Blenheim hits the spot for newlyweds

23:59, Jan 31 2013
Alex Vettin
German couple Karin Kleinbach and Alex Vettin married at Pollard Park in Blenheim yesterday afternoon. They were joined by Pilot Mark Innes, Auckland friends Kobie and Chrisna Nortge, and wedding celebrant/Minister Ian Boddy

Pollard Park in Blenheim was the venue for a somewhat unusual, yet romantic, wedding yesterday afternoon when German couple Karin Kleinbach and Alex Vettin said their "I do's".

The couple have been in New Zealand for three months tramping the Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Bluff as part of a six-month holiday in the country.

They knew they wanted to get married in New Zealand, but wanted to see some of the country before choosing the exact spot.

"We met these wonderful people [Chrisna and Kobie Nortge] from Auckland while camping at Paihia at the end of October and they told us about Marlborough because they come here for a holiday every year," said Karin, a teacher. "They said this would be the best place to get married."

The couple visited Blenheim in mid-January and returned a week ago in the run-up to their nuptials. They flicked through the Yellow Pages to find a minister, The Rev Ian Boddy from the Wesley Centre. He was more than happy to perform his first wedding service.

"They are just such a great pair, really lovely people," said Mr Boddy.


Just seven people attended the wedding, but a big party is planned for the Vettins when they returned to Germany.

"We told our family, but we haven't told our friends yet. We will send them all an email today saying ‘we are married!' " said Mr Vettin.

To celebrate their union the couple arranged a scenic flight of the Marlborough Sounds for themselves, the Nortges and Mr Boddy with Sounds Air.

"It's just been an amazing day, we are really looking forward to the flight," said Mr Vettin.

The Marlborough Express