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Win a Marton Harvest Wedding

Elope to the Country... Win a Marton Harvest Wedding  This Competition is now closed.


Project Marton is thrilled to be able to bring this opportunity to you.

The Marton Harvest Festival is our favourite event of the year. It is an opportunity to celebrate our history and our identity as an historic rural NZ town. And what better way to truly celebrate the Harvest than with a Harvest wedding. Traditionally Harvest Festivals were to celebrate a "job-well-done" and  celebrating an abundance of crops. Historically it was also an opportunity to get married. They would celebrate with feasting, dancing and a whole lot of fun. So in keeping with the traditional ways we are looking forward to a wonderful day filled with love, hope and opportunities. 

One winning couple will receive an authentic Harvest wedding package with all the trimmings valued at $30,000. 

Be sure to follow us on the Elope to the Country Facebook page for all the latest updates on this great wedding package. 

And of course we want everyone to join us at the Harvest Festival as our winning couple tie the knot. Be sure to follow us on the Marton Harvest Festival Facebook page to discover all the other reasons you should join us on the 31st of March. 

Package includes:

  • Accommodation the night prior to the ceremony at Tailors on Broadway (Groom and bestman) Oak Tree Cottage (Bride and bridesmaid) Includes dining at the Cooks Bar the night before the wedding, and breakfast supplied by Sugar Plum Cafe on the morning of the wedding.
  • Lunch will be supplied for the couple on both Saturday and Sunday from Four Doors Down. 
  • Ceremony and reception at The Marton Harvest Festival. (Yes, right smack-bang in the middle of our iconic event, celebrated by all.)
  • Wedding design and decor styling by Wild Rose Bridal
  • Bride’s gown and accesories by Two Doves Bridal
  • Suit for the groom and best man from Van Meer Suit Hire
  • Bridesmaid dress and accesories by Wild Rose Bridal
  • Hair & Make up by Prestige Beauty and Dial a Style. 
  • Wedding rings for the bride and groom by Michael Hill Jewellers, The Plaza
  • Wedding photography by Lucalia Photography
  • Photo Booth supplied by Wild Mint
  • Ceremony officiated by celebrant Chris Hinch with MC Kim Potter
  • Wedding cake by Marilyn Archibald designs
  • Floral arrangements and Bouquets by Jilly Bud Florist.
  • Reception catering by Artisan Kitchen
  • Cash bar provided by Good George Brewery company
  • Reception music & entertainment provided by Winsome Lost
  • The couple will be well catered for during their trip with lunches provided by Moomaa Cafe and Design Store and Marley and Flossys
  • Complimentary catered reception for the bride, groom and up to 10 guests. A further 108 seats are available to purchase for guests of the wedding couple. Tickets available for $80 from



The newly weds will enjoy a 6-night trip through the Rangitikei, including a Mountain to Sea experience, staying at these fabulous locations.

  • 31st March - Maungaraupi Country Estate
  • 1st April - River Valley Lodge
  • 2nd April - Tarata Fishaway Lodge
  • 3rd April - Awastone Riverside Haven
  • 4th April - Rangitikei Farmstay
  • 5th April - Colonial Tiny House

You will get to enjoy the energy of our Rangitikei experiences, including a horsemanship experience, rafting, fishing, clay bird shooting, and boat rides while discovering the magic and majesty that is the mighty Rangitikei.


  • Upload a photo of the engaged couple to social media platform (Facebook, Instagram or twitter) (make sure it is marked "public") then share that link to the Marton Harvest Festival Facebook page, or Elope to the Country -Win a Marton Wedding Facebook page, on the event "Elope to the Country - Win a Marton Wedding"
  • Take a video of the engaged couple telling us a little bit about themselves, and why they want to "Elope to the Country" Upload to social media platform (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) (make sure it is marked as "public") then share that link to the Marton Harvest Festival, or Elope to the country - Win a Marton Facebook page, on the event "Elope to the Country - Win a Marton Wedding"
  • Fill in the form below - and submit. 
  • Read the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.

Hope to see you at the Marton Harvest Festival!


Michael Hill

Michael Hill

Cooks Bar

Cooks Bar

BJW Motors Limited

BJW Motors

Wild Rose Bridal

Wild Rose & Co are wedding and events styling and hire specialist, servicing the wider Manawatu-Wanganui region, with a vast industry network and a immense amount of knowledge wild rose can help you bring your vision to life. With a bridal store based in the heart of Marton selling gowns on behalf on past brides and NZ designers, We can help you with your wedding or event style from head to table and help you plan your dream day on even the tightest budget.


