Friday - Sunday event update

Thank you all for an incredible wedding! 

Due to the weather today and a few other changes, please see the updates below re events:

FRIDAY LUNCH, 12 - 3 pm. White Hart Courtyard, 47 Queen Street, New Plymouth. Map. Food available from the Public Catering Company and Ms Whites. 

SATURDAY PICNIC - We'll bring leftovers, so don't bring any food! 

SUNDAY DROP IN AT OUR PLACE (instead of the Farmers Market): 10 - 11 am. 99 Frankley Road. 

See you there! xx

Information for Carl and Kati's wedding

Dear friends and family, 


We are so looking forward to celebrating our love for each other and for all of you at our wedding. It will be a casual beachy party with 80-odd of our closest friends and family from New Zealand and Australia. Come ready to laugh, swim, dance and connect with some wonderful people!


Coming closer to the wedding, we've put together the following information:


1/ Events around the time of our wedding. You can also download this document here


2/ Information on the wedding and for your time in New Plymouth. You can download this document here.


3/ Our response to "what would you like as a wedding present?"


Please let us know if you have any other questions after reading these. We can't wait to hang out with you soon in beautiful Taranaki! 


Big love, Kati and Carl


Wedding week events

Below is an outline of some get togethers we’ve planned for the days around our wedding. As well as downloading this doc to print off and bring with you, please check back to this webpage during the wedding period to double check for any updates like wet weather location changes. Thanks, this will really help us to be as present as possible during our wedding period, rather than on our phones responding to messages J.  


Some of the events below we’ll need to make bookings or cater for, so if you’d like to join us for a get together marked ‘RSVP’, please fill in this form by 1 March: Freeman wedding week events RSVP. Thanks!







Directions, notes


Tuesday 13th

10 am

Boat trip around the Sugarloaf Islands


Please RSVP here if you’re coming.

Chaddy’s Charters, Port Taranaki. Map.

The hour-long tour is $40 per adult, children under 12 $15, pre-schoolers $5. Life jackes and wet weather gear provided.

Chaddy’s is behind Catch & Co fish & chip shop, close to the water.


Wet weather plan: Len Lye art gallery and drink at Monica’s (café next door). Queen St, New Plymouth. Map.

Wednesday 14th

11.30 am – 1 pm

Garden tour and lunch at our place


Please RSVP here if you’re coming.

99 Frankley Road, New Plymouth. Map.

We have space for three cars to park on our drive, so it’s best to park up onto the pavement on Frankley Road. We’re the first house on a right of way, to the left off Frankley Road, after Clawton St.

Bus 5 from Ariki St outside the public library can drop you a few minutes walk down Frankley Road, just before Glenpark Ave. A taxi from town will be ~$10.

5.30 pm

Dinner at Ms Whites

Please RSVP here if you’re coming.

White Hart Courtyard, 47 Queen Street, New Plymouth. Map.

Opposite the Len Lye gallery with the silver facade. On Queen St look for the entrance by the gelati shop and walk inside to the large inner courtyard.
Ms Whites does delicious wood fired pizza, tap beers and wine. Japanese-style gluten free options are available from Snug Lounge at the other end of the shared courtyard, and they’ll deliver to our tables.

Thursday 15th

8.45 am

Yoga at the Surfriders Club

New Plymouth Surfriders Club. Fitzroy Beach Reserve, Fitzroy, New Plymouth. Map.


(The Surfriders Club is past the Surf Lifesaving Club, 50 metres towards town).

Bring a mat if you have one with you. We’ll be on the grass or verandah on the sea-side of the Club.

9.30 am - midday

Venue set up at the Surfriders Club

Any free hands really appreciated to help set up our wedding venue on Thursday morning J We’ll provide tunes! Wear clothes you don’t mind working in and bring your togs/swimmers for a freshen up in the waves before getting dressed for the wedding!

3 pm

Wedding ceremony starts!

Bring sun protection for an outdoor wedding (fingers crossed!), swimmers/togs and warm layers for a likely cooler evening.

Friday 16th

9.30 – 11.30 am

Venue pack down at the Surfriders Club & post-pack down swim!


We’ll bring chocolate croissants! Coffee is nearby at Federal Store or Vitro on Devon St East, or at Paris Plage at East End Reserve (the beach closer to town along the walkway) if you want to bring with you. Don’t forget to bring your togs/swimmers/cozzie for a post-pack down swim!

