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my story

Kia ora tena koutou katoa, hello there and a very warm welcome.  My name is Erin Hill and I would love to be your celebrant and see how I can mould your story into a ceremony, unique to you.

Ian and I have three adult children, who are now fabulously independent and managing their own lives. So as empty-nesters, we decided to pursue a semi-retired life in the alpine climate here in Queenstown. After spending three years designing and building our home high above Lake Hayes Pavillion we are very happy with the end result.  Ian and I enjoyed the experience so much that I am keen to do it again.

We originally lived in Auckland, and in 1997 I established an event management business, running events and holding weddings on our beautiful vineyard. Built on the upper reaches of the Waitemata Harbour. I dreamed of creating a romantic setting by relocating an old church on to the vineyard, renovating it and offering this as an extension to the package. Sadly we sold the property in 2017 as the city sprawl reached us, so the little old church idea never eventuated. 

As you can see I am a true romantic at heart, and felt training as a Celebrant would be a great extension to my already steady event manager’s hand.  In February 2019, I graduated from the Celebrant School and in April was appointed by the Registrar General to be a Celebrant. I am currently trained to offer marriages and civil unions, elopements, vow renewals, and namings. I plan to continue my training and complete funerals and rite of passage by the end of 2021. As a recently appointed Celebrant, I am completely dedicated to creating unforgettable bespoke ceremonies.  
My interests are supporting Ian and our children's adventures, fostering new friendships and enjoying the old ones, boating, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, cooking, gardening,  the love of Italy...... its people, its food, its design, its architecture, and its language.  

I am involved in many sectors of the community. I am relishing my new found passion and continuing education learning Te Reo Maori.

Erin Hill Celebrant and family
Wedding venue ceremony Lake Haye - Erin Hill Celebrant
Erin Hill Celebrant wedding of Nina and Alex in Queenstown

Our boutique lodge overlooking the picturesque Lake Hayes is a perfect wedding location. Get in touch for more information regarding hire for small ceremonies.

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“We just had our dream wedding at The Stables in Matakana with Erin as our celebrant.
Erin took the time to get to know us and our story before the big day.


This involved a couple of catch ups, a number of emails and reminders about key dates. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted with a mix of tradition and a bit of humour.


Erin also went out of her way to help with table decorations and much more. Thanks to Erin, we had our dream wedding and will remember it for the rest of our lives”

Livi & Jon Kitson-Clark

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