Old Forest School

The Most Loved Venue

Events Venue


Hidden in the middle of a forest, near the heart of the Bay of Plenty, you’re about to discover a rather special gathering place. Old Forest School had humble origins as a country school in 1933,  spent many years shuttered and forgotten, but is now gently restored to have a new life as a stunning events venue.

From the elegant white backdrop of the original schoolhouse to the whimsy and charm of the 1943 built tennis court to the numerous rustic barns and cabins, Old Forest School feels like a wee village waiting to be explored where the most unforgettably magic memories are about to be made. 


Think of Old Forest School as a blank canvas, a beautifully curated backdrop that gives you almost total creative freedom to design your very own bespoke event. From choosing an indoor or outdoor ceremony, decorating to floral design, to creating your own menus with your chosen caterer, to finding just the right entertainment, celebrant and photographer to fit your personal taste.

Customise every moment of your wedding day and allocate your budget or time to the aspects of your day that matter most. If you love food then you can go all out on a gourmet menu or hire your favourite food trucks, if music and dancing is a high priority, you can book your favourite band or DJ and party late into the evening.

A magical Events Venue Hidden in a Forest in the Heart of The Bay of Plenty

When is Old Forest School open?
We open our wedding season on the first weekend in October and close at the end of April. Our season books out very fast, we suggest you contact us soon.

What is the maximum capacity at Old Forest School?
Our maximum is 120 people (guests and bridal party).

How does catering work? 
At Old Forest School you can choose any self contained commercial caterer. We can provide a list of caterers who have worked at Old Forest School previously.

How does bar/alcohol work?
You purchase and provide your own alcohol/refreshments, glassware and chiller trailer. We only require you to hire a dedicated, experienced Bar Manager/Staff (we can provide you the contact details of a suitably qualified and local person).


It’s really easy to make a time to look around Old Forest School. Just send an email to info@oldforestschool.co.nz and we’ll be in touch to arrange a time that works for you.