Two Doves Bridal

Two Doves Bridal specialises in custom-made gowns for both the bride and bridal party as well as both custom and ready-made wedding accessories. All our products are made in New Zealand using both locally and internationally sourced fabrics.

With over 10 years' industry experience and a Bachelor of Fashion, Gina can work from a single idea in your head or combine multiple ideas into your perfect look!


Artisan Kitchen

 Artisan Kitchen’s menus offer a range of wholesome, nutritious, vibrant and tasty varieties of delicious seasonal produce, with a focus on fresh and local ingredients. Their food is created with a passion for exquisite cuisine, this, and the attention to detail, makes their food a taste sensation. They can design menus to fit your needs from casual, traditional or gourmet. 


Jilly Bud Florist

 Elegant. Classic. Affordable.

Our shop is aimed at providing awesome quality flowers you can collect or have delivered, any day of the week.
With a funky and rustic cool vibe you will find flowers of all kinds from the best growers and gardens in New Zealand, and awesome service.

We have a wide range of unique wildflowers and garden flowers with complimentary beautiful foliage to complete your look
We specialise in weddings and functions and tailor your flowers to suit your taste and vision. We will work with you to ensure you get just what you want.
Check us out on facebook and instagram and on our website.     


Wild Mint Photo Booths

Lovers of all things photo + florals. Specialising in modern photo booths, luxurious Sienna Reid flower walls & stunning backdrops that guarantee to bring all the happy feels! We cater for all types of events including weddings, parties, corporate and any other celebration that comes our way. Proud to be locally owned & operated!     


Van Meer Suits

Van Meer Suits has been dressing men in the Manawatu and beyond for over 25 years. Our staff are friendly, highly skilled and knowledgeable, and we have agents over the North Island. Our point of difference is the ability to hire to gentlemen in the larger XL sizes, as well as fitting boys as young as 2 years. 



Prestige Skin & Beauty


Go Ahead Hair Design


Go Ahead Hair Design is Marton's favourite salon, with experts in everything from that perfect hair-up for special events, to stunning colouring. Stylists at the salon cover everyones needs, men, women and children. We are so thrilled to have the salon join us for this very special event.

06 327 7330


Lucalia Photography



Sarah Watkins (Lucalia Photography) is a Wairarapa wedding, engagement and family portrait photographer for adventurous people, based in the gorgeous Wairarapa region.

I get excited about exploring outdoors; people and what's personal to them. I specialise in photographing people in love, having adventures in the great outdoors.

If you're excited by this too, we'll be great friends. Let's take my camera on a bushwalk, have a laugh and create some adventure photos just for you. 

Chris Hince Celebrant


The Downs Group



Speirs Group

A huge thanks to local business Speirs for their financial support for our Elope to the country event. Based in Marton, Speirs is proudly 100% New Zealand owned, employing many of our local residents. They are an innovative company, creating great new products or fresh salads to keep their customers satisfied. The latest range is the much loved "The Whole Mix" available in many supermarkets throughout the country. 

BJW Motors


KPH Transport

This year we have the support of KPH Transport to help with our stage set up. Usually we are packing up stages and marquees for hours after the event, however using their great curtain sider means it is a much easier set up and pack down. Thanks for being so accomodating guys! 

Marton Golf Club

Marton Golf Course is well known as golf's best kept secret with it's superb smooth greens and natural rough. It is a challenge for all levels of golf. Our groom and his groomsmen will enjoy a morning of golf keeping our groom calm, with a peaceful breather before his big day. 

Four Doors Down

Four Doors Down Cafe Marton, is the former Sublime Coffee which relocated in 2018. Bryce & Kim Crawford continue their love of food and awesome coffee from the comfort of a new premise complete with a secret garden. Our staff are the key to our success, their skills and friendly manner make them our greatest asset.

Located in Broadway, FDD is continuing to expand, a local chef is soon to start bringing more exciting cabinet and menu options…. 

Open 6 days at present, we bake daily. 

Check us out in store @ 267 Broadway Marton, or Four Doors Down Marton on Facebook. 


Moomaa Cafe & Design Store


Located on State Highway 1 just out from Marton, Moomaa is sutuated in teh ideal location for our honeymoon couple to pick up a bite to eat. A combination cafe and design store Moomaa is a confortable, relaxed spot to pick up something scrumptious to eat, as well as something lovely to adorn your home. If you are travelling past, take some time to check out this awesome place. For more details and location check out their facebook page. 




Oak Tree Cottage 30th March (For the Bride and Bridesmaid)

A luxurious stand-alone, self-contained guesthouse featuring two bedrooms, each with ensuite, and all modern facilities. Located in a very private setting nestled amongst mature oak trees, guests enjoy views over the picturesque gardens from the north facing balcony. The accommodation includes a sunny and secluded private courtyard, ample off street parking and free wi-fi.

Based in Marton, the hub of the Rangitikei, Oak Tree Cottage offers accommodation suitable for corporates, couples and/or families. Marton is your ideal base for exploring the Rangitikei, Manawatu, Whanganui and Taranaki regions. 


 Altitude Fly Fishing


Altitude Fly Fishing

Whether you've never cast a fly rod before, or are a seasoned flyfisher, this is where your next adventure begins.Based in Palmerston North, New Zealand,  Altitude Fly Fishing is owned and operated by Johnny Gummer.  By joining me for an unforgettable angling quest, my commitment is to provide a professional and memorable experience, with a central focus to raise your angling skills and chance of success to all new altitudes.


Tailors On Broadway 30th March (For the Groom and Bestman)

Situated in the heart of Marton, in an iconic 1866 heritage building, our charming 2 bedroom apartment occupies the entire first floor, offering spacious sunlit accomodation. We love to travel and created a comfortable bespoke home away from home when we fully renovated the apartment in 2018. The interiors are stylish and eclectic, with two fully appointed bedrooms sleeping 4, and there is also a double sofa bed to accommodate a larger group. Centrally located, cafes, shops, bar and bakeries are all within walking distance. Drive there and then gently amble about and discover all that Marton has to offer.


Contact Lizzie on 027884 6534  



Maungaraupi Estate 31st March

Built in 1906, the Maungaraupi Estate celebrates all that is elegant and glamorous of a bygone era. Walls lined with the history of previous guardians Maungaraupis new owners and guardians, Rita and Graeme, embrace the opportunity to share with you the proud history of this gorgeous villa.

With magnificent gardens surrounding her, Maungaraupi is full of graceful glamour, offering a tranquil and magical retreat. Majestic trees planted over 100 years ago confidently claim their space in the garden, with wildflowers jostling for space amongst the ground cover.

Rooms are elegantly appointed, again embracing the warmth and quality of yesteryear.

Contact 0223818066 



River Valley Lodge 1st April

Tucked away at the base of the Ruahine Ranges and Mt. Aorangi, on the banks of the Rangitikei River, River valley lodge is the perfect escape from the stress of everyday life. We have a range of accommodation options from backpacker style bunk rooms, to campsites through to deluxe Riverside Suites perfect for a romantic weekend away.

River Valley is New Zealand's original adventure lodge, offering a range of adventures on the river or on horseback. Witness remarkable landscapes in the safe hands of a highly experienced team. Our expertise, knowledge and insights, accumulated over three generations, can give you the most rewarding, interesting and enjoyable adventure experience you have ever had.
Whether you’re looking for a scenic weekend retreat, an adventure holiday or simply a beautiful place to put your head for a night we would love to invite you to come and stay with us, but be warned: once you experience the valley, some people never leave.


Tarata Fishaway Lodge 2nd April



We think Tarata is truly a magic place and we would love sharing it with you.
Our aim is to make your stay comfortable, memorable and fun.

In addition to the breath taking views, we have lots of things to keep you entertained including farm pets, river swimming, spa pools, Clay bird shooting, ‘magic carpet’ rides, farm tours, spot light safaris and unique trout fishing right at our doorstep.

Stephen, Brylee & Mikayla offer guided fishing and rafting trips for all ages.

Whether it is by the River on a hot summers day with a book or taking one of the wonderful walks in the valley, there is something special for the whole family.

We will even deliver a candle light dinner to your door if you prefer. 


Awastone Riverside Haven 3rd April


Rangitikei Farmstay 4th April

Rangitikei Farmstay is situated on a large working sheep and beef farm in the heart of the Rangitikei district. The hill country farm has been in the Stewart Family since 1901 and over the last decade Andrew and Kylie Stewart have created unique and authentic accommodation and activities which are enjoyed by people from all over the world. With mountain to sea views, large gardens and plenty of rustic charm, you are sure to enjoy this special slice of New Zealand.