12 – 3 pm

BBQ, frisbee, petanque, swimming


Please RSVP here if you’re coming.

BBQ area on the grass next to the Coastal Walkway at the end of Buller St, on the city side of East End Reserve. Map.

We’ll provide a few salads, sausages, bread, paper plates and forks. If you’re able to, bring something along to add in for lunch, and anything you’d like to drink.


Walk/ride along the Coastal Walkway from town. The BBQ area is on the right before you get to the playground and Te Henui stream. If you’re driving, turn right onto Buller St, go to the end of the street, and park in the parking area near the water. Then walk back 50 metres along the Coastal Walkway towards town.


Wet weather plan announced at the wedding.

4.30 pm

WOMAD gates open!

Bowl of Brooklands, Pukekura Park

First performances are at 6 pm. Thievery Corporation are playing late Friday eve so bring your dancin’ shoes! Details here:


12 am

WOMAD closes



Saturday 17th

10.45 am  – 12.30 pm

Picnic at Pukekura Park

Bushy Dell below main lake, Pukekura Park. Map.

Arrive through the main entrance (parking available inside the main entrance or in nearby streets). Walk about 10 metres up the path from the carpark, towards the main lake. Look for the bright flax markers we’ll place at the turn off. Turn left here and follow the bush path along to the dell. If you go too far and reach the main lake, there’s a stepped down entrance to the dell to the left when you’re facing the lake, which we’ll also mark with flax rakau/sticks.


12 – 11.45 pm




Sunday 18th

10 – 11 am

Farmers Market

Currie St, New Plymouth. Map.

Come see our Freeman Farms stall (run by our casual employee Tashi that day), grab a coffee, listen to the live music and check out some yummy local produce! The Farmers Market runs 9 am – 12 pm, but we’ll be around our stall and the music area from 10 – 11 am.

12 pm

WOMAD starts



4 pm

Afternoon drinks

Bar at the back of the Nova Energy Taste the World tent.



11.30 pm

WOMAD wraps up



Monday 19th

10.30 am – 12 pm

Relax & cups ‘a tea at our place

99 Frankley Road, New Plymouth. Map





Information for your time in New Plymouth



Thursday 15 March, 3 pm – 11.30 pm


3 pm               Ceremony

4 pm               Drinks, nibbles, games, swimming

5.30 pm         Kids fish & chips

6 pm               BBQ & buffet dinner

7ish pm         Speeches

8 pm               Desert

9 pm               Music and dancin’!

11.30 pm       Last dance moves & chats under the stars

12 am                        Midnight swim for the wild?!


Dress code: Beachy cocktail party. Bright colours and bling welcome!


Things to bring: We’ll get married on the grass in front of the Surfriders Club so wear shoes that won’t sink into the grass. If the weather’s on our side (fingers crossed!) we’ll be outside for the afternoon so bring hats and sun protection, as well as insect repellent and layers for the cooler temperatures at night. We’ll move inside and bring the sides down on the covered verandah if there’s rain or strong wind, but pack a jacket and brolly just in case the wet seaside subtropical climate turns it on!


Bring cash or eftpos for drinks at the bar later in the evening. And don’t forget your dancin’ shoes, and swimming gear if the weather’s beachy!


We’ll have a guest book for you to write your well wishes and blessings in. If you’d like to pre-write something, we’ll have a box for cards and letters, and welcome your words of wisdom for how we can nurture our relationship into our future, which we’ll continue to refer to over time.


Photos and social media: We’d love to be as present as possible during our wedding ritual and to see your smiling faces rather than your phone screens or camera lenses. So please turn your phones off for the evening if possible. We also request that you don’t post pics of our wedding on social media. We’ll share photos from our great photographers with you all after the wedding, promise!


Wedding location:

New Plymouth Surfriders Club

Fitzroy Beach Reserve, Fitzroy, New Plymouth.



It’s worth downloading the map of New Plymouth on Google Maps for offline navigating while you’re here. We’ve listed a range of events around New Plymouth in a separate document online at We’d love to hang out around the time of our wedding at these different events!


Directions to the Surfriders Club:

Fitzroy is the second urban beach along the coast from central New Plymouth.


