

Our venue hire fee includes the following inventory:

  • 10m x 24m clear span marquee
  • Wooden dining furniture – cross back dining chairs and wooden dining tables
  • Wooden bench seats for the ceremony
  • Luxury toilet trailer unit at Beach Marquee
  • Outdoor bar for serving post-ceremony drinks on The Point
  • Signing table and chairs
  • White market umbrellas, wine barrel bar leaners and bar stools
  • Generator for power requirements at Beach Marquee
  • Indoor and outdoor festoon lighting at Beach Marquee
  • Partnerships with the best local caterers
  • Partnerships with local bus companies for guest transport
  • Other small touches such as woollen blankets, ice buckets, rubbish removal, etc.


What type of couple would fall in love with your venue and why?

Baylys Farm appeals to couples who are looking for a relaxed wedding set amongst the most beautiful New Zealand landscape. They are either drawn to the farmland or private beaches or both and wish to host their wedding against the breathtaking backdrop of the Bay of Islands. With the ceremony and reception within walking distance, the day flows seamlessly and both the couple and their guests are able to enjoy the day in one place.

Our package includes all of the major functional items required to host a marquee wedding, which means couples are able to focus on tailoring the rest of the day (styling, food, florals, etc.) to suit their tastes and budget. We are BYO alcohol and work with preferred professional caterers. In addition to the above, couples are able to use multiple private beaches and farmland for unique and stunning wedding photos and videos.

Editor’s Notes


Why we love it…

A perfect balance of New Zealand’s breathtaking private beaches and rolling farmland, with uninterrupted views out to the Bay of Islands.


For the couple…

For the laid-back, relaxed couple looking for a blank canvas venue with options for both their ceremony and reception. A historic venue that offers the complete package so you can relax and focus on the styling details.


Styling tips…

Think simple, rustic touches to put the emphasis on your beautiful surroundings. Treat your guests and celebrate in various locations throughout the day by having your ceremony at the point and ending the night in the Wool Shed under suspended foliage, scattered candlelight and linen-covered tables.