Find out more about holding a wedding or other event at Fort Takapuna.


O Peretū/Fort Takapuna Historic Reserve grounds 

Outdoor wedding ceremonies and events can be held anywhere on the Historic Reserve.

Note that although there is a railing in front of the Officers Mess building and vegetation along the cliff, fall heights are dangerous, so children should be well supervised.

The beach below the cliffs, also sitting within the Historic Reserve, is another popular wedding site.

You will need a permit from DOC to hold an event or wedding on the Historic Reserve.

All the information about applying for a permit, including the application form, can be found here.

These are standard charges for holding weddings and other events within the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.

  • Permit application fee: $100 + GST ($115 GST incl)
  • Site fee: $150 + GST ($172.50 GST incl)
  • Site fee if you intend to set up a marquee: $300 + GST ($345 GST incl), marquee not included

There may also be additional costs for specific sites, and if you need DOC staff assistance to set up your event.

Note: DOC does not hire out marquees.

A permit gives you permission to use part of the Historic Reserve for a private event. Booking ensures you have exclusive use of part of the reserve for the duration of your event. Please be aware that the public can still access the rest of the Historic Reserve and the wider Fort Takapuna area at any time, and that your event may not be the only event occurring on the Historic Reserve at any given time.

Contact to check date availability and for other inquiries.

Historic Fort Takapuna

The below ground Fort Takapuna is not open to the public. It may be available for events. Please contact if you are interested in using the fort.

The Officers Mess

The Officers Mess is a bookable function centre. For more information contact:

Phone: +64 21 082 03400

The Officers Mess is a popular venue for wedding receptions during the summer months, with wedding receptions being held on most Fridays and Saturdays, and often other days of the week.

Fort Takapuna Recreation Reserve grounds

The Recreation Reserve is a section of the wider reserve that is administered by the Auckland Council. This is the large grassy area that extends from the Officers Mess to Vauxhall Road and down to Narrow Neck Beach (see the map for further detail).

Contact the Auckland Council Devonport Takapuna Event Facilitator at if you are interested in using the Recreation Reserve.

Other information

There are no public toilets at Fort Takapuna. The toilets in the Officers Mess building and Auckland Council barracks buildings are not for public use. The closest public toilets are at Narrow Neck Beach Reserve. 

If you need toilets for your event, you can hire port-a-loos or hire one of the Auckland Council barracks buildings to use their toilet facilities.

The carpark is part of the Recreation Reserve and operates on a first-come-first-served basis. It cannot be reserved for an event on the Historic Reserve.

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