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Our Frequently Asked Questions, Answered

Where are you located? 

We're based in Waitangi, right in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands - a tropical region within New Zealand know for its spectacular coastal landscape. 

We are:

  • 10 Minutes Drive from Paihia
  • 30 Minutes Drive from Kerikeri
  • 3.5 Hour Drive North of Auckland
  • 40 Minute Flight North of Auckland (to Kerikeri Airport)

How many guests can I invite?

Baylys' Farm has a capacity of 130 guests total, which includes the wedding party.

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What are your wet weather options?

If necessary we will work with you to plan a wet-weather plan in advance, which could mean hosting your ceremony in the marquee or in the farm's wool shed. 

Our marquee has inbuilt drainage and is rated for wind, however the farm's wool shed building is also available for your event in extreme weather scenarios.

You do not need to rent additional tents in the case of bad weather.

How do guests travel to the venue?

As an operating farm it is important to us that we keep our farm roads in good condition, and we also want to make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the night. Therefore we ask that you book bus transport for your guests to arrive and depart in via Clarks Coaches. We are able to provide recommendations on bus numbers and timings. 

Please note, the wedding party and vendors are able to drive onto the venue and we can provide parking for these vehicles. Other guests may drive under special circumstances, please contact us for more information on this.

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What do couples and guests do for accommodation?

Baylys’ Farm does not have any onsite accommodation, however the property is a 10-minute drive from Paihia township where there are plenty of accommodation options at different price points. 

Some of the larger hotels will happily reserve rooms for your guests in advance, and we have exclusive discounts available with some businesses allowing you to pass on savings to your guests.

Couples are also able to book one of the many local holiday homes for the wedding party and families. 

Please contact us if you would like more information on accommodation.

Are you able to recommend local vendors?

Absolutely! We will happily recommend local vendors, and we are lucky to have some very talented vendors in the region. 

We have a set list of vendors you can choose from for your catering and bar. Outside of these items you are welcome to use any vendors you wish for your wedding day.

Please contact us if you would like to review our recommended vendors list.

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Are there toilets at the venue?

Yes, we have a two-bathroom unisex luxury toilet trailer that will be at the marquee for the duration of your event. 

Toiletries are provided and Baylys’ Farm staff will service the toilets throughout the event for you.

What are the catering and bar requirements?

Baylys' Farm works exclusively with a selection of approved catering companies, and we ask that you book one of these businesses for all of the food requirements at your event (excluding the wedding cake). Please contact us if you would like to review their sample menus and pricing.

In terms of the bar, all beverage service is to be managed by the friendly team at Kindred Spirits. You supply the beverages and they will provide the bar, serving staff, glassware, chiller trailer and more to ensure you have smooth drinks service at your event.

How involved are Baylys’ Farm staff?

From our initial meeting we are here to help you throughout your wedding planning journey and are happy to answer any questions you have. 

Upon your set-up day we will greet you once you arrive to the venue, and you will have access to us should you have any questions throughout your set-up and pack-down.

There will also be Baylys' Farm staff available for the full duration of your event. They will manage venue inventory and also liaise with your vendors and MC to ensure everything runs smoothly on your wedding day.

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Does the marquee have power?

Our beachfront marquee location has a permanent silenced generator installed which will service all of your power needs for the event. Baylys’ Farm staff will take care of the fuel and maintenance on the day.

What is your fire and candle policy?

The Northland region generally has a fire ban throughout the spring and summer months, which means we do not allow any open flames at the venue (e.g. fire pits, braziers). Gas heaters are okay to use in outdoor areas.

Please contact us directly to discuss our candle policy.

What is the venue curfew?

Our venue curfew is midnight, and we ask that music is turned off at 11:45pm to allow some time for guests to make their way onto the buses before heading back to Paihia.

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What are your requirements for cleaning and rubbish?

All cleaning and pack-down is to be completed by 11am the day after your event. Baylys’ Farm will provide bins, and we ask that all general rubbish is placed in the bins which we will then dispose of for you. All external hire and personal items will also need to be removed or collected by 11am the day after your wedding.

Is the venue pet friendly?

Our property is in a kiwi protected zone, which means both DOC and the Far North District Council have specifically advised that we are not allowed to host outside animals at the venue.

Have a question that wasn't answered here? Please don't hesitate to contact us at contact@baylysfarm.co.nz or 027 323 8257.