Driving: On Devon St East in Fitzroy turn onto Beach Street. At the bottom of the Beach Street hill turn sharply to the left. Park in the far (New Plymouth end) of the car park if you can get a spot, or behind the Surfriders Club. It’s a small building tucked into the sand dunes. Look for the colourful markers and the blackboard sign for our wedding on the wall of the Club. Note that the wedding isn’t at the Surf Lifesaving Club - keep walking 50 metres past that towards New Plymouth.


Parking: Parking in the large carpark at the bottom of the hill or directly behind the Surfriders Club is free. Bike stands are beside the kids pool below the Surf Lifesaving Club.



From town, the Surfriders Club is a 15-20 minute walk along the beautiful Coastal Walkway, or a 10 minute bike ride. Keep on the walkway and cross the bridge across the Te Henui stream, pass the East End Surf Lifesaving Club, come up a slight rise, and you’ll find the Surf Riders Club on the right.



If you’re lost or need help on our wedding day, please chat to Zara, our Logistics Queen, at the Surfriders Club or call her on +64 22 192 4835.




Airport Shuttle:

Scott’s Airport Shuttle, 0800 373 001. This is cheaper than catching a taxi (~$25), and meets all flights. Book via their website. 



New Plymouth Taxis, +64 6 757 3000

Energy City Cabs, +64 6 7575580, 0800 14 15 25.


Car hire:

Airport: Budget, Thrifty, Hertz, Avis, Europcar and Pegasus all operate from New Plymouth airport, which is 15 minutes drive from town.


New Plymouth-based car hire companies:

Rent a Dent, Fitzroy

Cut Price Rentals, 21 Constance Street, Waiwakaiho Valley, New Plymouth (between the airport and town).

Budget, 77-79 Gill St, New Plymouth City

Cross Country Rentals, 15 Sunley St, Westown, New Plymouth.


Bike hire:

It’s worth making a prior booking if you’d like to hire bike/s, especially for the WOMAD weekend (Friday – Sunday).

Cycle Inn, 133 Devon St E, New Plymouth. +64 6 758 7418

Mitchell Cycles, 477 Devon Street East, New Plymouth




Weather in Aotearoa can be really changeable and in your time here you could wear anything from a sundress during the day to a woolly hat at night! So it’s worth bringing clothes and gear for every weather.

·      Sunhat, sunblock, swimmers/togs/bathers, rashy – we hope you’ll have lots of chances to use ‘em! Our black sand beaches can get hot so it’s worth having thongs/jandals for beach trips!

·      Warm layers, including wool layers and a mid weight jacket.

·      Waterproof layers, including a jacket and umbrella.

·      Insect repellent.



If you’re coming for the fun WOMAD weekend it’s worth packing:

·      Jacket, shoes, warm hat for evenings

·      Something to sit on if you can fit it in. Low sand chairs are useful if you have a light one (you can also buy at WOMAD), or a towel/blanket. Higher chairs are apparently banned this year so go low if you don’t want a diatribe!

·      Water bottle – there are water stations and no bottled water available.

·      Reusable coffee cup, cutlery if you’re keen.

·      Backpack with room for snacks and layers. You can also leave a bag of gear for the evening at a manned stall for a donation.

·      Ear muffs for kids. Lots of parents also bring a permanent marker to write a name & mobile number on their kid’s arm.





Beaches: Back Beach, Oakura (15 minutes drive around the coast), Fitzroy, East End.


River swimming: Meeting of the Waters, Merrilands Domain, Corbett Park at Oakura.


Walks: Coastal Walkway, Mount Paritutu (steep climb, amazing views over the coast!)


Parks and gardens: Pukekura Park, Tupare Gardens, Pukeiti Gardens


Mountain: North Egmont Visitors Centre is about a 25 minute drive from town.

Kati’s favourite mountain walks: Goblin Forest (15 minutes), Maketawa Hut (3 hours return), Holly Hut (7 hours return), Pouakai Crossing (8 hours). You don’t need to book huts if you’d like to go up overnight. See for more details. Weather can change really quickly on the mountain so make sure you take wet weather gear, warm layers and extra food.


Art: Len Lye Gallery and Govett Brewster Gallery, Kina design store.


For more info go to or visit the iSite at Puke Ariki Museum.