Tariff includes the venue for the day, set up day before, breakdown day after. The Casale is available for only three events per year.
Please have your event planner contact us to discuss.
About amplified music
The venue is very suitable for unamplified acoustic music, meaning musicians who play instruments or sing without electronic amplification. Disk jockeys and amplified rock bands tend to create problems, both with the neighbours, and we have noticed, with the celebration of the day. There are plenty of venues on Waiheke suitable for drunken rowdy parties, but not Casale di Terra, please.
We also have found that when acoustical music is provided, especially classical in the beginning during the vows and subsequent toasts, and later ethnic (Irish, Greek, etc), the guests love it. Most guests want to talk with each other, and find amplified music means they have to yell at each other to be heard.
Due to complaints from a neighbour to the north, we are now restricting amplified music - especially those with loud base frequencies - to the potager courtyard with the wind wall closed. Amplified music is limited to two hours and must end within a hour after sunset. For those who want to move on to another venue for late night dancing and partying, we recommend booking a Fullers bus and one of the community halls.
About children attending
Casale di Terra is not designed for children, and children are discouraged. Despite asking parents to be vigilant, the results have not been good, as on the day we find children playing the fish pond, climbing ladders and trees and doing things kids do in playgrounds.
Accordingly, if any children are to attend, we now require that a professional nanny must be employed who is on full time for the duration of the children's presence with one nanny for every six children. Children must be supervised by the nanny and in sight at all times, and if any unacceptable behaviour occurs, that the parents must remove themselves and their children from the premises immediately. Sorry to have to set this restriction, but unfortunately it has been a problem in the past.
Waiheke has its wet seasons, mixed seasons and dry seasons, but we can get dry seasons where the tail end of a cyclone blows through or every so often surprises everyone with inclement weather. Accordingly, it is best to book marquis to be set up the day before the event and removed the day after.
The wind has two prevailing directions... the southwest is cold, blows in the potager courtyard but is blocked by the main building in the inner courtyard and carrera marble patio. The northerly wind, which is warmer but can be stronger, blows in the marble patio and requires a marquis with side curtains. Best for your event planner to consult with a marquis rental company.
Notes on external regulations and safety: