The historic Ilam Homestead and its surrounding lawns and gardens make for an idyllic setting that represents an age of heritage and style.


Indoor / Outdoor Venue

Ilam Homestead is the perfect venue for both indoor and outdoor weddings. Inside, the Homestead exudes all the grace and charm of a bygone age, with polished timbers, an operational open fireplace and a formal dining hall with space for up to 95 guests to dine in style. The downstairs bar and entertainment area comfortably accommodates up to 120 guests for canapés and cocktails. Alternatively, step outside and enjoy the lush lawns framed by beautiful streams, gardens and bridges. The beautifully manicured lawns are vast enough to house a marquee for alfresco dining, with plenty of space for the guests to enjoy the elegant gardens and surrounding landscaping.

Picturesque Setting

The beautiful gardens and manicured lawns provide a magical space for you to exchange vows and an amazing backdrop for your wedding photographs. Throughout the grounds you will find many enchanted settings perfect for your wedding photographs, including an adorable footbridge that crosses a stream surrounded by lush gardens and established trees - a photographer’s dream.

Great Location

The gorgeous location is tucked away amidst the grounds of the University of Canterbury. Located just 10 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes from the airport, the Homestead offers a convenient, central location and off street parking for your guests.

Catering Partners

Ilam Homestead has partnered with following catering companies who offer a variety of menu options from delicious canapés to formal dinner parties.


Please get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to arrange a viewing of the Homestead.

"Everything felt exactly right. The food was superb and the staff gave just the right level of attention and help. You made it all enjoyable and easy, and we are very grateful."


  • dining

    95 Dining Guests

  • cocktail

    120 Cocktail Guests

  • catering

    Catering Options

  • bar

    Bar Facilities

  • tables

    Tables & Seating

  • bbq

    BBQ / Outdoor Dining

  • marquee

    Marquee Options

  • gardens

    Picturesque Gardens

  • fireplace

    Open Fireplace

  • location

    Central Location

  • parking

    On-site Parking

  • wifi