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Weddings & Celebrations.

At Wanaka Haven we offer you an idyllic location for your elopement, small wedding (up to 100 people) or family celebration.

For elopements and family celebrations we are happy to offer you a full package, we will organise everything for you, or you are able to arrange your own suppliers. For small weddings and celebrations, we are able to offer you exclusive use of the lodge. We will provide you with a list of trusted suppliers to help with your organisation and to ensure your day is extra special.

Venue hire and an accommodation package with minimum 3-day hire apply for weddings and celebrations.

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Kokoro means hearts of things in Japanese or patriarch in Māori. A good Kokoro will mean heart, spirit, soul and mind all together.

If you need a beautiful, tranquil location our venue is available for the following:

To find out more about our cultural classes follow Kokoro on Instagram.

Upcoming Events

Miso Ramen

Coming soon in 2022!

We try to use all ingredients from local supermarkets and no artificial flavours added to make the broth from scratch. And of course using our home made miso.

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Daifuku Mochi

Thursday, 25 November 2021 10am to 12pm At Wanaka Haven, 42 Halliday Road, Wanaka

Our next class is to make Japanese sweets “Daifuku” by Yumi Sasaki. She has been living in Wanaka for 22 years and running her own class as well. She has got great ideas to enjoy Japanese cooking with local people.

$50 per person including recipe and tips, 4 daifuku mochi and tasting them with Japanese tea. 

Miso Making

Friday, 15 October & Monday, 25 October 2021 10am to 1pm At Wanaka haven

Do you want to know how to make and use Miso or interested in Japanese food culture? 

$50 per person including 2 type of miso as a gift. We will make miso from scratch and you will bring home to store till it’s ready to be used next year we will share some recipes and nibbles for tasting.

Please send us message to book your spot.

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