Colonial Tiny House 5th April

Get back to basics in this lovingly restored, bespoke tiny house. Set amongst native bush, and lush farmland on scenic river terraces, come and experience why tiny houses are inspiring people around the world.
At 15 square metres, the tiny house is cosy and provides a beautiful retreat from the trappings of modern society. Relax by the fire with a coffee or wine, and settle into your evening. The tiny house has a bathroom and kitchenette ...and yes, breakfast supplies are included!

From the outside it may look as tiny as a Tardis ...but step inside and travel a century back in time to a spacious colonial interior.

Experience the Tiny House factor ...what living in amazing small spaces is all about ...



  1. Entries to be received by 5pm February 28th 2019. Entries recieved after 5pm on the 28th February will not be accepted.
  2. This competition is open to all New Zealand residents except employees of Project Marton and participating companies and their immediate families and agencies.
  3. To enter the competition all couples must be over the age of 18 and each be legally entitled to marry.
  4. The winner will be notified by phone by the 3rd March. If unsuccessful notifying winner by phone, an email to notify the winner will be sent. 
  5. If the winning couple cannot be contacted or successful contact is not made within a reasonable time period (2days after contact attempt) or if the winning couple fails to meet any of the eligibility requirements or is otherwise unable to comply with these terms and conditions, it may result in forfeiture of the prize and Project Marton Inc. reserves the right to disqualify that couple without further liability to that couple and offer the prize to an alternative couple and thereafter until a winner is found. 
  6. The winning couple must provide their own transport to and from Marton, have a vehicle and be able to drive themselves to the new destination each day.
  7. Each entry must be submitted on the digital application form available on 
  8. A video link of the couple telling us a little about themselves and why they want to “Elope to the Country” must be uploaded on social platform either Facebook, Instagram or twitter, made "public", then a link of the video must then be shared on the Marton Harvest Festival Page under the event listing  “Elope to the Country – Win a Marton Wedding” 
  9. A photo of the couple entering the competition must be uploaded on  your social platform either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, made "public", then a link shared to the Facebook event “Elope to the country – Win a wedding in Marton”  
  10. All elements of the prize are non-transferable, non-redeemable for cash and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer.
  11. Entries remain the property of Project Marton and participating companies and may be used for future promotional purposes.
  12. The entries agree to have their photos & video published on digital platforms. Winners agree to have photos and videography taken of the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. Images from the wedding to be used by Project Marton and associated suppliers of products and services for marketing and promotional purposes. Images and videography remains the property of Project Marton.
  13. Project Marton Inc. will not be responsible for any transmission and/or computer errors affecting the submission of entries to this competition. 
  14. Project Marton reserves the right to change details of wedding and/or honeymoon with as much notice as reasonably practicable should an element of the wedding or honeymoon become unavailable. The winning couple will be notified and other arrrangement made within the resources of Project Marton. 

  15. The winning couple has priority to book and pay for the 108 seats allocated for guests. Tickets for paying guests are available for $80 per person from Project Marton. In the event the couple is unable to allocate the 108 seats to paying guests by the 18th March Project Marton reserves the right to allocate the remaining seats to other attendees. 
  16. (i) The products and services forming the prize have been agreed in good faith by Project Marton Inc. with the suppliers of the products and services forming the prize. Project Marton Inc. accepts no liability or responsibility for the provision of or failure to provide products and/or services from a supplier. (ii) The winning couple is responsible for all expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize. (iii) The winning couple is responsible for obtaining adequate insurance suitable for their needs before the wedding. Project Marton Inc. cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by the winning couple as a result of their failure to do so. (iv) All entrants, including the winning couple, agree to indemnify Project Marton Inc. for any expenses, loss or damage incurred or suffered by Project Marton Inc. as a result of the entrants' actions or failures to comply with these terms and conditions. (v) Project Marton Inc. or its employees or agents are not liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss, or for personal injury suffered or sustained during the course of accepting or using or enjoying the prize or any part of it, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. Under no circumstances shall the liability of Project Marton Inc. exceed the cost to the entrant of submitting an entry to the "Elope to the Country, win a Marton Harvest Wedding" competition. The limitation of liability set out in this clause includes any person or party in any way associated with Project Marton Inc., the "Elope to the Country, win a Marton Harvest Wedding" promotion. 
  17. Photos from the wedding will be available to purchase from our photographers.
  18. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  19. By entering the competition you consent under the Privacy Act 1993 to allow Project Marton and suppliers to retain such contact details and only use them for marketing their business.
  20. The promoter is: Project Marton Inc. 18 Humphrey Street, Marton 06 327 7633.


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